Lobo Scholarship to Assist Hispanic Allied Health Students
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Rebecca Lobo, one of the nation's best known
women's basketball players, and her mother, RuthAnn, today (October 2)
are establishing an endowed scholarship at the University of Connecticut
School of Allied Health for students from diverse backgrounds.
The scholarship, established with a pledge of $25,000, and a goal
of $100,000 is designed to assist future health providers. The Lobos,
surname is Hispanic, have committed to helping the University raise
funds for the scholarship. Their $25,000 pledge will be matched with
$13,500 from the state, bringing the total value of the gift to $38,500.
"I have become very involved in the Hispanic scholarship effort over
the past five years. This scholarship is special because it focuses on the
need for Hispanic patients to have access to health professionals with
backgrounds similar to their own," Rebecca said today at a press
conference attended by UConn officials and school children from
Mansfield Middle and E.O. Smith High Schools. The press conference took
place outside Gampel Pavilion, home to the national championship
team she captained in 1995. "This scholarship is a way to encourage
students with Hispanic backgrounds to enter the health care
RuthAnn, a survivor of breast cancer, said she has observed the
need for more minority health care workers. "We see this scholarship
as a way
to both help promising students and a way to help the Hispanic
The scholarship, to be conferred annually using interest from the
endowment, will be given to a high school senior or UConn sophomore
committed to enrollment in the upper division School of Allied Health,
or a continuing student in the school. The student must demonstrate both
academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to
Hispanic students and students of African descent.
"First and foremost, Rebecca has always been about giving to and
helping others," said Geno Auriemma, coach of the women's basketball
team. "Even on the court, she was an unselfish player and a great
teammate. I'm not surprised that her legacy at UConn is going to
and be one of her giving back to the community in order to help others."
Ronald L. Taylor, vice provost for multicultural affairs, said the
University is grateful to the Lobo family for setting up the fund.
face many financial obstacles in completing a degree. These funds
will make it easier for a high achieving student to meet his or her goal.
RuthAnn and Rebecca are heartily commended for their caring and
foresight in setting up this endowment," he said.
Rebecca Lobo is a member of the New York Liberty team, and in
1999 was voted by the Boston Globe as one of the top 100 New England
sports figures of the 20th century. She was given a
locker at the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. Lobo holds a Gold
Medal from the 1996
Olympics, and is the only player in history to earn both the Big East
Player of the Year and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which she did
Her UConn career also included being named Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year, the Honda-Broderick Cup Outstanding
Woman Athlete of the Year; the NCAA Woman of the Year; the
Ban/Naismith National Player of the year, and the Wade Trophy
of the Year, as well as many other honors.
Lobo was the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 NCAA Final Four,
the same year she was a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship.
Since her graduation in 1995 with a B.A. degree in political science,
Lobo has been a commentator of college basketball for CBS, ESPN,
Connecticut Public Television. She has long been a darling of the media,
having been featured on the cover of the Readers Digest,
about in many popular magazines including Sports Illustrated,
Vogue, Glamour, O, Business Week, Harper's Bazaar, Good
Seventeen, Women's Sports and Fitness, Jump, Latina, and
Hispanic Business, among others
She is the co-author with her mother of The Home Team
an autobiographic account of Rebecca's basketball career and her
successful battle with breast cancer, and both are frequently motivational
speakers. Rebecca has appeared on many television game and talk
shows, often with her mother.
RuthAnn Lobo who has both an M.S. and an M.A. is a guidance
counselor at Granby (Conn.) Memorial Middle School. She has
CNN, CBS This Morning, Good Morning
America and on Lifetime Televison, and PBS, often talking
about breast cancer. She was the Teacher
of the Year in Granby in 1990 and was a finalist for the Connecticut
State Teacher of the Year.
A resident of Southwick, Mass., RuthAnn and her husband, Dennis,
have two other children and two grandchildren. She was named the
Local Hero BMW Ultimate Drive Event winner,
New Country Motor Cars in Hartford and
North American, Inc. and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation. In 1997, she was presented with the Maria Miller Steward
the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Foundation for mentoring
young girls and boys and advocating equality for girls in education.
She also was awarded in 1999 the Susan G. Komen Award by the
Connecticut Chapter of the Race for the Cure. The award has since been
renamed the Connecticut Komen RuthAnn Lobo award.
Last year, Rebecca and RuthAnn were spokespersons for the
national campaign "Save Lids to Save Lives" sponsored by General Mills,
which raised over a million dollars to help fight breast cancer.
Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made by mailing a
check payable to the "R&R Lobo Scholarship"/ UConn
Foundation and mailed
to Cynthia Adams, associate dean, School of Allied Health, 358
Mansfield Road, The University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269-2101.
The $25,000 pledge is part of a $300 million capital campaign,
Campaign UConn, announced earlier this year, which seeks money for
scholarships, faculty and program support and capital projects.
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