Howell Foundation 25th Anniversary

Dr. Doris Howell and 2015 Howell-UCSD Scholars

Howell Scholarships

Our 25 Year Journey to Women’s Health Research

25 years ago, Dr. Howell recognized the critical need to improve women’s health care and research, not only for the sake of women, but also for the sake of their families and loved ones. 

She believed that to unleash innovation in women’s health research you needed to reach young minds.  With the help of Soroptimist International of La Jolla, the Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research was born.

By creating partnerships with academic leaders in our community, Dr. Howell’s vision to fund the next generation of researchers and physicians came to fruition.

Today – 25 years and 260+ scholarships later – the Howell Foundation continues to support the health and well-being of generations of women in our community.

To celebrate these accomplishments, and to inspire the next 25 years of “keeping the women we love healthy,” we are inviting 25 individuals, giving circles, foundations, or corporations to help sponsor a women’s health research scholarship for undergraduate and graduate scholars.

Help us make a positive impact in women's health for another 25 years

Why give to women’s health research?

Historically, women have been underrepresented in medical research resulting in gaps and gender bias in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. The Howell Foundation is dedicated to closing these gaps and improving women’s health long-term for the sake of the individual, her family and the greater community.

By funding undergraduate and graduate level researchers, we are tapping their innovation and creating a sustainable pool of next generation women’s health researchers.

What are the benefits?

The scholarships you fund come with the opportunity for naming recognition in our Foundation materials based on your level of giving.

The best benefit of all, however, is knowing that your investment supports a young scholar and contributes to a lifetime of furthering women’s health and the health of our community.

What is the investment of a women’s health research scholarship?

Our goal is to build a Scholarship Fund that supports a minimum of 25 research scholarships.  We call this effort our 25 x 25 scholarship fund campaign.

Support the 25 x 25 Scholarship Fund Campaign

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  • Opportunity to underwrite & meet with a scholar-researcher
  • Listed on website and in the luncheon program
  • Listed on the screen at all luncheons
  • Special mention at the 1st luncheon of the year
  • Listed on website and in the luncheon program
  • Listed on the screen at all luncheons
  • Listed on website and in the luncheon program
  • Listed on website and in the luncheon program

The Impact of a Howell Scholarship

Where are they now?

“The Howell Foundation Scholarship provided crucial financial support that enabled me to gain substantial research experience while still an undergraduate. This unique opportunity to focus on research full time really reinforced and strengthened my commitment to pursue my graduate degree, and I value that experience as a seminal event in the progression of my career first as a research scientist and now as a science educator.”

Dr. Susan Bailey received the Howell – UCSD Scholarship in 1995. After earning her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UCSD, Dr. Bailey completed two postdoctoral fellowships.  In the first, she continued work on the topic of her graduate work in Pamela Mellon’s laboratory- regulation of pituitary development and gene expression.  In the second, she moved to the Neurobehavioral Genetics group at the Genomics Institute of Novartis, where her research focused on identifying genes associated with anxiety and depression-related disorders.

Throughout her graduate and post-graduate career, Dr. Bailey continued to straddle both the research and teaching worlds.  In 2009, she decided to make teaching her focus and moved to Mira Costa College.  Today, Dr. Bailey is Assistant Professor at its Biology Department.

Imagine the difference you can make when you give emerging researchers the financial support they need to begin discovering how to improve women’s health!

Andres Bermudez

received a 2015 Howell-CSUPERB scholarship  for his project “Identification of the GBS Bacterial Factor that Contributes to Tight Junction Disruption in Brain Endothelium.” Today he is Research Associate at Illumina, a company dedicated to gene variations associated with health, disease, and drug response.

Trista Campbell, PhD, RN, CPHQ (USD Hahn School of Nursing)

received a 2016 Howell-Cheryl Wilson Graduate Research Award in Nursing for her project focused on the unsung heroes who provide unpaid, 24-hours a day care to family member’s with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Today Dr. Campbell is Manager of Nursing Performance Improvement / Department of Nursing Research Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Carmen Colombo, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA (USD Hahn School of Nursing)

received a 2013 Howell-Cheryl Wilson Graduate Research Award in Nursing Scholarship for her project “Fetal Heart Monitoring, Nursing Surveillance, and Cesarean Birth.” Today she is Chief Nursing Officer of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

Other Ways to Participate in the 25 x 25 campaign.

  • Attend our educational events. Learn about the latest research in women’s health first hand from prominent researchers.
  • Donate on behalf of your organization. Hear directly from experts in the field of women’s health research. Your company or foundation will have the opportunity to learn more about the health of the women in their lives.
  • Consider us in your planned giving efforts. Honor the life of the women and men who mean the most to you.

What Donors are Saying

We have entered a new era in Women’s Health and “tomorrow’s breakthrough” depends on what we do today to make a difference in the future of health care. It’s an honor to be part of this incredible group of people who believe in women’s health causes.

Maryanne Sarge
Maryanne Sorge Family Nurse Practitioner Friend of Howell Foundation

Although women live longer than men, they bear a greater burden of diseases & disability. I’m privileged to serve on the Howell Foundation Board of Directors to help this exceptional organization promote women’s health research through its student & community engagement research awards.”

Michelle LaCroix
Andrea Z. Lacroix. Ph.D. Professor & Director of the Women's Health Center of Excelence UC San Diego

For me, the Howell Foundation is about Education. Research. Next Generation. I learn so much about women’s health from the top physician researchers and scientists in San Diego. Knowing that my contribution is going toward women’s health research scholarships is rewarding. Having an opportunity to meet and hear from the student scholars several times a…

Eileen Steres Gaffen President Steres Gaffen Media

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