Fostering the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders
LifeBridge Health has committed a $50,000 gift to endow the new LifeBridge Health Maryland Promise Scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial and programmatic support to students with financial need at the University of Maryland with priority given to undergraduate students in the School of Public Health. Established in honor of LifeBridge Health President and CEO Neil Meltzer, MHA, MPH, the scholarship furthers LifeBridge Health’s commitment to improving lives through philanthropy.
LifeBridge Health is one of the largest providers of health-related services to the Northwest Baltimore area. Its mission is to improve the health of the individuals and communities it serves through compassionate, high quality care. This mission now extends to supporting Maryland students in need.
“Public health students are on the forefront of massive issues facing our society: poverty, social disparities, addiction, violence and much more. The LifeBridge Health Maryland Promise Scholarship will help the students of tomorrow as they prepare to take on these complex challenges and ‘do good” in the world,” explains Mr. Meltzer.
The scholarship celebrates Mr. Meltzer’s role as a public health champion with rich background in the field. He earned his Master of Public Health and Health Administration degrees from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and his undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His public health background influences all of his decisions as a leader at LifeBridge Health and his commitment to the field is also made evident by his service on the School of Public Health Dean’s Council.
Late last year, Mr. Meltzer drew on his experience as a student and steward of public health when he delivered the School of Public Health’s fall commencement keynote address. In his inspirational speech, he highlighted the health disparities experienced by people in the Northwest Baltimore area to underscore the importance of public health. He shared stories about LifeBridge Health’s work to improve population health with initiatives in areas such as pediatric HIV, support of unwed fathers and housing for seniors. In his closing remarks, Mr. Meltzer applauded the desire of the graduating students to solve complex challenges and do good in the world--a desire supported by their education at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
This scholarship will help the most deserving of students achieve these goals. Under the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program, the scholarship will allow recipients to access programs like peer and cohort group mentoring, coursework exclusively available to Maryland Promise Scholars, individualized tutoring and special academic advising. These programs will support their transition into higher education and ensure their personal and academic success. The scholarships will be available for incoming freshmen recipients for the entirety of their 4 years at Maryland and for 2 years for transfer students.
Additionally, all gifts to the scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar during the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program ensuring that Lifebridge Health’s generosity in establishing this new scholarship is continued for years to come.