Fludi: A UConn School of Medicine Portrait

Fludiona Naka, a second-year MD/MPH student, received a full-tuition scholarship through the Health Careers Opportunity Program. She spoke at the Sixth Annual White Coat Gala to benefit UConn Health on April 25, 2015.

“I am here today because of people like you, who have extended their kindness to me,” Naka told the 800-plus crowd. “Receiving this scholarship has forever changed my life. Because of your efforts and generosity, so much financial burden has been lifted from my family’s shoulders.” Watch Naka’s video for an inside look at what it takes to be a medical student at the UConn School of Medicine.

The UConn Foundation has kicked off its “Transforms Lives’’ campaign, a five-year, fundraising initiative that will double the amount of financial support—including merit and need-based scholarships—that the Foundation raises for the benefit of the UConn student body.