Foster Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to students with outstanding academic records and who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing careers in public health. Since 2000, OPHI has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000 per recipient.

The Laurence R. Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor Dr. Larry Foster, a long-time public health leader in Oregon. You can read more about the scholarship here. If you would like to donate to next year’s scholarship, please visit our donation page and indicate “Foster Scholarship” in the text box.

This year, five scholarships were given to students across Oregon. Meet the winners:

Rebecca Gibbon:Rebecca Gibbon is a recent graduate from Oregon State University, where she studied Biology and International Studies, with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. She is now afirst-year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University pursuing a Doctorate of Medicine with a focus in community and public health. She is originally from a small, rural community in Eastern Oregon and hopes to returnupon completing her education. As an aspiring physician, shehopes to be a leader inhercommunity by promoting community-wide health opportunities andassuring that all individuals within the population have access to high-quality and cost-effective public health care.

Sylvia Peterson-Perry:A Portland native, Sylvia attended Stanford University, where she studied Biology. She is a fourth year student in medical schoolat Oregon Health and Science University, as well as completing a Master’s in Public Health Program with a focus in Health Management and Policy. She plans to practice primary care for underserved populations with an emphasis on women’s health, and to incorporate public health policy work and community health research into her medical practice.

Jackson Thein: Jackson wasborn and raised in the small town of Burns, Oregon, and is now enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland,Oregon. A risingjunior, Jackson studies biochemistry and molecular biology while taking a wide variety of courses to round out his education. Earlier this summer Jackson studiedabroad inEcuador, improving his Spanish and witnessing healthcare first-hand in a developing country. After his undergraduate education Jackson would like to pursue medical school and a Master of Public Health degree. As an eventual career goal Jackson hopes to find a career in rural healthcare. He finds that public health and health education are critical aspect to serving rural communities.

Aster Wolfe:Aster Wolfe is attending the Linfield-Good Samaritan School
of Nursing in Portland pursuing a Bachelor of Science to become a Registered
Nurse. He plans to continue his service to the local LGBTQIA and other
underserved populations in a career in community health nursing. Aster is
particularly passionate about creating mental health, addictions, and HIV
prevention and care services that strive for cultural humility in working with
transgender patients.

Erin Hernandez:Erin Hernandez went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and shortly after graduating, moved to Peru, where she stayed for four years teachingenvironmental education and English. Erin is currently a third of the way through her MPH, after having completed one year of part-time study at OHSU, in the primary health care and health disparities track. In the fall, she will continue her studies at PSU, in the health management and policy track. Erin has worked at OHSU for six years primarily in healthcare administration, and starts a new job next week as a Clinical Research Coordinator/Senior Research Assistant with Casey Eye Institute and the School of Public Health. Erin has multiple professional interests, but sees herselfworking to promote policy changes to improve health disparities in minority populations. Erin lives in NE Portland with her husband and two small boys, ages 5 and 2.Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, watching her husband paint in his home studio, and playing with her children.