Public Health & Health Sciences

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Public Health & Health Sciences

Your gift makes a difference!

The SPHHS Student Emergency Fund is a faculty and staff-led initiative to help students with financial assistance in a serious time of need. The fund is intended to be a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses because of a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, job loss, COVID-19 related issues, or need for temporary housing.

In the wake of COVID-19, it's more clear than ever that supporting students who most need help is an all-in process. Emergency funding will become an even bigger part of making college success happen - reaping benefits for students, their families, and our future workforce.  

Funds will help students cover expenses associated with the following when need arises from an emergency:

  • Food and housing
  • Medical and basic health needs
  • Travel expenses
  • One-time tuition assistance
  • Computer equipment that can be loaned to students

Thank you for your support!

Graduate Support:

Dr. Diane J. Mundt Memorial Scholarship annually supports a PhD student in Epidemiology in with professional interests in science and policy, specifically how epidemiology informs decision-making. Preference is given to female, non-traditional students (e.g., those returning from the workforce to pursue advanced studies), and/or those demonstrating significant financial need as demonstrated by the Financial Aid Office.

Virginia A. Beal Fellowship is awarded to doctoral students studying Nutrition. It provides financial support to students to help lower the cost of their academic pursuits.

Undergraduate Support:

Patty Freedson Undergraduate Health and Wellness Scholarship provides financial support for an undergraduate junior in the Kinesiology Department who demonstrates interest in entering the field of corporate health and wellness.

Frank Rife Kinesiology Opportunity Scholarship provides financial support to first generation students and students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. The fund supports undergraduate students’ internship expenses for both domestic and international internship opportunities.

Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and/or graduate students, with a preference for awarding two equal scholarships each academic year. The scholarship is given to those who exhibit the qualities and spirit of Corinne A. Johnson, including a commitment to community service, volunteerism and leadership.


William A. Darity Sr. Graduate Scholarship provides financial support to public health students who demonstrate Dr. Darity’s commitment to social justice and is focused on supporting minority and first-generation students in pursuing advanced degrees in higher education.

Harry and Charlena Seymour Scholarship for Diversity provides financial support to those students who have been historically underrepresented due to race, ethnicity, gender, and economic reasons in higher education and to foster greater awareness and understanding of multicultural issues in communication disorders by the infusion of information about linguistic/cultural diversity in the curriculum of the Department of Communication Disorders.

Hands-On Research:

Priscilla M. Clarkson Graduate Endowment Fund provides financial support to Kinesiology graduate students and enables them to pursue research and opportunities that will expand their professional horizons.

The Stewart Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences whose academic concentration is exposure science/assessment in the occupational or general environment. Recipients will conduct research in exposures due to emerging technologies such as e-cigarettes, 3-D printers, nanotechnology, fracking, and/or mathematical modeling of exposures.

The Yablonski Fellowship provides financial support to Master’s level students enrolled in either the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, or Health Promotion and Policy. The fund supports students who demonstrate strong leadership skills through extracurricular activities like athletic, community, or other volunteer commitments, in order for them to pursue research activities.