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Aug 29 2017

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“I know that what I do with my life will not be about me. It will be bigger.”

Raissa Mutuyimana 16N was born during the genocide in Kigali, Rwanda, in a church where her family was hiding. Her father had been the principal of the school where her mother taught. The family immigrated to Ohio, and Mutuyimana excelled academically, earning a 4.4 grade point average in high school and participating in debate, student government, and the National Honor Society. Her mother has thrived in the United States as well, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and working toward a master’s degree.

Inspired by her family, Mutuyimana is studying to become a nurse, and endowed scholarship funding from a generous donor is making her Emory education possible. As a Linda Van Norde Benoski Scholar, she receives support from the estate of Peter Van Norde of Atlanta.

She is definitely my hero, she says of her mother, who lost most of her relatives in the war. The more Mutuyimana learns about her family history, the more focused she becomes on her goals: to earn a master s degree of her own and become a family nurse practitioner in international health. My history has informed me about how important public health and global health are, she says. I ve always felt that I was extremely lucky to have survived and to have had the opportunities I ve received. I ve never felt that my success was about me it was bigger. And I know that what I do with my life will not be about me. It will be bigger.

Student Raissa Mutuyimana 16N

School of Nursing

School of Nursing

In high school, when Sally Lehr 65N 76MN was considering which college to attend, her father advised, You want to go to a school you can be proud of. Emory was the only school to which she applied. Today, when I tell people I work at Emory, I continue to feel proud,” says Lehr, now a clinical professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is among the school s most active alumni, and her family history is full of Emory experiences. She and her husband, retired Atlanta dentist Ralph Lehr 65C 69D, met on campus, for example, and two of their three daughters were born at Emory University Hospital.

Both of us give to Emory and have for many years. Giving to Emory is just what we do, she says. Among the many ways they support the university and the nursing school, the couple invests in scholarships for nursing students, which Lehr describes as a particularly satisfying choice. When I can put a face on where my money goes, I see the faces of so many wonderful students who were able to get the kind of education I received. They have gone on to make remarkable contributions to health care around the world, and I have felt myself a part of what they ve done, she explains.

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