2015 Mission Maker Scholars

2015 Mission Maker Scholars

2015 Mission Maker Scholars

The Mission Maker Scholarship is awarded to CDU students who are dedicated to the University mission and that personify our CDU values inside and outside of the classroom. A Mission Maker Scholar is a student with a commitment to the underserved that has exceled academically while overcoming hardships and achieving milestones throughout their education that will lead to a promising future and commitment to the health professions.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the Mission Maker Scholarship, students MUST:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program at CDU
  • Be nominated by a college Dean
  • Meet  the  Cumulative G.P.A. requirement (3.0  for Undergraduate, 3.5  for Graduate or Dean’s Verification of Good  Academic Standing for COM Students); and
  •  Be a continuing student for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Inaugural Class

2015 Mission Maker Mini-GrantsJaime Jimenez is a first generation Mexican-American raised in Compton, and later South Gate where his family currently resides. He attended Bravo Medical Magnet High School and subsequently attended Stanford University where he majored in Biomechanical Engineering. Upon graduation he started working at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology his work led to publication in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 

While serving as a research technician, he satisfied his premedical requirements at UCLA and earned his Pre-Medical and General Science Studies Certificate with Distinction. In the meantime, he was also an Academic Coach helping high school students reach their academic goals and provided them with the skill sets needed to succeed as future professionals in their prospective careers.
He is currently a medical student and part of the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program. His passion towards addressing health disparities in SPA-6 and helping underserved communities are motivating factors in his commitment to serving as the current Charles Drew Co-president of his class, Medical Student representative of Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), the VP of Undergrad Relations for West Regional LMSA, and the Medical Alumni Association Representative for UCLA. Additionally, he enjoyed serving as a mentor for Partnerships for Progress, which is a program dedicated to providing guidance to underserved high school juniors interested in the health care professions. This past summer, he worked in the Department of Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research served to elucidate ECM differences across donor ages to further define the optimal scaffold for lung regeneration. His professional aspirations are to become a physician – leader in his community.

2015 Mission Maker Mini-GrantsRaised by a single mother, who constantly instilled the importance of education, there was no question that Attallah would pursue higher academia. Determined to achieve a bachelor’s degree, she found herself moving from Inglewood to the San Francisco Bay Area shortly following her high school graduation for college. During her time in the Bay Area Attallah encountered hardships that challenged her academically and professionally. One of her most inspiring challenges occurred in 2011, when Attallah became a mother and full-time student at the young age of 20. Without any family assistance she found herself responsible for a young life, while still striving to pursue a career in nursing. Despite adversity, Attallah continued her education at San Francisco State University and graduated in 2013 with a B.S in Public Health.

Determined to pursue her ultimate goal of nursing, Attallah moved back to Los Angeles, CA and began attending the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing’s Entry Level Masters of Nursing in fall 2014. Currently, she is a student tutor at the Learning Resource Center in MMDSON. In this position, she is able to assist students academically by providing additional course assistance. Her areas of specialty include Nursing Fundamentals, Dosage Calculation, Med-Surg, Peds/OB, Pharmacology and APA Writing. This opportunity has given her a greater perspective of student learning styles and student challenges/concerns, which in turn she’s able to communicate to SON administration through her role as secretary of SON student government association. In her position as secretary of the student body, she has the privilege to present and strategically problem solve student concerns to ensure all students have a rewarding experience. Attallah is also an active participant in various SON student organizations such as Men in Nursing, California Student Nursing Association, Global Health Initiative, and the UCLA/CDU Bridges to the Doctorate fellowship. Ultimately her career goal is to further her education by obtaining a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Research by attending UCLA’s School of Nursing program.  Attallah plans to incorporate her public health and nursing experience to make community change by influencing the many government policies that impact health outcomes.


2015 Mission Maker Mini-GrantsAlexandra Banks is currently a second year Masters of Public Health Student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan and aspires to become a physician for the underserved.  She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in German Studies.  After graduating from the University of Michigan, she completed the Charles R. Drew Pre-med post-baccalaureate program. She has participated in several internships and programs from around the world from Vietnam to working with orphan children to acting as a clinical care extender to patients at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Additionally, she has served as a fellow in the Harbor UCLA Department of Family Medicine Summer Fellowship, and research intern in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She recently submitted an article for publication to the Journal of Breast Cancer, which she co-authored, entitled Intraoperative Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer Patients.  As a result of her many research endeavors her findings have been presented at the Harvard University School of Public Health, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the University of Michigan. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the CDU Masters of Public Health Student Association and Mission Department intern at Susan G. Komen Los Angeles Affiliate for the cure.