Marco Ramirez (MPP ‘23) has been named as the inaugural Kohn Scholar. He was chosen for his outstanding qualifications and his promise for future leadership in the field of social policy.
Ramirez believes health policy is the best vehicle to improve the lives of community members. He was selected as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow, where he worked with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance in California. He also worked health policy at the state level for Covered California—the state agency that manages California’s individual market—and Public Consulting Group (PCG) where he advised state research on Utah's section 1115 Medicaid waiver.
The Kohn Scholar fellowship is a Ford School Rackham Master's Award, one of the Ford School's and the university's highest honors. It is reserved for exemplary incoming graduate students who come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study, have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, or have experienced financial hardship. The Kohn Scholars receive two years of full tuition, a stipend, and health and dental care.
Funding for the Kohn Scholars is part of a $17 million gift from Harold L. and Carol K. Kohn and the Kohn Charitable Trust to establish the Kohn Collaborative for Social Policy. This transformative gift also includes five Kohn professorships that will dramatically expand the school's expertise and impact in domestic social policy.
Read more about the Kohn Scholars.