Grants & Scholarships (2012)

In 2012, Bragg supported many leading organizations including the following:

ocean futures society

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society

Act Resilient at Hawaii Technology Foundation

Citizens for Safe Drinking Water –

Keepers of the Waters

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

PARC Foundation -Youth Culinary Arts Program

UC Santa Barbara / Health & Wellness Corps

United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

Natural Doctors International

Natural Doctors International

nationa college of natural medicine

National College of Natural Medicine


Bastyr University

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

University of Bridgeport for Natural Medicine

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

The recipients of the 2012 Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarships have been honored by your generosity and as you will see – our 2012 choices will impact many people due to the caliber of recipients and projects they have used their scholarships to support. Natural medicine is growing globally because of the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship. which provides our recipients the opportunity to serve and be a part of a bigger dream – without these scholarships NDI would not be able to provide these opportunities. My deepest gratitude to you and your foundation for your commitment to your father’s dream. Here are our letters of appreciation from the third group of recipients of the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarships.

With sincere gratitude, Dr. Tabatha Parker, ND; NDI Executive Director

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

In August of 2011, I had the privilege to travel to Nicaragua and participate in a NDI student medical brigade. This experience was the spark that reignited my passion for working with communities in need and further reinforced my decision to become a naturopathic doctor. Since that time I have continued to work with Dr. Parker and the NDI team, who continue to be such a strong motivational force, not only in the lives of so many, but in mine as well. Upon completion of my studies, my goal is to continue to work in global health, locally at home in Canada and internationally, and to further NDI’s vision of a world where people take care of one another. I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude for your very generous donation. I truly believe in healthcare as a basic human right for all and it is the unwavering support of individuals like yourself that make it possible for us in the naturopathic community to continue providing primary care services to those in need.

Sincerely, Ann Grimwood, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, ND candidate 2014

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

Thank you for the opportunity to gain first-hand clinical experience in Los Angeles. The time I spent on Ometepe was truly life changing. I came to the community to learn how naturopathic medicine functions in the developing world and contribute to meaningful change for communities living in poverty. After spending 10 days working with NDI, I am deeply convinced that naturopathic physicians can address complex problems of resource scarcity and unequal access to health care through a long-term commitment and a reliance on naturopathic modalities. As a NCNM student, I have followed my dream to bridge the gap of health-care access for marginalized individuals. I often think about the time I spent at NDI on my walk to school, and I am filled with inspiration and purpose as I prepare for the day. When I feel discouraged by the demanding course loads and endless examinations, my mind wanders back to memories of Ometepe: the sense of warmth from the amazing people I met, the brightly colored homes, the positive, purposeful energy in the clinic which always reconnects me to my goals and helps me stay committed to my path. It’s difficult to put into words how meaningful this experience was for me, and how it has shaped my life path so profoundly. I am deeply grateful for having had this opportunity, and I will do my best to carry forward your generosity in all the lives I touch as a physician.

Warmly, Shawn Morris, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, ND Candidate 2016

Dear Dr. Bragg,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for the scholarship to work as an intern with Natural Doctors International. The Bragg’s scholarship opened the door for me to give 2 months of my time to NDI. This time allowed for me to not only practice and grow as a clinical herbalist, but also share my skills and experience as a community organizer and activist. During my time with NDI I fell in love with the organization and the work our team was engaging in on the ground, and decided to move into a full time position as the NDI Programs Director. The Braggs scholarship and the chance to collaborate with NDI as an intern has allowed me the chance to realize how I would like to devote my skills and passions. I am very grateful and honored to have been a part of this program.

Sincerely, Lauren Schultz, herbalist

Dear Dr. Bragg,The Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship has been a cornerstone piece of NDI for many years. I would like to both express my thanks as a recipient of the scholarship, and also share my hope that you will continue to support the unbelievable work of NDI. The naturopathic community’s presence in global health has quickly grown over the last 5 years, with new medical brigades and herbal educational projects developing in Mexico, Haita, Zambia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and many other places. Despite the growth of organizations, the naturopathic global health community is still nascent and disparate, and NDI is the preeminent leader in the field because of its longevity and Dr. Parker’s leadership.

My internship this summer was to continue the work of Sue Yirku, another Bragg scholar recipient from 2010, who focused on organizing an International Public Forum on Naturopathic Global Health as the first step in coalescing the naturopathic organizations working internationally. As the Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, my intern role with NDI was less about providing direct medical assistance, and all about learning the policy and advocacy needs of institutionalizing a naturopathic global health profession.

As a state, we cannot work in isolation from our national colleagues, and as a country, we cannot work in a silo from the conversation happening about naturopathic medicine in our international governance and global health systems.

Since returning from my internship, I have taken on a leadership role with Dr. Parker in the newly created Naturopathic Global Health Working Group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Our goals are threefold:

1. Coordinate the newly emerging field of naturopathic global health volunteer organizations to maximize our voice and resources;

2. Develop policies and frameworks to guide naturopathic global health organizations to operate legally and with cultural competency as ambassadors of our profession;

3. Build a formally-recognized naturopathic global health Foundation to advocate for the institutionalization of naturopathic medicine worldwide.

There is much work to be done in the coming decade, but it has all started with the groundwork laid by NDI, Dr. Parker and others like her, and the support you have given to this global vision. Thank you! And I very much look forward to working with you in the future!

Laura Culberson Farr, Executive Director, Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Dear Dr. Bragg,

You cannot imagine my delight when I learned that you were providing the scholarship that helped pay for me to do the naturopathic medical research that I conducted this past summer in Ometepe, Nicaragua. I’ve been using your products, especially your Bragg Apple Cidar vinegar for years and so am familiar with the brand that is Bragg – healthy, wholesome, reliable, and affordable, but never thought I would have such a close connection to you! The connection is fitting. Over the summer, you helped support research to investigate if a natural product would work as well or better than the conventional remedies that already exist. I worked with Natural Doctors International to figure out if guava could be used to eliminate the parasite Giardia. In a place like Ometepe, where only a small minority of individuals have clean running water, diarrheal disease due to Giardiasis is quite common. Though it is not a major problem here in the States, diarrheal dehydration is still one of the major causes of death in children worldwide, and certainly leads to slowed growth and development in children globally. We are still processing the results of the study and will certainly let you know what we find when we finish with the statistical analyses of the data. Thank you again – for your products and generosity – both of which continue to advance health and wholeness.

Flavia DeSouza, Yale University Medical School

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I can’t thank you enough for your support of NDI, of Naturopathic medicine, and especially for supporting me in my recent trip to Nicaragua to work with NDI. I am a pre-med student in Vancouver, Washington and it is my goal to obtain licensure in both naturopathic and allopathic medicine. I love health, I love people, and as a doctor I want to work both internationally as well as at home, in the United States. The experience I’ve gained this summer, working with NDI as an international medical nonprofit, and the relationships I’ve developed will be invaluable to me in creating the life of service that I hope to live. And of course, the volunteer hours and research experience I gained will go a long way toward helping me to be a competitive candidate as I begin applying to medical and naturopathic schools. Without your scholarship, I would not have been able to volunteer for NDI this summer. I have been so inspired by the people I’ve met and the growth I’ve seen in NDI since my first internship in 2006. Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting NDI whose work does so much to enrich the lives of the people of Ometepe, and at least as much to enrich the lives of all of us who get to work with them. It is such a privilege and for many, it’s impossible without the support of generous people like you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Most Sincerely, Rebecca E Zeff, Premedical student

Dear Dr. Bragg,

Through your generosity, I am grateful to have been a recipient of a scholarship from Natural Doctors International (NDI). The scholarship allowed me this past June 2012 to travel to Washington D.C. There, I met with the American Association of Naturopathic Physician (AANP)’s Executive Director and shared the importance of the creation of a Global Health Committee at the core the AANP which has since been realized. I shared my personal experience traveling abroad and being relief in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. This committee will support coordinated, accountable and well-organized global naturopathic medical work. That committee was unanimously approved by the AANP. Our profession is growing. With every entering class, the naturopathic medical students’ yearning to reach out and partake in medical services in times of disaster relief and medical emergencies is growing. Natural medicine occupies an important role in global health and I believe every scholarship that provides an opportunity for students, faculty and physicians, is an opportunity to provide naturopathic medical support to global communities in need of primary medical and specialty care. The Bragg scholarship supports the ambassadors of such mission.

Thank you for your dedication to our cause. Sabine Thomas ND, LMP

Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

My experience working with the NDI staff on the Island of Ometepe will be with me long past the actual time spent in Nicaragua. Each day brings a new reflection or insight, a subtle nuance of the deep learning opportunity the Bragg Scholarship Foundation generously provided. The financial assistance made it possible for me to join the North American Foundation of Herbal Medicine’s global health course and trip in November of 2012. My experience is not only personal – the scholarship touches everyone from the patients seen at the NDI clinic, to other members of the brigade, to the community of Los Angeles and my community at home. My time working in the clinic allowed me to apply and deepen my knowledge as a clinician while at the same time learn from each of the patient’s stories, truly the beauty of the clinical relationship. The shared learning experience, the exchange of vision, and the cultural immersion is invaluable and will have a lasting influence on my work and community relationships. Many heartfelt thank you for the kindness and generosity the Bragg Scholarship Foundation extended to me.

Sincerely, Mary W. Barnes, herbalist

Dr. Bragg,

Thank you for your extreme generosity, which allowed me to attend a Global Health Course with Natural Doctors International (NDI) in Nicaragua. Thanks to Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship, I had the unforgettable experience of serving as a clinician to a group of enthusiastic and caring Naturopathic and Chiropractic students while we served the deserving, grateful and patient patients during our time in Ometepe. It is an eye opening experience on so many
levels but what really impacted me is how powerful natural
medicine and the power of touch can be, how such a humble clinic with limited resources can make such a difference in the lives of the residents of Ometepe. As a group, we pooled our collective knowledge of botanicals, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, physical medicine together to serve the needs of the patients with great success.

Attending the global health course was a much needed reminder for me as to why I practice natural medicine. My experience with NDI is one that I keep with me and I’m working on implementing a way to deliver alternative medical care to underserved populations at home in Chicago. I never would have thought that the author of the Apple Cider Vinegar book that my mom had on her bookshelf when I was younger would have anything to do with my journey to a clinic in Nicaragua. It’s a small world.

Thank you for all you do for flavoring foods healthily and for promoting global health and helping to spread natural medicine internationally.

With gratitude,
Terese Black, ND, DC