28 Mar 2018
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
FORMER Mount Carmel School student Ryan Ortizo was offered a $30,000 scholarship by the Harvard University so he can attend its one-year master’s degree program.
Ortizo, a medical student, is slated to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University this year. He recently received a letter from Harvard University informing him that he has been admitted to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“We hope that you will join the class entering in the 2018-2019 academic year as a candidate for the full-time Master of Public Health (45-credit) in Health Management. Your expected graduation date is May 30, 2019,” stated the letter from Harvard’s committee on admission and degrees.
It added, “You will be joining a group of students who bring with them not only impressive professional experience and excellent academic training, but also dedication to the profession of public health. You are to be commended on the fine record of achievement by which you earned your place in this year’s cohort. You will benefit from your association with each other as well as from the challenges of the public health program.”
In an interview, Ortizo said for his master’s degree, he applied to 13 schools and received acceptance letters and was offered scholarships from all of them, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Dartmouth, University of California Berkeley, Yale, Emory, Northwestern University, University of Miami, New York Medical College, Florida International University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University at Buffalo.
Ortizo was the valedictorian of Mount Carmel School’s Class of 2010.
He attended New York University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology with double minor in public health and chemistry. He graduated cum laude in 2014.
Ortizo said he will attend the master’s degree program at Harvard in August. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m truly grateful to be given this opportunity. Looking forward to another challenging chapter in my life!”
He added, “My parents were ecstatic when they found out. They are really proud of me and are happy that I can continue doing what I enjoy doing.”
Ortizo said he is grateful to his family, friends and mentors who have supported him through the years.
He also offered help from anyone in the CNMI who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health. “I encouraged them to contact me [on Facebook] if they would like any advice or guidance.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103230-former-mcs-student-offered-harvard-scholarship