HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program

The Spring 2023 online application cycle is closed. Stay tuned for information about the Fall 2023 application. 

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 UofL 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).

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled or plan to enroll part-time or full-time in one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Health
  • Accelerated Bachelor’s--Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics


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)


The Spring 2023 online application cycle is closed. Stay tuned for information about the Fall 2023 application period. 

The Spring 2023 application was open from Oct. 25 to Nov 4, 2022. The PHSP Scholarship Selection Committee will review all online applications. Students will be notified of their award status by December 1. 

Apply Online

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you will complete an online application (link not currently available) that includes qualifying criteria and 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: 

  • Personal Statement: Applicants must provide a brief personal statement that addresses 1 or 2 long-term public health career goals and 1 or 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).

For questions, please contact Tammi Alvey Thomas, PhD, MSSW, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Public Health Practice and Undergraduate Education at

Stay connected TwitterFacebook LinkedIn YouTubeInstagram