May 15, 1997
Vol. 16, No. 17

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    Chicago students win 2 of 3 national fellowships

    Awards go for first time to two students at same university University graduate students Jennifer Fontenot and Jason Hellberg are two of three winners in a nationwide competition for the Kaiser Permanente Post-Graduate Fellowships. It is the first time two students at the same university have won the fellowships.

    Fontenot is a student in the School of Social Service Administration and Hellberg is a student in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.

    The fellowships, for students interested in health care administration, offer salary for eight months of training in a hospital, eight months of training in a physician group in California and eight months of training in corporate management.

    Fontenot, who received her B.S. in psychology from Tulane University, was recently selected as the Chicago Health Executives Forum Scholar in a city-wide competition. Student government president in the School of Social Service Administration, Fontenot sits on the Graduate Student Affairs Committee of the University and is a member of the Student Government Assembly. In addition, she is on the SSA Dean's Advisory Committee as well as the SSA Curriculum Policy Committee. She is also part of the Diversity Committee of the SSA Alumni Association.

    Hellberg received a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduation from college, he studied in Spain and then was a member of the Peace Corps in Fiji before coming to Chicago, where he received his A.M from the Divinity School. Hellberg is presently the itinerant editor of the Chicago Policy Review and a member of the Internet Development Committee at the Harris School.

    Kaiser Permanente is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization. Founded in 1945, it is a partnership between Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and the 12 Permanente Medical Groups and is both the oldest and the largest organization of its kind in the world.