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Two SXU School of Nursing students receive Schweitzer Fellowships

Georgina Lopez and Elizabeth Ralyea receive community health project grants

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 (from top) Georgina Lopez and Elizabeth Ralyea.

Chicago (April 24, 2009) Two Saint Xavier University School of Nursing graduate students recently were awarded Schweitzer Fellowships to conduct health care programs for underserved communities.

Named in honor of Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students in health professions and related fields to “make their lives their argument” by serving the most vulnerable members of society.

Schweitzer Fellows commit to a service project of at least 200 hours in a community-based agency, as well as monthly meetings and public outreach activities.

Georgina Lopez, of Monee, will focus on nutritional risk assessment and education for kindergarten through fifth grade children in a school that serves the Latino community.

Elizabeth Ralvea, of Chicago, plans to work with HIV-positive individuals, particularly African immigrants. She will educate clients on anti-retroviral medications and assist them with accessing services in the Chicago area.

Lopez and Ralyea are the third and fourth Saint Xavier students to receive Schweitzer Fellowships during the past three years.