Shirley Lee, MSN/MPH
In Selfless Service
You came all the way from America to teach us how to brush our teeth? the young tsunami survivor asked. It seemed simple, but it was one of the best things we could do for the community's health. My experience in Indonesia left me with a burning desire to promote health in underserved communities world-wide.
Since that time, I have managed a family practice clinic in East Los Angeles, helped implement a family planning program in Guatemala, and co-led medical/dental mission trips to Mexico. My experiences have taught me that to make a lasting impact, treatment must be coupled with proper health education and preventative programs. Once I realized clinical knowledge would enhance my advanced public health skills, I sought out nursing education at Johns Hopkins.
Having graduated from the accelerated baccalaureate program, and now being enrolled in the MSN/MPH program, I can say that Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has exceeded my expectations. Every day I am surrounded by world-class leaders who constantly challenge me to improve the art and science of nursing and public health. I am inspired to make a difference in individual patient's lives and to serve the community.
After my graduation from the MSN/MPH program and certification as a nurse practitioner, I plan to provide preventative and primary care to underserved international communities, particularly in the areas of maternal and child health.
I am honored to receive the Dorothy Scott Scholarship, in part because meeting Ms. Scott has inspired me to invest in the next generation and to live a selfless life as she does. Her generosity will help me to care for individuals and families and make a lasting impact on the communities I serve.
Dorothy Scott Scholarship
Established in 1999 by Miss Dorothy Mcllvain Scott, who has had a lifelong interest in community health. The funds provide scholarship money to nursing students who are taking courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.