Supporting graduate students of the University at Albany School of Public Health

HANYS is proud to support The Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship, graciously established by Adell Y. Smith at the University at Albany to encourage students toward leadership roles and promote diversity within healthcare and healthcare policy management.

Meet Adell Y. Smith

Adell Y. Smith, an executive assistant employed by HANYS from 1988 until her passing in 2020, was grateful for the education she received, as well as the satisfaction derived from professional roles she held over the years. Approaching the end of her career, she began considering how she could “pay it forward.” She chose to support the education of minority students who could someday be leaders in healthcare.

“We need more people of color as role models in healthcare leadership positions,” Smith said. “I was so inspired to see Bea Grause become the first female president of HANYS! I thought, wouldn't it be great if we found an African American version of her?”

With this in mind, Smith sought to establish a program to help more African American students develop careers in healthcare management.

The Scholarship

Established in 2018, The Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship provides financial support for graduate students at the University at Albany School of Public Health.

The scholarship primarily supports African American female students and students from under-represented populations who are pursuing a career in healthcare/healthcare policy management. The financial need of potential recipients may be considered.

Potential applicants can learn more about the scholarship by visiting the University at Albany Foundation website.