Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

At the graduate level, it is less likely that you will find scholarships that are general enough to be open to everyone no matter their degree concentration, state or school. It is possible to find scholarships that aren’t school-specific for your MPH, but the majority of scholarship funds come from grants that are awarded directly to colleges and universities. Below are four scholarships you may be able to pursue.

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Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Amount
$500-$10,000
Deadline
June 2016

In order to be eligible for one of the 60 scholarships, applicants must be US citizens with at least a year left of their graduate program in a medical field, including public health. Students should be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited school at the time of application. Though the scholarships are not renewable, they can be used at another institution if the student transfers programs.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

Amount
$5,000
Deadline
TBA for 2016

This scholarship is open to minority students enrolled in the final year of a graduate program for public health, health administration or a similar field. Successful applicants must be us citizens who can demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing in their programs.

Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program

Amount
$15,000
Deadline
TBA for 2016

Each year, this scholarship is awarded to one public health or public policy graduate student who has shown a dedication to the advancement of sexual health and reproductive rights policies. Awardees must be in good academic standing and enrolled full-time at accredited school. This scholarship is not renewable.

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship

Amount
$1,500
Deadline
TBA for 2016

Open to student members of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this scholarship is awarded to two students working on degrees in health education. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and future career plans to work as public health educators. They must also be in good academic standing with their current program, enrolled full-time and include transcripts and degree requirements with the application form.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

Amount
Varies
Deadline
TBA for 2016

Though not specifically for public health students, this scholarship program is open to those pursuing degrees that lead to careers as primary healthcare providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In exchange for receiving funds to cover tuition and educational fees, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses, awardees agree to work with underserved communities for two years after earning their degrees.

NEHA and AAS Scholarships

Amount
$2,000
Deadline
February 2016

The National Environmental Health Association and The American Academy of Sanitarians offer a scholarship annually to graduate students enrolled in recognized colleges or universities with declared curriculums in Environmental Health sciences. The award is to be used toward tuition and fees for the program. Applicants must have at least one full year of coursework remaining to be eligible.

HOSA Scholarships

Amount
Varies
Deadline
April 1, 2016

HOSA-Future Health Professionals offers a variety of scholarships for graduate students in public health, and students only need submit one application to be considered for all awards except for the Association for Career and Technical Education-Health Science Educators. Applicants must be members of HOSA and provide proof of leadership activities and recognition, community involvement and a photo aside from the general requirements (transcripts, references, proof of further education intent).

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Renewable
Minimum GPA

General Mills Inc. James Ford Bell Graduate Scholarship

Deadline
February 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and major in the food science or food technology fields.

Institute of Food Technologists Graduate Scholarship

Deadline
February 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, conduct research in the area of food science or food technology and must demonstrate an interest in research.

Fresno-Madera Medical Society Scholarship

Deadline
May 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must have been a resident of either Fresno or Madera counties, Calif. for at least one year and be approved for matriculation in a medical school. Award will be sent to the school of matriculation to be administered toward tuition, lab fees, books, and any other valid educational expenses.

Charles Abrams Scholarship

Deadline
April 30
Renewable
No

Applicant must be an United States citizen with financial need who has been accepted into a graduate planning program at one of five eligible schools at which Charles Abrams taught. Applicant must be nominated by the program's department chair and ultimately be in the pursuit of a career as a practicing planner.

ACLS Fellowship

Deadline
September 28
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have held the Ph.D. for at least two years, and have not had a supported research leave for at least three years. Award is for postdoctoral research in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). OFA is accessible through the Fellowship and Grant Programs section of the web site.

George E. Mylonas Scholarship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an entering freshman student who plans to pursue an undergraduate major in Arabic; art history and archaeology; Chinese; classics/ancient studies; comparative arts; comparative literature; dance; drama; English; film and media studies; French; German; modern Hebrew; history; interdisciplinary project in the humanities; literature and history; Italian; Japanese; Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern studies; music; philosophy; religious studies; Russian studies; or Spanish.

Board of Governors Medical Scholarship

Deadline
May
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a North Carolina resident, demonstrate financial need, and intend to practice medicine in North Carolina. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

William J. Oates Endowed Scholarship

Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Alvin and Mona Libin Scholarship in Medicine

Deadline
October 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be an Alberta resident entering the first year at the Faculty of Medicine M.D. program and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Selection is based upon academic merit. Extracurricular activities and community involvement are considered. Award is in Canadian dollars.

Dupont Challenge/Science Essay Award

Deadline
January 25
Renewable
No

Applicant must be currently enrolled in a public or private school in the U.S., U.S. territories, or Canada. A 700- to 1,000-word essay and official entry form are required.

Constance L. Lloyd/ACMPE Scholarship

Deadline
June 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a woman enrolled at an accredited college or university in Georgia. Applicant must submit a letter stating career goals and objectives, a resume showing employment history with a brief narrative describing specific employment responsibilities in health care field, and three letters of recommendation. Reference letters should address performance, character, potential to succeed, and need for scholarship support. Send for an application with a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope.

Alman H. Cooke Scholarship

Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a woman enrolled at an accredited college or university in Georgia. Applicant must submit a letter stating career goals and objectives, a resume showing employment history with a brief narrative describing specific employment responsibilities in health care field, and three letters of recommendation. Reference letters should address performance, character, potential to succeed, and need for scholarship support. Send for an application with a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope.

James H. Cummings Scholarship

Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a woman enrolled at an accredited college or university in Georgia. Applicant must submit a letter stating career goals and objectives, a resume showing employment history with a brief narrative describing specific employment responsibilities in health care field, and three letters of recommendation. Reference letters should address performance, character, potential to succeed, and need for scholarship support. Send for an application with a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope.

Dr. Robert Elliott Scholarship

Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a woman enrolled at an accredited college or university in Georgia. Applicant must submit a letter stating career goals and objectives, a resume showing employment history with a brief narrative describing specific employment responsibilities in health care field, and three letters of recommendation. Reference letters should address performance, character, potential to succeed, and need for scholarship support. Send for an application with a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope.

437 Scholarship

Deadline
March 28
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must prove Native American background.

Clara and Arleigh B. Williamson Scholarship

Deadline
May 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a graduate of a Staten Island high school, be enrolled full time, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be involved in community/school service. Transcript and two letters of recommendation from teachers are required. Financial need is not a major consideration.

Dunbar Scholarship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Yes

Nomination required. Applicants nominated for award rank at or near the top of their class, pursue the most rigorous course load available, and demonstrate sustained and outstanding leadership ability. Common Application, application, interview, and campus visit prior to January 15 are required. Faculty committee will select finalists.

Home for Aged Women Scholarship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a woman, be pursuing an associate degree, be studious, and demonstrate financial need. FAFSA is required.

Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship

Deadline
Early January
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a woman and a graduate of Wellesley College. Selection is based upon merit and need.

Elizabeth Rose Hayes Scholarship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant should rank in top two-tenths of class, have a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT I score of 1050), and have leadership ability. Selection is based upon academic qualifications. Financial need is considered.

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Loans

With fewer general scholarships available for master’s students, graduate school is almost exclusively paid for using federal or private loans. The first step in obtaining a federal loan is to fill out the FAFSA. Unlike with your undergraduate application, you are not required to include your parents’ financial information; as a grad student, you are now considered independent. Graduate federal loans begin accruing interest as soon as funds are disbursed, and if you decide not to pay that interest while you’re in school, it is added to your overall borrowed total upon graduation.

Master’s of Public Health graduates may be able to qualify for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. After earning your degree, you will be required to make monthly payments on your Direct Loan for 10 years while working in a public service role. At the end of this time, you may apply to have the rest of your loan forgiven.

The chart below breaks down what loans may be eligible for:

Loan Comparison Chart

Stafford
Eligibility Requirements No previous federal loan defaults; Must attend school at least half time
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available Up to $20,500/year; $138,500 for entirety of degree
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 3.6%; Maximum of 9.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment 6 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 20-25 years; 10 years for public servants
Graduate Plus
Eligibility Requirements Must attend school at least half time; acceptable credit
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Full cost of graduate study, including living expenses
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 4.6%; maximum of 10.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment Deferred until 6 months after school or after attendance drops below half time
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 10 years if employed in nonprofit or government
Perkins
Eligibility Requirements Must qualify as low-income student; income cut-off varies by school
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available $8,000/year; varies according to college
Interest Rates 5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/Yes
Repayment 9 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness Various Cases
Private
Eligibility Requirements Based on credit
FAFSA No
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Varies
Interest Rates Varies
Fixed Rate/Subsidized No/No (Usually)
Repayment Immediately (Generally)
Income-based repayment No
Forgiveness No

Teacher, Graduate or Research Assistant Jobs

Many colleges and universities offer their master’s-level students an opportunity to work directly for and with their professors. As teacher or research assistants, students help prepare class materials, grade papers and work on research papers. They generally earn a weekly or monthly stipend, and TAs and RAs are eligible to receive a discount for their tuition.

If you are already employed, this option is not for you. These are part-time positions, and students can work anywhere between 10 and 30 hours per week. You are expected to fulfill your TA or RA duties while keeping up with your coursework. If you already work full-time while earning your degree, you run the risk of spreading yourself too thin by taking on extra responsibilities.