Gates Millennium Scholars commit themselves to service and leadership at USC

Read article by Diane Krieger, USC News:  For as long as she can remember, Joy Ohiomoba has cared deeply about child and maternal health care. Her very name was a constant reminder: Her mother’s high-risk pregnancy had ended well — hence, Joy — but it required monthly trips to a specialist in another Nigerian city to secure that happy outcome. Many women aren’t so lucky. Worldwide, more than 800 die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every day.

That’s down by 50 percent from 1990 levels, but Ohiomoba won’t be satisfied until it approaches zero.

With her unique combination of drive, leadership and educational opportunity, she just might be the change-agent to make it happen.

Ohiomoba, 22, is one of 16 Gates Millennium Scholars to graduate in USC’s class of 2017. She’ll collect three diplomas on May 12: twin bachelor’s degrees in biology and global health, and a master’s in global medicine. Click here to continue reading