The Eda T. Bloom Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students with financial need who are interested in natural science or mathematics, attended high school in Maryland, and are eligible for Maryland in-state tuition.
Eda Terri Bloom was a talented medical research scientist and a giving mentor. She decided to pursue cancer research as a teenager when she lost a friend to leukemia. She blazed her own path through college and graduate school, earning a doctorate in medical biology and immunology from her local university, UCLA. Research was not an open field for women at the time, and Eda was an early woman-scientist in her field. She went on to become a policy maker and principal investigator of her own lab at the Food and Drug Administration, publishing more than 100 papers and mentoring 18 post doctoral fellows during her career. Eda highly valued public-supported universities and education for all, regardless of financial means. This scholarship has been established in her memory, so that others like her may have help as they pursue their own paths.