Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship

Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship

through the Foundation for Sustainable Development

Graduate Public Health Students Apply Now!

Since 1995, FSD has trained and supported students to collaborate on significant health projects with our community partners around the world. To support advancement of our partners’ community health programs and to honor the legacy of Katie Evans, we are pleased to offer the Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship for Winter and Spring programs for graduate public health students .

Grant Amount: $3,000


Intern with Foundation for Sustainable Development

Spring 2014 Internship & Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship Applications now closed. Important dates for scholarship application:

Applications open: This round of applications has closed.
KEMS Final application deadline: March 1, 2014
Scholarship recipients notified: March 14, 2014
Internship start date: Summer and Fall sessions (click here for specific start dates by country)

In 2014, FSD will award Katie Evans Memorial Scholarships of $3000 to public health graduate students pursuing FSD international internships. Follow this link to learn more about Katie Evans.

Application requirements:

- Master of Public Health Graduate: Currently enrolled in MPH or completed degree within one year of starting the internship. - Able to commit to minimum 9 week internship - Demonstrated commitment to international health and community-based development

To Apply: Complete an Intern Abroad application on FSD’s website. In the field marked “For Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship Applicants Only” include a supplemental scholarship essay of approximately 500 words addressing the following topic:

Please explain why you are interested in pursuing an FSD Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship that explores the intersection of public health and community-based development. What draws you to the mission and development approach of FSD? What do you hope to learn from this opportunity? What do you hope to give to your NGO partner and host community? How does this opportunity fit within your future professional and/or academic plans?

FSD Intern Abroad offers students intensive training and comprehensive experience working with an FSD Community Partner on local development projects, including public health. It is an opportunity to gain project management, grantwriting, and cultural integration skills. Students are placed with one of our 300 Community Partners in Asia, Africa or Latin America. The program commonly acts as a catalyst for building a career in development and cultivating relationships with international communities and organizations.

Alumni of FSD internships have won Rhodes, Fulbright, and other merit-based scholarships; gained employment with international development organizations; and started their own development organizations. Please learn more at www.fsdinternational.org/programs/internship

Intern Abroad Program Features:

- 9 to 52 weeks in the field
- 40-hour work week schedule
- Individual placement with a host organization and a host family
- Comprehensive development training throughout the program
- Critical analysis and asset mapping done by student to define project work plan
- Collaborative project development between host organization and student, with support by the FSD Site Team
- $300 seed grant for project initiation
- Eligibility for up to $800 in additional project funding through FSD

For more information, contact:
info@fsdinternational.org or (415) 283-4873.
1000 Brannan Street, Suite 207
San Francisco, California 94103, USA

FSD has been partnering with public health organizations in the field since 1995 to provide non-technical support to ongoing efforts to combat health issues including but not limited to HIV, malnutrition, infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, reproductive health, health counseling and education, epidemiology and family planning. Public health students are typically placed at community health centers or health-related non-profits to complete their internship. The following are highlights of the 2013 KEMS awardee projects:


Rajasthan, India— Carey Mittermeier is pursuing a joint-degree in Public Health and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburg. Originally majoring in engineering, her passion for global health was sparked during a community service trip to Ecuador in 2008. This summer, Carey interned with FSD partner organization, Vikalp Sansthan focusing on health issues faced by Rajasthan youth. A non-governmental organization started by youth leaders in 2004, Vikalp Sansthan’s strives to give young community members a voice in their futures through capacity building and leadership training.

A fundamental challenge to Vikalp Sansthan’s health programs has been a lack of quantitative health information directly from the community they serve. Without this data, it has been difficult to effectively address challenges faced by this constituency when it comes to their health, as well as ensure the sustainability of existing health programs. Therefore, Carey focused on their target adolescent population to gather this critical information, as well as build the capacity of the staff in designing surveys and collecting data in the future. She initiated the Adolescent Public Health Survey, which involved surveying over 100 adolescents in three urban slum communities to assess basic public health needs, existing knowledge surrounding health and beliefs on gender-based discrimination. In order to connect the target youth population with Vikalp Sansthan in these efforts, she also incorporated relationship-building activities into this effort.

After collecting and analyzing the surveys, she worked with Vikalp Sansthan staff to identify best ways to start effectively addressing gaps in public health knowledge among this constituency. For example, they set up a small library space to provide public access to educational health materials. The staff say that Carey left them invigorated with new ideas to strengthen their health programs. They plan to continue incorporating the information when developing future activities as well as securing future funding for their programs.

When working in public health, flexibility and a knack for adapting to rapidly changing situations is crucial. I'm happy to say that I learned a tremendous amount about myself and the functioning of organizations in disadvantaged settings. -Carey Mittermeier

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Jodhpur, India—Anna Thorn is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Health Policy from George Washington University. She first developed her appreciation of culture and medicine after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in both History and Biology from Sarah Lawrence College. This summer, she interned with FSD in Jodhpur, India for 12 weeks with two FSD partner organizations, Rupayan Sansthan, a cultural research and education organization that promotes healthy livelihoods in rural villages, and Indra Yoga and Naturopathy Sansthan, an AYUSH center for health. Both organizations serve valuable roles in spreading awareness on culture and health in Jodhpur.

Both organizations, Rupayan Sansthan and Indra Yoga Sansthan, identified that their priorities were expanding outreach into the community to spread awareness of the role of traditional healing methods. At the former, Anna worked on a large effort to collect and disseminate traditional knowledge of medicinal plants of the tribes of Rajasthan including their social, health, and spiritual significance. She also facilitated expanding Rupayan’s reach to where it was needed most: the classrooms. She worked with staff to develop outreach materials and curriculum to train teachers in sharing this information with their students about the local environment. Finally, Anna created an archive of material of online and print resources about Rajasthan, desert plants, ethnomedicinal plants, and Rajasthani traditions.

I was fascinated by the role of society and culture in health, the issues surrounding mental and maternal health, and the policies that have been set up to promote public health. A significant outcome of my experience is my desire to come back to live and work in India in the future. - Anna Thorn


Tola, Nicaragua—Brianna Bowman is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. With a background in the public and non-profit sector, she also brings experience in direct care for individuals with emotional, mental and developmental disabilities. She plans to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Brianna is currently in Tola, Nicaragua interning with FSD at Las Salinas Institute, a secondary, primary, and preschool educational facility based in a rural community on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

Teachers at Las Salinas Institute take not only the education of their students seriously, but also care deeply about their overall wellbeing. With test scores dropping, a lack of understanding on future career opportunities, and high rates of teen pregnancy, staff have found that students lack motivation to succeed. Additionally, teachers reported that they felt unequipped to support the mental health needs of the students in order to address these challenges in the classroom. Though Brianna comes with a background in the mental health field, she understands the importance of community ownership. Therefore, she has worked toward connecting a variety of assets within the community to build capacity of teachers in mental health support, spread awareness on services, and foster the psychosocial growth of students.

With the support of an FSD grant awarded to supplement an already strong community investment, Brianna has facilitated connections with the school and a wide network of local mental health services and support. Psychologists from the Ministry of Education have committed to train Las Salinas teachers in mental health protocol, identifying child maltreatment and in making referrals. Those referrals, in turn, will be financially supported through a renewed income-generating activity of selling handmade jewelry. Family members are getting involved as well, through regular teacher-parent meetings. With expanded access to support, this project will culminate in a career fair to support students on learning about opportunities and steps to take in achieving their goals for the future.

For more information, contact:
Internship program - info@fsdinternational.org; KEMS - kems@fsdinternational.org; or call (415) 283-4873.