Surya Howard overcame gender and cultural barriers to become one of the first female dentists, not only in her home country of India, but in the US in the 1950s. Cecil Howard conducted early research on challenges of ‘re-entry culture shock’ particularly among children and teens returning to the US from their parents’ overseas postings and became a mentor and father figure to thousands of students as a college professor over a period of 40 years. He is characterized by his warmth, compassion, generosity and kindness.
Qualifications: Applicants to the fund must answer the following prompts: “Please describe a time you demonstrated perseverance to overcome a challenge or pursue a dream” and “Generosity comes in many forms: time, self, spirit, etc. , please describe how you define generosity and have demonstrated it in the past or how you plan to be generous in the future.” Applicants must be undergraduate students majoring in Integrative Studies within the School of Integrative Studies and in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher). Applicants may be enrolled full-time or part-time, and may be in-state or out-of-state students. Preference will be given to applicants who are immigrants or children of immigrants from a developing country.