Congratulations to Alison Irwin, a second-year DPT student, for receiving the Joe Cirulli Scholarship Award in June. The recently established award was supported by a gift from the local not-for-profit, The WELLness Network, Inc., and was named in honor of the founder and owner of Gainesville Health and Fitness.
“It was an honor to receive the Joe Cirulli Scholarship Award,” said Irwin. “During my undergraduate education at UF, Mr. Cirulli gave an inspiring guest lecture in one of my courses on how his passion for fitness and entrepreneurship developed into a world-leading fitness center that encourages the community to live a healthy lifestyle. I am extremely grateful to have received an award in his name.”
This one-time scholarship is given to a student with financial need who not only has exceptional academic credentials but is involved in local community service, especially focusing on assisting populations who are underserved, which Irwin’s work exemplifies.
“I am involved in the community through my REACH group, Community Health, by providing balance screenings and classes to the older adult population of Gainesville,” she said. “I also work with a young patient with Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy serving the community because it makes the learning experience more meaningful and valuable.”