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Loyola students awarded Albert Schweitzer Fellowships

Loyola press release - July 26, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans students Sareeca Hoskins and Jenipher R. Jones will receive 2010 Schweitzer Fellowships, according to the New Orleans chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and its partner, the Louisiana Public Health Institute. The fellowships will allow Hoskins and Jones to partner with New Orleans-based service programs to address special needs in the community.

Hoskins, a music therapy graduate student, will work with at-risk girls in an after-school program provided by New Orleans Outreach at Arthur Ashe Elementary School, using music therapy to help foster self esteem, emotional expression and team building.

Jones, a Loyola College of Law student, will work with the Southern Poverty Law Center on the School to Prison Reform Project, a program aimed at helping at-risk children remain in school and avoid being incarcerated.

“This fellowship provides a unique learning and service opportunity to serve the city of New Orleans within an interdisciplinary context, while specifically providing the benefit of understanding how one's own academic discipline correlates to the Schweitzer Fellowship goal of closing health care disparities,” said Jones.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship selects and supports approximately 200 new U.S. fellows yearly from the nation’s top schools, each of which partner with a community-based organization to create and carry out a year-long service project that addresses unmet health needs. Schweitzer Fellows from the U.S. deliver more than 40,000 hours of service annually.

Initially founded in 1940 to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s medical work in Africa, the fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works to address health disparities by developing leaders who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others. Fellows come from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately 50 percent of fellows are medical students, with nursing, dental, social work, public health, pharmacy and other professional school students making up the remainder.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.