The Phoebe Prince Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund
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Berkeley, CA (Vocus) June 10, 2010
A new scholarship at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health (SPH) has been endowed in the name of Phoebe Prince, the Massachusetts teenager whose suicide in January garnered international headlines.
Ms. Prince, a high school student in Massachusetts committed suicide after suffering months of constant bullying from classmates. Her death brought urgent calls for more stringent and specific anti-bullying laws across the U.S. In March 2010, a state of Massachusetts anti-bullying task force was set up as a result of her death, and anti-bullying legislation was signed into law in the state in May 2010.
The Phoebe Prince Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will benefit current and prospective SPH graduate students who are studying mental and physical health promotion and disease prevention among youth and adolescents. Contributions to the fund will be matched by the campus’ Graduate Fellowships Matching Program, which provides matching funds for the endowment payout. Initial funding has been provided by author and researcher J. Michael Mahoney.
“We are honored to be working with Mr. Mahoney, and are hopeful that there may be other individuals who wish to do something in Phoebe’s memory by contributing to The Phoebe Prince Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund,” said Stephen Shortell, dean of UC-Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The scholarship will be available to students beginning in 2010.
Individuals interesting in donating to the fund can learn more at https://givetocal.berkeley.edu/egiving/index.cfm?Fund=FW6559000.
By clicking on "The Phoebe Prince Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund", other individuals may also make a gift in Phoebe's memory. In addition, they can help prevent similar types of tragedies from happening by supporting students who wish to focus their studies and careers on addressing issues around adolescent health, mental health, and/or violence.
For more information on “The Phoebe Prince Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund”, contact University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health Assistant Dean Patricia W. Hosel at (510) 642-9654 or via email at phosel(at)berkeley(dot)edu.