2016

Grants & Scholarships (2016)

In 2016, Bragg supported many leading organizations including the following:

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

It is an honor as always to reconnect to you and update you on how your generosity is helping us reach our dreams. The 2016 recipients of the Patricia and Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarships continue the tradition of service as we cultivate leaders to advance natural medicine globally. The Patricia and Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship provides recipients the opportunity to serve and manifest our vision. I am truly thankful that your continued support allows us to get closer manifest our collective vision.

With sincere gratitude, Dr. Tabatha Parker, NDI President


Aloha Dr. Patricia Bragg,
Thank you so much for your generosity. The scholarship made it financially possible to attend the NDI brigade in Nicaragua in September 2016. The life skills I gained while on this trip will impact the rest of my life and the future of naturopathic medicine as I see it. I am becoming to realize that everything is about people. People and relationships. The healing power of connection and compassion is paramount to anything else we provide. At the NDI medical clinic on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua we got the opportunity to help an underserved community with medical care. The medical donations we brought from the US and the care we provided helped a great number of people in need. NDI is a wonderful organization that gives wholeheartedly to the community, providing a much needed resource while helping medical students further their clinical knowledge and compassion. The skills and lessons I gained from this experience will enhance my medical career forever. Thank you for your help in making all this possible Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship fund.
With sincere gratitude, Venesh Sharma
National University of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR

 

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

It is my absolute honor to receive a Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship Award. I am filled with complete gratitude for a life-changing experience at NDI. As a second year medical student, becoming involved with NDI is an incredible opportunity to broaden my viewpoint, especially as I am beginning to develop a vision for my future practice and am stepping into my social responsibility as a future physician. I was drawn to become a doctor, and specifically a naturopathic doctor, is the desire to become part of a national and global shift in providing truth in medicine. Too many people don’t have access to the basic tools and basic means to live life with vibrant health, which I believe to be a birth-right for every human being. I believe this opportunity with NDI will be insurmountable in further shaping and fostering my path in to fulfill on a passion to be part of that shift. Please accept my deepest thanks for offering this amazing opportunity.

With sincerest gratitude, Tara Steinke
Bastyr University, San Diego, California


 Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I am deeply grateful for the scholarship for the December 2016 Natural Doctors International Nicaragua Brigade. Without the generous support of the Bragg Foundation I would have been unable to serve in Nicaragua. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to serving along aside the other brigadiers.

Sincerely, Crystal Sciarini
National University of Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois

 


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

As a recipient of the Paul Bragg Scholarship, I wish to extend a big thank you for the incredible support and generosity. I am so very appreciative for being given the opportunity to work with the wonderful people with NDI and those within the community. It is extremely exciting to have this opportunity to experience first-hand the power of natural medicine and be an advocate for naturopathic medicine internationally. I have always had a passion for global health and working with less privileged communities. Therefore, I am beyond excited to put passion and knowledge into practice and learn from such an inspirational team. Thank you again for this scholarship and know that this experience will greatly impact my life and hopefully the lives of other. I hope that one day I will be able to support others as you have supported me.

Sincerely, Taylor Green
Boucher College of Naturopathic Medicine, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship possible. I am currently a medical student in year four out of six of a dual Naturopathic Doctorate and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree program. I will graduate in June of 2019 from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), and I plan to devote part of my practice as a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist internationally. With the financial assistance that I received from your scholarship, I traveled to Ometepe, Nicaragua with NDI this past summer. I had the opportunity to learn about globalization as it relates to Nicaragua as well as the effects that it has had on the country. By awarding me the Bragg Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has also inspired me to continue helping others and give back to the community. Thanks again for your support.

In Health and Service, Latossha J. Tifre
National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM)


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I would like to express my deep gratitude as a recipient of one of the scholarships for the NDI brigade in December of this year. Your generosity has made it possible for me to attend this brigade and have my first experience working in the field of global health. As a naturopathic medical student, I hope to develop my skills as a future clinician, gain valuable experience serving the people of Ometepe, and share the beauty and power of natural medicine. I am also very excited to stay with my host family and learn more about their way of life and culture. I hope to share with them aspects of my life and culture as well. I see this trip as a jumping off point for me to begin my career in global health by forming connections within NDI and with the people of Ometepe. Thank you!

In health, Melissa Manda
Bastyr University, San Diego, California


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I am Iris M. Acevedo from San Juan, Puerto Rico. First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship for allowing me to fulfill a dream. It has been my desire to be active as a missionary or working with communities in need. Many people lack primary health care for many reasons. Through the NDI Global health course we can provide public health care to patients in disadvantage who can’t afford it. Personal satisfaction to help others and professional enrichment are two of the greatest pillars in every human being. Finally, I believe that exposure to professional practices are critical to gaining experience before graduation. The opportunity to join a demanding market requires prior preparation in the professional. Work experience is useful in order to achieve the greatest success as a professional and spiritual person.

Sincerely, Iris M. Acedevo
Universtiy of Turabo Caguas, Puerto Rico


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I would like to sincerely thank you for the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua with NDI. I am passionate about global health. I love to travel; I love hearing people’s personal stories and I love learning new things every day. I think Naturopathic Medicine can change lives and your scholarship will help me to share our medicine widely. Global health is particularly rewarding for me because it adds another layer of personalization; figuring out what changes are feasible depending on climate, location, access and socioeconomic status should be incorporated into every treatment plan, but it is especially important in the underserved populations we see. You have given me the opportunity to give back to a community that I fell in love with many years ago. I never thought I’d have the means to return with NDI, but thanks to your generous scholarship my dreams will become a reality!

Thank you again for this incredible gift, Kathryn King, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario Canada


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I am totally grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with NDI in the medical brigade at Ometepe, Nicaragua. As a Puertorrican student living economical hardships in my country, getting yourscholarship was crucial for my trip. I have learned a lot not only about naturopathic medicine and global health, but about love and service. Everything we give to others, we give to ourselves. It is important for students to travel and see other realities in the world. Sometimes we are inside a bubble of overachievement, and we forget about the principles of the medical profession. I have earned a bigger understanding on how global economy works and how it affects the developing countries. NDI is making the difference, improving the health and the economy of a community. This is the real revolution, based on respect and social justice. I am returning to Puerto Rico with a bag full of tools that are already making me a better human being. Your contribution is making a difference in the lives and hearts of many people.Sincerely, Lourdes Quiñones
Universtiy of Turabo Caguas, Puerto Rico


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,It is with great appreciation that I write to thank you and the Bragg Health Foundation for supporting my participation in the NDI Global Health Brigade to Nicaragua. As a former Peace Corp Volunteer who served in Paraguay, I have been seeking ways to continue actively supporting the international community through my current capacities as a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University. Through my grassroots work with the women and families of an artisan cooperative in the rural town of Valenzuela, I came to understand that health is the root of all of life’s endeavors. I thought I had left the international development community to devote myself to the studies of naturopathic medicine and soon acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The NDI brigade and all the groundwork laid by Dr. Tabatha Parker give me an opportunity to bridge these experiences and lend my present energies to the integrative clinic and community being served in Ometepe. The Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship Award makes my mission all the more feasible.

With Gratitude, Jennifer Y. Cheng
Bastyr University, Washington