International Scholars: Scholarship Opportunities for International Studies
The Beverly J. McElmurry Scholarship Fund was established for doctoral students in 2005. The impetus for the fund's creation came from UIC staff and students (both current and former) who believe in the necessity of recognizing and encouraging global health research. Beverly McElmurry's unflagging commitment to primary health care, both locally and globally, and the many dedicated scholars who have contributed to this field stand as the inspiration for this fund, and for future research and leadership. Candidates for this award:
- Are enrolled as a PhD candidate in nursing sciences at UIC CON;
- Participate in campus or college extracurricular activities;
- Have a past record of nursing leadership;
- Have a strong evidence of research focus appropriate to global and/or primary health care;
- Intent to continue in global health research.
About Beverly McElmurry
Beverly J. McElmurry, EdD, RN, FAAN, was a Professor in Public Health Nursing and Associate Dean of the UIC Global Health Leadership Office, Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care (PHC) since 1987. Dr. McElmurry passed away on May 14, 2010.
She had been a faculty member in the Graduate Concentration in Women's Health since the 1980's and served as co-director for the UIC AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) focused in Chile, China, Indonesia and Malawi. Dr. McElmurry developed ties to a strong network of international nurse-researchers dedicated to promoting a leadership role for nursing in PHC and to nursing research toward the goal of Health for All. From 1995 to 2007, Dr. McElmurry had also been the director of the UIC Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Program (NIH, FIC) and the College's Primary Health Care Research Training Program (NIH, NINR).
Dr. McElmurry pioneered the College's implementation of PHC in urban communities through nurse-led collaborative teams of trained community residents called "health advocates." This initial work combined a focus on women's health and development with improved health delivery systems. Dr. McElmurry's colleagues currently have several funded demonstration projects: the Chicago Health Corps and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) AmeriCorps projects, which link volunteers (both lay persons and health professionals) with community organizations throughout the city of Chicago to address health issues.
Dr. McElmurry had many years of experience in mentoring nurse researchers. Graduate students from nursing and other disciplines are encouraged to participate in projects of PHC research and community collaboration, to use project activities and data for their doctoral or master research and practicum experiences, and to participate in scholarly and community or policy oriented dissemination.
McElmurry Scholarship Awardees
First award: 2006 – Ellen Mbweza, Malawi
Second & Third awards: 2009 – Group Awards for International Scholars, Scientific Writing Program.
You can make a contribution to the Beverly J. McElmurry Scholarship Fund through the College of Nursing online gift website.