December 1, 2016


Since 2009, we have awarded more than 100 Annual Fund scholarships to Gillings students, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends who give to the Annual Fund.

These dollars are invested in students, who measure their success by their ability to make the world a healthier and safer place for people across North Carolina and around the world.

Make your Annual Fund gift today so the next 100 students can turn their public health dreams into reality.

Naomi Sadighi-Ranstrom
2014-2015 Annual Fund Scholar

Naomi Sadighi-Ranstrom

Naomi Sadighi-Ranstrom

“The Gillings School’s Annual Fund Scholarship paved the way for me to be of service to my community in innovative ways, influence health on community policy levels, and be a leader for positive change.”

Read more about Naomi and other Annual Fund Scholars at

Mark Rampolla delivers 2016 Foard Lecture
Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will

Mark Rampolla

Mark Rampolla

The 48th annual Fred T. Foard Jr., MD, Memorial Lecture, held on April 14, 2016, featured keynote speaker Mark Rampolla, MBA. Rampolla, co-founder and managing partner at Powerplant Ventures LP, an investment organization interested in delivering better nutrition to people around the world, also was co-founder and chief executive officer of ZICO.

He and his wife Maura Rampolla, MPH, a 1996 alumna and member of the Gillings School’s advisory council, established the award-winning company to promote coconut water as a healthful alternative to more caloric sugar-sweetened beverages.

Rampolla is author of High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will.

Save the Date!

Plan now to join us for the 49th annual Fred T. Foard Jr., MD Memorial Lecture (April 27, 2017 at the Gillings School).

More information coming soon at

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