Graduate students in the Public Health Leadership
Program are eligible for a variety of funding opportunities. A listing of available funding and awards
sponsored by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other resources is maintained by the School's
Office of Student Affairs.
The UNC Graduate School support a small number of
competitively awarded merit assistantships. The Public Health Leadership Program and each of the School's
Departments may nominate incoming students who meet stringent academic
criteria. Awardees are selected on a
campus-wise, highly competitive basis. For a student to be eligible for nomination, they must apply as a full-time
residential student and have an available GRE report. Students may not apply directly but may
indicate their desire to be considered for this award when applying. Students must submit applications by December
11 to be considered for this award.
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
offers other incoming student awards (e.g., Cole Scholarship, Annual Fund, etc)
for which students may not apply directly but may indicate their desire to be
considered when applying. Students
applications must be complete by February 1 to be considered for these incoming
graduate student scholarships and award.
The Public Health
Leadership Program has received funding to annually award the top student(s)
with the Gillings Merit Scholarship(s). All degree-seeking graduate applicants are considered and the recipient(s)
is selected based on their academic merit, exceptional promise and potential.
Rachel Stevens Scholarship for
Public Health Leadership (established in 2004) is a one-year
scholarship of up to $1,000. The award is available for incoming and
currently enrolled graduate students in the Public Health Leadership Program in
the School of Public Health who are committed to
leadership in the field of public health practice. Preference is given to
students who have completed approximately one-third of their degree
requirements and demonstrated a commitment to continued practice and service in
the field of public health practice. This award is presented in the spring. Recipients may be awarded a second year of
Selection will be based on the applicant's demonstrated commitment and a
minimum of five years of experience in the field of public health practice; leadership
skills and academic excellence. Financial
need will also be considered. All nominees are to have the endorsement of the
Director of their respective concentration (Leadership, HC&P, OHN).
recipient receives a commemorative plaque and monetary award.
2013 Rachel Stevens Scholarship for Public Health Leadership Application Form
Association of North Carolina Boards of
Health (ANCBH) Vaughn Upshaw Scholarship in Public Health (established in
2009) is presented annually in the Spring to an outstanding graduate student in
the Public Health Leadership Program.
This award was established by ANCBH in honor of Vaughn Upshaw (MPH'85,
EdD'97, DrPH'99) who was instrumental in
the development of the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). She helped to focus the PHLP mission on the
important needs of educating public health practitioners in local health
departments and the important role of local boards of health. The PHLP has demonstrated its focus on this
mission through the growth and documented quality of its very successful
Masters of Public Health degree program over the years resulting in many
graduates of the Program who are employed by local public health departments
throughout North Carolina.
Selection will be based on the applicant's
demonstrated commitment to local public health agencies, leadership skills, academic
excellence, and contributions to North Carolina.
Public Health Nursing Awards
The Margaret Blee-Ruth Warwick Hay (established in 1973) and
the Imogene Pence Klingenfus (established in 1996) Awards are each presented annually in the Spring to an
outstanding graduate student enrolled in the Public Health Nursing or
Occupational Health Nursing Programs.
The awards reflect demonstrated leadership in nursing, commitment to the
value and worth of public health/occupational health nursing, and ability to
relate academic knowledge to public health/occupational health nursing
Nurses who are MPH/MS candidates with at least a BSN
degree, and who have not previously been awarded the scholarship, are
eligible. Nominees must have completed
at least 50% of their coursework and maintained a 3.0 (P/H) average or
better. The recipients receive a
commemorative plaque and monetary award.
Additional Awards and Student Funding
For the SPH scholarship description, application process and deadlines, please see the School's Student Affairs
explore Fellowship opportunities, please see the UNC Graduate School website.