Top 20 Public Health Scholarships 2020

Are you considering a career in Public Health and searching for a Public Health Scholarship to help get you on your way? Are you pursuing your Public Health degree and in need of Master of Public Health scholarships or undergraduate scholarships to fund your education? This list of 20 scholarships may be what you’re looking for to help you fund your passion. Whether you’re in search of a Master of Public Health scholarship or you’re getting started with your undergraduate degree in a Public Health related area, search this list of scholarships to find the funding you need. 

This list is a compilation of Public Health scholarships that are unrelated to a school or state. Scholarships listed have specific requirements which may include ethnic background, financial requirements, or regional residency as well as specific education standards such as GPA. Check out the websites of the Public Health scholarships of interest for more specific information and requirements. In addition, be sure to check your school, region and professional organizations for other valuable scholarships. Scholarships listed here are in alphabetical order, not according to possible scholarship value. See scholarship applications to confirm application deadline dates. 

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1. Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship 

Deadline: April 30

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This scholarship is offered by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE. This $5000 award is designated for minority students with demonstrated financial need are enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program (MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar) and is to offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. In addition to the application, applicants need to include their current resume, official transcript, three letters of recommendation, and an essay including reasons for their career choice and history of work in the field, financial need and evidence of community engagement. Multiple $5000 awards are given. ACHE student members are given preference, but non-members will be considered.

2. Barbara A. Cooley’s Master’s Scholarship

Deadline: October 15

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This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a master’s level student currently enrolled in a health education program, and may be used in any manner they desire. Recipients will also receive a one-year student membership to SHAPE America. Eligible applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is awarded at the annual SHAPE America convention awards luncheon. Applicants submit a resume and a three-part essay including their philosophy of health education, professional goals, and their assessment of current and future issues in health education. In addition, two letters of recommendation and a current official transcript is required, along with the online application. 

3. Bill and Mary Russell Health Care Scholarship

Deadline: March 15

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This regional scholarship provides financial assistance for those pursuing a career in nursing or another healthcare field, including public health. A minimum of fifty percent of scholarships awarded support nursing education, with the remaining funds awarded to students pursuing education in other healthcare-related programs. Applicants must be accepted and enrolled as full time students. Students enrolled in pre-health programs will not be considered. In-person interviews may be required. Applicants must reside within designated counties within the states of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska to be considered. 

4. Corris Boyd Scholars Program

Deadline: May 1

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This generous scholarship was established by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in honor of Corris Boyd, a healthcare industry leader who valued diversity and leadership in students. This $40,000 scholarship for tuition is paid out over four installment periods. Applicants must already be accepted into a full time master’s program within an AUPHA school. Applicants must be a student of African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latino, Hawaiian, Alaska Native or other ethnic background signifying the student as a student of color. A minimum 3.0 GPA and United States Citizenship or permanent resident status is required. 

5. Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program

Deadline: See application 

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This scholarship is sponsored by the Guttmacher Institute, honoring the legacy of Cory L. Richards, known as a mentor whose commitment to cultivating individual talent benefited many during his nearly forty years at the Institute. This generous $15,000 scholarship is aimed at developing future leaders in the field by providing financial support to master’s degree students planning to devote their careers to public policy and rights related to sexual and reproductive health. Scholarships are offered yearly to full-time graduate students at an accredited program in the United States. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in public policy or public health are welcomed to apply, with priority given to those with the greatest financial need. Recipients are selected on basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership, honors, work experience and a personal essay. 

6. David A. Winston Health Policy Scholars Program

Deadline: April 10

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This generous scholarship provides up to twenty $10,000 scholarships each year to master’s degree students in health administration, health policy, and public health. Winners of this generous award participate in a one-day health policy symposium in Washington, DC. Applicants can expect to submit a resume, personal statement stating plans for a career in the health policy industry, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, including one from a professor from their current degree program. Applicants from MPH, MPP, MHA, MBA, MA, JD programs, as well as joint degree programs (such as JD/MPH), are encouraged to apply.

7. EmPOWERED to Serve

Deadline: January 31

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This scholarship is sponsored by the American Heart Association for undergraduate college students of any major, but who are involved in improving community health and wellness through efforts such as volunteering in local health organizations, advocating healthy food access in their community, fundraising for community health and wellness causes, and more. If you have a passion for public health, health equity and community engagement, this college scholarship could help further your vision. Although there is no GPA requirement, 3.0 or higher is preferred. Applicants should be in their Freshman, Sophomore or Junior years. Recipients of this $10,000 college scholarship also become part of the EmPOWERED to Serve network ambassadors and alumni and receive invitations to special events.

8. Foster G. McGaw Scholarship

Deadline: April 30

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This $5000 award is given yearly to 20 students in their last year of a healthcare management program at the graduate level, including MHA, MBA, and MPH students. The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship is available through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in honor of Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. Preference is given to students who are members of ACHE, but non-members will be considered. A resume, GPA of 3.0 or higher, and letters of recommendation are needed to apply for this scholarship. In addition, an application essay is required, including your reasons for your career path in health care management, history in this field, community volunteer experience and demonstrated financial need. 

9. Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: See application

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The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program was established to provide opportunity for outstanding minority students to reach their highest potential by lessening their financial barriers. Students of color with high academic and leadership potential are invited to apply for this program. This award is based on tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for an academic year. It takes into account the availability of other grants and scholarships reported on the student’s financial aid award letter, so is different for each winner. The undergraduate award may be renewed annually based on continued full-time enrollment and submission of required documents. Graduate students may be eligible for this scholarship if studying in certain fields of study, including public health. Undergraduate students must complete the application process prior to freshman year. This application process includes the student application plus a Nominator Form and a Recommender Form, and students are evaluated on academic achievement, community service and leadership potential. 

10. Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: The first Tuesday in February

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This competitive, merit-based scholarship seeks scholars planning to make an impact on a particular issue or community through policy development, direct services or advocacy. Funds may be used to cover tuition cost, room and board, fees, and up to $1000 in books. Most Truman Scholars seek master’s or doctoral degrees in public administration, public policy, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services, education, urban planning, conservation and environmental protection, or juris doctor’s degrees. Undergraduate students may also apply. Applicants submit the application form and policy proposal, a nomination letter from their school, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Nominees are chosen by the Faculty Representative at their school, then 200 Finalists are chosen by the Truman Finalist Selection Committee. Interviews are then conducted to select the Truman Scholars, who, in addition to monetary benefit, will have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. Between 50-65 Truman Scholars are selected each year. 

11. Healthcare Training Scholarship Plan

Deadline: April 30

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This scholarship is provided by the National CPR Association, which is committed to helping students in their endeavors to become qualified healthcare professionals. This $3000 scholarship is awarded yearly for a winning essay (500-1500 word) discussing thoughts and feelings regarding the possibility of performing CPR on someone and how they would handle the situation and preparation to ensure they are prepared for the task. Applicants may also discuss feelings and thoughts about their past involvement in a lifesaving scenario and use of CPR. Second and third place winners receive a complementary CPR Certification program (valued at $275). Any student enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate college program may enter but the organization is specifically seeking entries from students enrolled in Medical or Dental School, EMT Technician Program, Nursing School, Paramedic Program, Pharmacy School or a Respiratory Therapy Program. Essay entries are submitted via email in the required format. 

12. Health Resources and Services Administration

Deadline: April 23

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The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) provides scholarships to students pursuing primary care health professions training in return for a commitment to serve in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). The NHSC SP is seeking applicants focused on primary care who demonstrate geographic flexibility, as well as a strong interest in providing primary health services to underserved people in the United States. This program pays for tuition and education related expenses, as well as a stipend in return for a minimum of two years of full-time service in a NHSC-approved site in a HPSA. This scholarship program is open to US Citizens enrolled or accepted into a full-time medical, dental, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, physician assistant program in the United States or a US Territory. NHSC scholars should expect to serve their obligations as a non-federal employee approved by NSC SP, but must be eligible to hold an appointment as a Commissioned Officer of the Public Health Service or a federal civil service appointment. Three essays and two letters of recommendation are required for this application. Service obligation may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

13. Indian Health Service 

Deadline: February 28

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The Indian Health Services scholarship program was created to ensure that culturally appropriated personal and public health services are available to American Indian and Alaska Native people. The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships to members of federally recognized Tribes enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. The Indian Health Service (IHS) scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students assist in educating and training health professionals to staff Indian health programs. The Health Professional scholarship provides financial aid to undergraduate- and graduate-level students studying full-time, to assist in tuition and related school and living expenses. Upon graduation recipients fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice. Awards are based on a point system in 3 categories: Academic performance, Faculty/employer evaluations, and essays. 

14. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 

Deadline: May 22

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MGMA provides opportunities for a number of scholarships with varying eligibility requirements and dollar amounts between $2500-$5000. The scholarship fund supports the education of individuals who demonstrate potential to contribute to MGMA’s mission to transform healthcare. Applicants must be current student members of MGMA and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other non-clinically related professions. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a degree program for the upcoming academic year in the United States. 

15. National Hispanic Health Foundation 

Deadline: September 26

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The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) funds the National Hispanic Health Professional Scholarship, open to any student enrolled full time in a graduate level program in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing (BSN), Public Health/Policy or Physician Assistant. Applicants to this scholarship are not required to be Hispanic, but have an affinity for Hispanic community health and an interest in required participation in NHF Scholars Alumni activities. A personal statement discussing why the applicant is interested in Hispanic Health issues and professional aspirations, a professional recommendation, and resume, an unofficial transcript and proof of US Citizenship is required to apply. Applicants must be a Premier member of the National Hispanic Medical Association to be considered. Every year the NHHF awards between 15 and 20 scholarships to students with exceptional academic and leadership record. 

16. National Institute of Health 

Deadline: March 18

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s competitive Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences health-related research. This program offers financial scholarship support, paid NIH summer research training, and paid employment and training after graduation. This scholarship pays up to $20,000 per year for tuition and related educational expenses and reasonable living expenses and may be renewed for up to 4 years. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the Certification for Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) form and submitting it to their institution’s financial aid office. In addition, applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in a 4 year full time program with a GPA of 3.3 or higher or within the top 5% of their class. 

17. National Society of High School Scholars

Deadline: See application

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The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) offers a variety of scholarships to help students achieve their academic and career goals in health and medicine as well as a variety of other academic areas. Check these out to help you reach your potential and pay for college, study abroad programs, summer programs and graduate school. With 2 million dollars awarded annually, take time to read eligibility requirements and deadlines for each scholarship. Applicants striving for academic excellence will find something from the National Society of High School Scholars to help them on their way to fuel their interests. 

 18. Primary Health Network Foundation Healthcare Scholarships

Deadline: See application

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The Primary Health Network (PHN) Foundation Healthcare Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a career in healthcare or allied health fields. PHN promotes the training of doctors, nurses, technicians and other health care professionals to provide the highest quality of care in PHN centers located in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Each year PHN provides $30,000 in academic scholarships to students pursuing education in a healthcare profession. PHN is a federally qualified health center, providing much-needed healthcare services to underserved communities. It reaches over 118,000 patients annually through health and health education services.

 19. TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

Deadline: June 27

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This one time award from the makers of TYLENOL® is an annual scholarship to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. An applicant must be a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school, or be a current graduate student in Medical School, Nursing School or Pharmacy School. Applicants should have one or more years of school remaining and plan to actively treat patients upon graduation. Ten $10,000 scholarships and twenty-five $5000 scholarships are awarded annually and are not renewable. This award is to be applied to tuition, books, fees, supplies and equipment required for classes. 

20. Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship 

Deadline: See application

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This generous $2500 scholarship is awarded annually to three full-time graduate or undergraduate students who have excelled academically, demonstrating a commitment to Public Health through health education, and have demonstrated financial need. Students pursuing a health education degree and have completed at least one-third of their required coursework for their major are invited to apply for this scholarship. This award is designated for tuition and is paid directly to the institution. Applicants must be a current National SOPHE member and provide an official transcript, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, a statement from the applicant discussing issues that impact the future of health education, and the applicant’s role in resolving these issues, resume and demonstrated financial need. Recipients also receive an $800 21st Century Scholarship to attend the annual SOPHE conference.

By Carol Dolan BS RN BSN CDCES
April 2020

Carol graduated with her BS in Nutrition from Montclair State University and her BSN in Nursing from Rowan University. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) currently working with adults and children living with diabetes in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

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