HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program for LHDs

The scholarship application will be open from April 3 – April 28, 2023.

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 up to one academic year, dependent upon available funding, 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:

How much scholarship funding is available? The amount of funding for each student is determined by the number of applicants who qualify. We have the opportunity to distribute approximately $200,000 in 2023-24 and again in 2024-25.


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

  • Be an employee of a local health department in Kentucky.
  • 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 application will be open from April 3 – April 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2023 and/or Spring 2024 semesters. The PHSP Scholarship Selection Committee will review all online applications. Students will be notified of their award status via email by June 1.

Apply Online

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please complete the online application for the HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program for LHDs 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: Provide a brief personal statement that addresses: (a) 2 long-term public health career goals, (b) how these goals will develop and strengthen the public health workforce, and (c) 2 challenges to success (excluding personal responsibilities and finances) in completing your educational program. Each part should be clearly labeled within your statement. Total personal statement should be no more than 200 words maximum.

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

This scholarship program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Read more about the grant and collaboration

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