$400,000 Zilber gift establishes public health scholarships at UWM

The Zilber Family Foundation is making a $400,000 gift to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health to establish the Vera Zilber Public Health Scholars program. Over the next four years, the gift will provide up to 16 doctoral and 48 master’s scholarships through this program.

“This is the largest scholarship gift the Zilber School has received,” said Magda Peck, founding dean. “It will have a transformational impact on students and on the future of the school.”

The gift will help recruit and retain students in the three newest master of public health tracks, whose fall 2014 launch recently was announced in the key areas of biostatistics, epidemiology and public health policy and administration, said Peck. (See http://www5.uwm.edu/news/?p=11943 for more information on the new tracks).

“This gift signifies our great confidence in Dean Peck and her efforts to create an outstanding new school with talented students and faculty,” said Susan Lloyd, president of the Zilber Family Foundation. “Our community needs a school that will be a catalyst for healthier communities through the education of well-prepared public health leader-practitioners.”

The merit-based scholarships will average $5,000 per year for master’s degree students and $10,000 per year for Ph.D. students.

“Supporting full-time students can accelerate their path to graduation and entering the workforce,” said Peck. “This gift also supports our becoming Wisconsin’s first nationally accredited school of public health.”

The late Joseph J. Zilber, founder of the Zilber Family Foundation, was born and raised in Milwaukee. He and his wife, Vera, who inspired him in his philanthropic efforts, lived and raised their children here. Among many civic contributions, he was instrumental in founding UWM’s School of Public Health, which now bears his name.