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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

The UIC School of Public Health recognizes outstanding students, faculty, and alumni each year via numerous scholarships for academic and research achievements, and overall potential for success in the field. These awards are supported through generous contributions from donors within the public health community. This page contains information on the following types of scholarships, honors, and awards:

  • SPH-Wide Student Scholarships and Awards
  • Divisional Student Awards
  • University-Wide Student Programs Scholarships
  • External Scholarships and Awards
  • Honorary Societies
  • Faculty Awards
  • Alumni Awards


SPH-wide Student Scholarships and Awards

The School of Public Health awards scholarships to students demonstrating significant academic achievements, engagement in research pursuits, and educational interest in different areas of public health. Award announcements, application procedures, and deadlines will be made in the Fall and Spring terms via the SPH-Students and SPHVIEWS listservs.

Application Instructions

The Spring 2019 SPH scholarships are accessible via the UIC Scholarships and Awards (Snap) system.

  1. Finding SPH Scholarships in the SNAP System: If you are searching for SPH scholarships in the system,  please select “Opportunities”and use the search function and the search term “SPH”. This will generate a list of all SPH scholarships currently in the system.
  2. Applying for Scholarships: If you have not done so previously, you will need to complete the general application. For SPH scholarships, you will need to complete an additional application for each specific award.


*SPH scholarships generally require a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The SNAP system allows you to enter the name and email address of the faculty member providing your letter. Please be sure to reach out to the faculty member before you enter their name in the system. Please be careful to correctly enter the faculty member's email address.

If you encounter an issue with applying to an SPH scholarship, please contact the SPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, John Slavick at


Spring 2019 Award Applications 

Amuwo Minority Scholarship

This scholarship is presented annually to one SPH student who demonstrates a commitment to working on health issues within the Black and African-American communities. This fund is named in honor of the school's former Associate Dean for community, government, and alumni affairs, Shaffdeen A. Amuwo, PhD, MPH, a dedicated advocate and mentor of minority students.


The Alan W. Donaldson Award

This award honors one graduating student for significant academic excellence, qualities of leadership, and community service. It is the most prestigious award granted by the UIC School of Public Health and is a memorial to Alan W. Donaldson, ScD, a founding father of the School and its first Associate Dean. Applicants must be among the graduating class from a School of Public Health degree program (summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019). Additionally, applicants must be available to speak at the School’s Commencement on May 11, 2019.


Hamilton Research Scholarship

This award is intended to support masters and doctoral level students whose work focuses on health policy research. Preference may be given to students researching the consequences, both positive and negative, of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare):  how it changes the health-care landscape for patients and providers in Illinois; how Illinois compares with other states in carrying out the mandate; what additional and/or unintended institutional costs (i.e., computer systems, special services, outreach, etc.) are required; and what savings in health-care delivery can be measured, as well as many other aspects of complying with the Act that should be examined.


Bonnie C. Minsky Award

This award is presented annually to one SPH graduate student with research and education interests in nutrition as it relates to maternal and child health, women’s health, and/or healthy aging.


Rodney P. Musselman Travel Award 

The Rodney P. Musselman Travel Awards support students attending professional conferences or meetings, including travel, accommodations, meals, and registration fees.


Dr. Sharon L. Telleen Maternal and Child Health Award (PhD only)

In recognition of her passion for maternal and child health and her service to UIC, Dr. Telleen has created this endowment fund to augment the opportunities available to doctoral candidates in Maternal and Child Health as they complete their dissertation research. An award will be given annually to a doctoral student enrolled in the Maternal and Child Health programs at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago who is completing their dissertation research.



Information regarding student awards specific to your chosen division should be referred to your Academic Coordinator. Awards for some divisions include the following:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences – Michael Bruton Workplace Safety Foundation Scholarship
  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics – William Haenszel Memorial Scholarship; Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Fund
  • Health Policy and Administration – Viron L. Diefenbach Award for Excellence in Student Research


This award is presented annually to a SPH graduate students enrolled in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division whose research interests focus on workplace safety. Application can be obtained in the EOHS Division office.


This scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division. This award is acknowledged at a special awards ceremony, and the winner receives a voucher for $200 to be used for travel, books, software, or equipment relevant to their work. The intent of this award is to foster high quality research among Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division students. Application information can be obtained in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division Office.


This award was established in memory of the second dean of the School of Public Health, provides an award each year to a student in the Health Policy and Administration Division. Each recipient is selected on the basis of a combination of academic achievement and financial need. Application can be obtained in the HPA Division office. 


The University of Illinois administers several scholarships that are available to students on any University of Illinois campus.


The objective of the Doolen Scholarship is to facilitate the study of aging by providing scholarships to two outstanding graduate students. These scholarships are made possible by an endowment from the Retirement Research Foundation to honor the late Mr. Paul D. Doolen, a long-time member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors. This award may be awarded to two graduate students in their second year of study, or beyond, whose principal scholarly interest is in the field of aging.

For the Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging application and additional information, please visit (


The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund is an endowment fund established by an agreement between the Avery Brundage Foundation and the University of Illinois Foundation. Income from the fund is to be used for "scholarships, grants, or fellowships" for University of Illinois students "who are both gifted students and exceptional athletes, for their combined physical and mental development."

For the Avery Brundage Scholarship application and additional information, please visit (




The Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP) assists UIC students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and external scholarship awards. The staff provide information on available awards, offer guidance on the scholarship application process, and assist students in presenting themselves clearly and effectively for awards that best suit their needs.

More information about the Office of Special Scholarships is available at:


SPH students may be recognized for their accomplishments by applying for entry into the Delta Omega Honorary Society. The Delta Omega Society is a national honorary public health fraternity established to recognize and encourage scholarship and research among those undertaking post-baccalaureate study in public health and to recognize excellence in the field of public health. Students, faculty, and alumni members are elected each year in April.

Student members are elected from summer, fall, and spring semester graduates of all SPH graduate degree programs. Graduating students who want to be considered for this honor must be ranked in the upper 25% of their graduating class (usually this translates to a GPA of 3.90 or higher) and should demonstrate qualities of leadership in public health in addition to academic excellence. 

Apply for Delta Omega: Student application

Deadline: February 22, 2019 at 11:59pm.


The Bernard H. Baum Golden Apple Award is presented each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and unusual service to students at the School. The recipient is chosen by the student body and the award is presented by the Public Health Student Association President at the May Commencement.


The distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor a University constituent alumni association can bestow. The award is presented to an individual who has brought honor to the University and the School of Public Health through significant contributions to the improvement of the public's health, to public health literature, and/or public health professional education. When an award is made, the Awardee is recognized at the May Commencement ceremony.

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