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Public Health Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Public Health Scholarship Program (PHSP) is to strengthen the public health workforce by incentivizing individuals to pursue training and careers in public health. Through the PHSP, scholarship recipients will gain the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, prepare for, and respond to recovery activities related to COVID–19, as well as other public health emergencies.  

HRSA PHSP scholarships will be awarded to EKU students who provide evidence of financial need to cover tuition costs for one of the approved programs listed below. Award amounts may cover partial or full tuition costs for 1, 2 or 3 years, dependent upon training program, student financial need, and number of applicants. Financial need considers all financial aid, scholarships, and Veterans Affairs funding (not including student loans). Students must be enrolled or plan to enroll part-time or full-time in one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Accelerated 3 + 2 Dual Degree Program
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Seeking a Public Health or Health Services Administration Certificate

To be considered for a PHSP scholarship, individuals must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Not be on financial aid suspension for not making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree.
  • Have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher (undergraduate) or 3.0 or higher (graduate)

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please complete the online application that includes a personal statement. The personal statement will be typed into the online application. Before beginning the application, it is recommended to have your personal statement drafted using the guidance below: 

  • Applicants must provide a brief personal statement that addresses 1-2 long-term public health career goals and 1-2 barriers to success in completing the training program. You should demonstrate the ability to develop and support ideas that strengthen the public health workforce. This should be no more than 2 paragraphs long (~150-200 words maximum).

The Spring 2023 online application is now closed. The PHSP Scholarship Selection Committee will review all online applications. Students will be notified of their award status by December 1. 

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