Wayne State University College of Nursing awards 2016 Viola Liuzzo scholarship

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November 16, 2016

Wayne State University’s College of Nursing has named Mouna Bazzi the recipient of the 2016 Viola Liuzzo Scholarship.

Bazzi, a senior in the college’s B.S.N. second degree program, works as a nursing assistant at Henry Ford Hospital in addition to her demanding academic schedule. Bazzi decided to pursue a career in nursing after earning a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Michigan in 2010.

“I knew at an early age that I was passionate about science and research. I always liked the idea of working in the medical field and I want to be able to help people when they’re at their most vulnerable,” said Bazzi. “I’m thankful for this scholarship and for the faculty here. WSU’s School of Nursing has an excellent reputation, and they’ve more than lived up to it. ” 

Bazzi is the second recipient of the Viola Liuzzo Scholarship, which was named in honor of civil rights activist and Detroit native Viola Liuzzo. In 1965, Liuzzo was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klan members near Selma, Alabama while she helped transport marchers home from civil rights protests. At the time of her death, Liuzzo was a mother of five and a student at Wayne State’s College of Nursing.

In 2015, Liuzzo was awarded Wayne State’s first posthumous honorary degree and the scholarship in her name was established. WSU Governor Kim Trent led the campaign to honor Liuzzo.  

“One of the great things about Wayne State is that we attract students who are interested in public and community service – and there’s no better role model than Viola Liuzzo,” said Trent. “I can’t think of a better tribute than to recognize a nursing student who will give back to the community.”

The scholarship is awarded annually to a first-generation undergraduate nursing student who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to helping others. In 2015, Lakeya Harris was named the first scholarship recipient.

“An important component of the College of Nursing’s mission is making a difference in local communities,” said College of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo. “It’s an honor for the college to award this scholarship. It allows us to keep Viola Liuzzo’s memory alive and recognize her courage and selflessness in the service of others as a continuing inspiration.”

More information about the College of Nursing can be found online. To learn more about the Viola Liuzzo Scholarship or discuss giving opportunities, contact Lindsey Rossow-Rood at 313-577-6967 or lrossow@wayne.edu