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Jennifer Schlecht Memorial Scholarship Fund to Support Careers in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Jennifer Schlecht

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has created the Jennifer Schlecht Memorial Scholarship for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). Jennifer was sadly murdered in 2019 by her estranged husband.

The scholarship’s mission is to honor Jennifer’s memory and her professional accomplishments of creating a group of highly trained, passionate public health leaders, who are bound together by a shared opportunity and commitment to championing the field of SRH justice.

The scholarship will commence in 2022 and will provide travel stipends to select students pursuing (SRH) field experience in fragile settings. The Memorial Fund will provide the generous gift to The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health (HDPFH), who will be the administer of the Scholarship each year. The Memorial Fund, created by the family of Jennifer, a beloved friend, colleague, and alumnus of HDPFH, from which she graduated in 2004.

The introduction of the Scholarship corresponds with Jennifer’s birthday, in celebration of her life and the lasting impact she had on the lives of women and girls globally.

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