Alumni Association Scholarship Awarded to PhD Student Izidora Skračić
Family Science PhD student Izidora (Izzie) Skračić is among the new cohort of University of Maryland’s Alumni Association Scholarship recipients, an award given to those who show commitment to and involvement in the university community.
In her application, Izidora highlighted the need to reach out to alumni who live overseas as a unique way to expand students’ opportunities post-graduation, and the need to make the entire campus accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
The cohort was chosen based on their ideas for alumni engagement, as well as their service and academic excellence. Izidora is one of two PhD student recipients out of 27 awardees chosen from a competitive pool of 108 students.
Izidora came into the maternal and child health program in the family science department passionate about sexual and reproductive health. Now, as a third-year PhD student, she is a vital member of the UMD research team evaluating DelCAN (Delaware Contraceptive Access Now). As believers in the importance of contraception for all, Izidora and her research team are investigating DelCAN’s implementation process and are interested in what other states and countries can learn from Delaware’s accomplishments and challenges in expanding contraception access.
A native Croatian, Izidora developed a passion for public policy while working in the European Parliament. After completing her PhD, Izidora hopes to work at the intersection of politics and academia, influencing sexual and reproductive health policy from within a think tank, foundation, or NGO.
Izidora is using the $1000 per semester award to support her tuition. As part of the scholarship, Izidora attended the September Fearless Ideas Campaign event at D.C.’s Cosmos Club with alumni and supporters to raise scholarship funds. Izidora will continue to engage with stakeholders, such as the Board of Governors, the UMCP Foundation Board and the Scholarship Committee throughout the year.