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John D. Butts Scholarship, Established in 2011, Names First Recipient
The John D. Butts Student Support and Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. John Butts, who retired in 2010 after 23 years of service as Chief Medical Examiner of North Carolina. The new fund provides funding support, subsidizes stipends, and covers conference and travel costs for graduate students conducting injury and violence research; it also awards annual scholarships to outstanding injury students.
Larry Scholl, a PhD student in the Department of Health and Human Behavior at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the inaugural scholarship.
"Larry entered our doctoral program with a strong interest in injury and violence prevention," said Dr. Susan Ennett, Professor and Director of the HBHE Doctoral Program. "Given his interests, it was a natural fit to involve Larry as a research assistant on North Carolina's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The initiative is focused on evaluation of a gate-keeper training approach that involves school staff in several counties in North Carolina. Larry has been the back-bone of the project."
"I was very grateful to be considered for the first such award," says Larry. "I am thankful to have received nominations from faculty mentors for whom I have considerable respect and with whom I have been privileged to work and learn about health behavior and injury prevention. It was a great honor to meet Dr. John D. Butts at the awards event, and I look forward to my continued work in the field." Larry adds that his dissertation research will focus on understanding adolescent suicide attempts and overall suicide prevention.
Please help us continue to support exception injury students and to honor the legacy of Dr. Butts by visiting http://giving.unc.edu/gift/iprc