Vice Provost Sara Hopkins-Powell supports scholarship fund named in her honor
The Sara Hopkins-Powell Endowed Scholarship Fund provides international learning experiences for graduate students in education, optometry and health professions.
Pacific University Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Sara Hopkins-Powell, Ph.D., has donated to an endowed scholarship fund recently established at the University in her name.
"I am honored that Trustee John King and the University have established a fund for graduate students in education, health professions and optometry to study and work internationally," Hopkins-Powell said. "These experiences change lives, and my hope is that this $10,000 donation encourages others to contribute so that even more students can have this opportunity."
The Sara Hopkins-Powell Endowed Scholarship Fund, established last year through a $100,000 gift from King, supports student and faculty international education opportunities that, in most cases, benefit underserved and/or low income populations.
Hopkins-Powell's gift follows the naming of the initial scholarship recipients from more than 25 applicants.
Melissa Lutsch, a special education endorsement candidate in the College of Education will travel to Mexico to teach at a local community. Amanda Terrell, a doctoral candidate in the School of Professional Psychology, will travel to Nicaragua to for a clinical practicum in which she will treat abused and orphaned girls. Brandon Smith, a student in the School of Physician Assistant Studies, traveled to Kenya for a six-week practitioner rotation through the Ray of Hope Foundation.
"I am extremely pleased to have been able to establish this fund in honor of Sara Hopkins-Powell," King said. "She has been instrumental in Pacific University's growing international reputation, and every Pacific student should have overseas experience to prepare them for this global world."
Hopkins-Powell served as vice provost and executive dean of the University's College of Health Professions from 2005-10.
During that time, the College established its Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro, a highly-successful Interprofessional Course and increased tenfold the number of international experiences available for students in places such as Nicaragua and China.
Her leadership also resulted in the expansion of the College's services to meet the needs of underserved communities, such as low-income Latino residents, in Washington County and Portland.
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