Claremont, Calif. (April 28, 2015)—Pitzer College student Margaret “Mari” Pettibone ’15 was awarded a Project Horseshoe Farm fellowship, a one-year community health and outreach program designed to prepare top recent college graduates to become leaders in the rapidly changing health and education fields.
At Pitzer, Pettibone designed her own major, focused on community and global public health, and minored in Spanish. She participated in summer health programs in both Mexico and Costa Rica, and studied abroad in Parma, Italy. At Pitzer, she has worked as the in-training diabetes care manager at a community health clinic in Pomona and as a community health liaison for The Claremont Colleges and Western University of Health Sciences. She plans to go to medical school and pursue a master’s in public health with an emphasis on preventative health in underserved populations.
Pettibone has also served as a Writing Center fellow and volunteered as an English tutor at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center. A member of the Sagehens Swimming and Diving team, Pettibone has been selected for All-SCIAC teams, including the SCIAC All-Academic team, and served on the Student-Athlete Committee Board.
Project Horseshoe Farm was founded on the idea that communities must come together to support their most vulnerable members—children, seniors and adults with mental illness. Fellows are based in Greensboro, Alabama, where they participate in health and community outreach programs as well as community-based service learning activities. Ten to 15 fellows are selected each year.