UA receives $2 Million Matching Challenge from Zuckerman Family Foundation

Mar 4, 2019

The Zuckerman Family Foundation has issued a $2 million matching challenge to support scholarships and programs at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Mel and Enid Zuckerman, for whom the college was named in 2002, are the founders of Canyon Ranch Wellness Resorts. The Zuckermans’ have been committed to promoting optimal health and wellness for more than 40 years. Their vision for the college continues to be the establishment of a national presence in the areas of health education and health promotion.

“We are proud to make this matching gift to support student scholarships and programs. These funds will carry on our shared mission of empowering people to pursue health and wellness. It's always been our priority to reach out to underserved populations," Mel Zuckerman said. “This gift provides support for those students and programs that will impact our communities, now and in the future.”

With a focus on integrated approaches to community outreach, faculty and students, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to pursue new approaches to chronic disease prevention, public health preparedness, family and community wellness, and public health advocacy.  

“The kindness, generosity and steadfast support from the Zuckerman Family has enabled us to advance public health research, provide scholarship support and create community-based programs in our efforts to reduce health disparities that impact communities throughout the Southwest,” said Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, dean of the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. “This generous gift proves once again the Zuckermans’ tremendous commitment to the college’s success and allows us to continue to broaden our impact on public health.”

Each gift will be matched by the Zuckerman Family Foundation. The generous support for this scholarship endowment will prepare the next generation of public health professionals and broaden our impact on public health in our community, the southwest and globally.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research and service.

To support the Zuckerman scholarship challenge, please visit: https://uafoundation.org/zuckermanchallenge

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. With campuses in Tucson and Phoenix, the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: publichealth.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter)

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