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Claire Peterson receives first Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship

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Kathleen Miner, third from left, with Claire Peterson, fourth from left, and "Kathy's Kids," Martha Alexander, Nancy Hunt, Dennis Jarvis, and Moose Alperin.

The first Dr. Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship for Public Health Excellence was awarded to second-year MPH student Claire Peterson.

The scholarship was established by former students of Kathy Miner 79MPH, associate dean of applied public health, as a way to thank and honor her.

Miner came to Rollins in 1978 as a student and never left. "She is a force in public health," says Richard Levinson, executive associate dean of academic affairs. "But above all, she is a teacher and a mentor."

Many former students credit Minor with shepherding them into their current careers. To express their appreciation, a committee led by the self-proclaimed "Kathy’s Kids"—Dennis Jarvis 88MPH, Martha Alexander 86MPH, Nancy Hunt 87MPH, and Moose Alperin 91MPH—have raised more than $140,000 to establish the scholarship fund.

Peterson, who was selected as the first recipient, earned her B.S. in genetics with a minor in women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Rollins, Peterson is working toward her MPH in behavioral sciences and health education with a certificate in maternal and child health. She also works in health promotion at Georgia Institute of Technology, focusing on sexual health, positive body image, and preventing sexual violence.

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