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Eda T. Bloom Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship History

The Eda T. Bloom Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in December 2010 to support undergraduate students who attended high school in Maryland or areas near Maryland who are interested in natural science or mathematics and who demonstrate financial need.

Donor Statement

Eda Terri Bloom was a talented medical research scientist, giving mentor, and truly wonderful person. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, with loving parents of limited means. She decided she wanted to pursue cancer research as a teenager when she lost a friend to leukemia. She blazed her own path through college and graduate school, earning a doctorate in medical biology and immunology from her local university, UCLA. Research was not an open field for women at the time, and Eda was an early woman-scientist in her field. She went on to become a policy maker and principal investigator of her own lab at the Food and Drug Administration, publishing more than one hundred papers and mentoring eighteen post doctoral fellows during her career. In keeping with her values, Eda supported her students with her own private funds in addition to regular sources. Eda died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2008, leaving her family and colleagues with memories of her warmth, intelligence, humor, and passion for learning.

Eda Bloom highly valued public-supported universities and education for all, regardless of financial means. This scholarship has been established in her memory, so that others like her may have help as they pursue their own paths.
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