The following scholarships are available on a competitive basis to COPH students who are currently enrolled and to new applicants. Students should regularly check the COPH Scholarships website for up-to-date list of available scholarships and awards.
Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship
The College of Public Health has a limited number of Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships to award to students who are not residents of Nebraska. These Scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of scholarship and academic performance.
Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Pre-professional Student Scholarship in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Award Amount $1,000
This award is to recognize an outstanding student majoring in a field related to health promotion and disease prevention on any campus of the University of Nebraska.
Scholarship award shall be applied toward tuition and fees in the subsequent academic year. Upon completion of the scholarship year, the recipient shall submit a brief report (less than five pages), to the COPH Dean describing her/his experience during the year and the impact of the scholarship on academic and career plans.
Eligible candidates are regularly-enrolled University of Nebraska undergraduate students in good academic standing who are majoring in a field related to health promotion and disease prevention. Majors may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate health professions, community health education, nutrition, psychology, biology, and exercise physiology. Candidates shall have expressed an interest in a career addressing health promotion and disease prevention, and insight into and understanding of careers related to health promotion and disease prevention. The career plan may focus on education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.
Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Public Health Research Student Award
Award Amount $1,500
Award is to be used for research support, research-related activities, and expenses necessary to execute the defined public health research project.
Eligible candidates are full time College of Public Health students in good academic standing who are enrolled in master’s or doctorate programs and have defined a public health research project. The selection criteria address the degree to which the student’s defined research project demonstrates disease prevention and health promotion through public health education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.
Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Scholarship in Public Health
Award Amount $1,000
Scholarship award shall be applied toward tuition and fees in the subsequent academic year. It is anticipated that a minimum of four scholarships will be awarded with a minimum of two going to MPH students and two going to MS/PhD students.
Eligible candidates are full time UNMC College of Public Health students in good academic standing who are enrolled in masters or doctoral programs and have defined a public health research project. The selection criteria address the student’s academic qualifications, career goals, potential for contributions to the field of public health, and views of public health challenges and how leadership in public health may meet those challenges.
Patte L. Martin Scholarship
Award Amount $1,000
Please note the prize may constitute taxable income to recipient.
Eligible candidates are MPH students enrolled full time within the COPH with preference given to students who are the first to attend either an undergraduate or graduate institution. Specific selection criteria preference is given to a student who is the first in their family to attend an undergraduate or graduate institution, academic qualifications, quality of essay, and quality of letter of recommendation.
Public Health Workforce Expansion Scholarship
The Public Health Workforce Expansion Scholarship supports early and middle career professionals employed by public health non-profits, the Department of Health and Human Services, local public health departments or federally qualified health centers in the State of Nebraska and working to improve the health of Nebraskans. The scholarship will provide financial support towards completion of graduate level education in a public health certificate or Master of Public Health degree program in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
- Employment by a public health non-profit, the Department of Health and Human Services, a local public health department or federally qualified health center serving Nebraskans in the State of Nebraska.
- Admission in a UNMC College of Public Health Certificate or Master of Public Health program.
- Support of employer to pursue graduate level education.
Benefits to Recipient
- Scholarship will support tuition and fees for full or part-time enrollment in courses leading to a Certificate in Public Health or Master of Public Health program.
- Advising and mentorship by public health faculty in areas relevant to the student’s workplace practice.