Monica Echeverri Casarez Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Monica Echeverri Casarez, a teacher in the School of Health and Human Services and a 2006 graduate of Henry Ford College’s Surgical Technician Associate Degree Program. The daughter of Colombian immigrants fluent in Spanish, Monica, worked two shifts a month at Harper Hospital to keep her classes “real” at the College. In the weeks before her death in April 2020 from COVID 19, she was focused on restructuring her Medical Terminology curriculum to enhance students’ appreciation of how the body system was a “masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” (Leonardo da Vinci) This scholarship was established by family and friends to carry on her legacy of practicing in the medical field with love, dedication, and the highest quality standards. In addition to teaching, Monica worked as a translator for Spanish-speaking patients, taught entrepreneurship classes in Southwest Detroit Business Development Association on its public programs, and, with a partner, launched Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week in 2018. She worked many years at Southwest Solutions, in areas ranging from early childhood education to public relations and wellness programs for adults living with emotional illness. She married the love of her life in 2012 and enjoyed the happiest years she had known til her untimely death.

Monica Echeverri Casarez
Up to $1000
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you currently in the Surgical Tech Program?
  2. Are you an immigrant or a child of an immigrant or minority group?
  3. Please provide a short essay describing your motivation to pursue a career in the health sciences along with your goals to advance the profession. Please include a brief history of your family and immigrant experience, or how your minority status impacted your life in the U.S. and how you have been involved in solidarity and social justice activism or community development.