A Proud Partnership with Deep Michigan Roots

Kevan Lawlor and Stan Hazan

Born at the U-M School of Public Health in 1944, NSF International has been protecting and improving global human health for over 70 years. The long-standing relationship between NSF International and SPH reinforces our shared goal of protecting the environment on a global scale through international cooperation and collaboration. In a major effort to further that mutual goal, NSF International has generously given a $2.5 million scholarship gift to U-M SPH.

Global Impact

Manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and consumers worldwide look to NSF International for public health standards and certifications programs that help protect the world's food, water, consumer products, and environment. Beginning in January 2017, the new NSF International Scholarship will allow ten international students per year to pursue a public health education at U-M SPH. NSF International leaders hope that after graduating from SPH, these scholarship recipients will return to their native countries and make an immediate impact by implementing the knowledge, skills, and expertise they've acquired at Michigan.

"NSF International considered a lot of different options," says SPH alumnus Stan Hazan, MPH '08, NSF International's senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs. "We asked ourselves, 'What can we have in place that creates an immediate impact?' At the end of the day, we are very much an international organization, and we felt NSF International can best serve global environmental health by helping to train international students who can have a positive impact in their home countries. It is important for those who have benefited from the university to give back. This is one of the ways we can give back."

"U-M SPH and NSF International have enjoyed a long-standing, 70-plus-year relationship, and we are delighted to continue with that tradition. This gift will allow SPH-trained public health professionals to have a great impact in the field of global public health, in developed and developing countries." — Kevan Lawlor, President and CEO, NSF International


[Photo: NSF CEO, Kevan Lawlor and Stan Hazan]