Scholarships create legacy of learning at Rollins School of Public Health

Two professors who have shared wisdom for decades at the Rollins School of Public Health will continue to help educate students through scholarship funds established at the school.

Stanley Foster 82MPH, a professor of global health and his wife, Dottie Foster, made a gift to establish the Stan and Dottie Foster Fund. The fund will support students engaged in the Global Field Experience program at RSPH.

For the past 20 years, Foster was a mentor to his “learners” both in and outside of the classroom at RSPH and a beloved teacher known for his storytelling.

“Don’t assume that the strategy you are using is the right strategy. Learn from your failures. Don’t underestimate the importance of optimism. And finally, remember that humor helps,” Foster told the audience at his final lecture. Nearly 85 percent of gifts to the fund have come from employee donors, including a lead gift from Foster.

RSPH has established the Dr. Kathleen Miner Scholarship Fund for Public Health Excellence to honor the positive influence Kathy Miner 79MPH has had on the school. Miner, associate dean of applied public health, has been a familiar face and a respected role model in the public health landscape at Emory for more than 30 years. She has taught thousands of students, mentored hundreds of public health professionals, and served as a conduit for cutting-edge research and programs.

The Miner scholarship supports an outstanding first- or second-year master of public health student who exemplifies Miner’s dedication to public health education and practice. The fund reached the endowment level in September with the help of gifts from 34 faculty and staff and more than 100 alumni and friends.