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Scholarships and Awards

Endowed and State Scholarships 

The University of Maryland Baltimore offers a number of scholarships to students who demonstrates a strong ability to succeed through their academic achievements, community leadership, and service. 

Endowed scholarships are competitive awards requiring a record of demonstrated academic achievement and commitment to the community. Currently enrolled degree seeking graduate & professional students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore may be eligible to apply for one or more endowed scholarships.
Students entering into their last semester of study are not eligible to apply.

State scholarships are available to students who are classified as residents of Maryland state by the Office of the Registrar. 

More details about the Endowed and State Scholarships can be found here.

MPH Student Travel Award

The MPH Student Travel Award supports student travel in attending professional conferences, participating in a capstone experience or other public health-related academic event. The MPH Program grants this award to current MPH students who are in good academic standing. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be submitted to the MPH Program by the deadlines noted below and the experience must take place during the selected travel period (Fall/Spring). In addition, students need to apply for the MPH Student Travel Award before the experience happens. All current MPH students are encouraged to apply, as multiple awards may be granted each funding cycle. Funding will be awarded only one time per student. However, students may reapply multiple times during their tenure.

Award amounts vary depending on the destination of travel and the public health-related experience. Allowable expenditures include but are not limited to the following airfare, rail fees, mileage, housing, program/training registration and meals during the experience. Reimbursement will occur after the experience and once the student provides the required documentation for reimbursement. (The University requires original receipts.)

Application Deadlines: The MPH Program accepts applications twice annually.

Fall application deadline: Applications for travel during the period of July 1st through December 31st are due to the MPH Program by June 1st. Awards will be announced by July 1st.

Spring application deadline: Applications for travel during the period of January 1st through June 30th are due to the MPH Program by December 1st. Awards will be announced by January 1st.

Application procedures can be found here: MPH Travel Award Announcement

MPH students must submit their completed MPH Travel Award Application  and MPH Travel Award Budget Form along with the supporting materials to the MPH Collaborative Initiatives Director, Kara Longo at

2018 Spring Recipient

Arit Essang

Arit Essang with Village Team

Arit Essang visited the Mukono District in Eastern Uganda for a multi-week global health program with OmniMed. Omni Med is an organization that focuses its effort on global health equity. The picture above shows Ms. Essang engaged in a meeting with Village Health Team (VHT) members prior to scheduled home visits.

Arit Essang speaking about healthy pregnancy in a classroom

 Arit at VHT training on healthy pregnancy.

2016-2017 Recipients













Akiba Drew, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, completed a two-week intensive global health education program in Kabale, Uganda. The project was sponsored by Child Family Health International, a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Ms. Drew assisted with a maternal and child health project, where she shadowed clinical staff, visited different clinical settings, and learned about the complexities of the health care delivery system in rural Kabale.

When asked about her experience, Ms. Drew said “the experience was phenomenal; from the people I met, the breathtaking scenery, the delicious food I tasted, the sights I saw, and the information I obtained…I am forever grateful to the MPH program at UMB for funding my experience, and will move forward in pursuing my career in public health with a new interest in global health as well".



Agnes Ngugi, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, assisted at the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO), a non-profit organization located in Kabale, Uganda. KIHEFO operates several clinics and a child nutrition and rehabilitation center in rural Kabale. KIHEFO uses integrated approaches through community outreaches by providing health care, education and community development opportunities for local community members. Ms. Ngugi worked closely with KIHEFO staff assisting with a micro-finance project, which provides malnourished families with rabbits as source of protein and income.

Ms. Ngugi stated that “the trip to Uganda was an eye opener to public health challenges that face the developing world…I learned that poverty, ignorance and subsistence living are the main factors that foster the spread of preventable diseases in rural parts of the country”.



Breana McKinnon, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, visited Bahia, Salvador Brazil for a two-week global health program sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Global Health Interprofessional Council and Center for Global Education Initiatives. The purpose of this project was to offer UMB students an opportunity to study the Brazilian model of nursing, the difference and impacts of public private health care and investigate the Brazilian model for mitigating the HIV epidemic in an interprofessional setting.




Lucy Hernandez, a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student participated in a study abroad program, entitled "Mental Health and the Aging Population in India” sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The two-week program took place in the Indian state of Kerala and included a 3-day international conference, where both local and international experts in the field presented their findings surrounding the topic.

Ms. Hernandez stated that this experience gave her “the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and similarities and... the ageing population through the direct interaction with health facilities, organizations, and communities.”


Renee Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award

Associate Professor Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, passionately spearheaded the formation of and directed the MPH and dual degree programs, and taught students in the MPH, MS and PhD Programs. At the request of her family following her untimely death in May 2011, the Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award was established to honor her memory and legacy in the department. The fund provides merit-based awards to students in the MPH, MS, or PhD programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in the student’s academic work and in research and/or service in areas deeply important to Dr. Royak-Schaler: health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. Work in these areas can include an ongoing or completed capstone project, volunteer work, a presentation or publication, and/or a project related to the student’s program or research.

Award amount: Determined annually

Number of awards/year: Up to two

Application process:

The following should be submitted electronically to Diane Marie St. George, PhD, MPH Program Director

  • a CV or resume
  • a 1-2 page application describing current and/or completed work in health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. The application should also include the student’s background, interests, and any previous public health experience other than in the areas listed above.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation submitted electronically to Dr. St. George by a member of the UMB faculty (other than a member of the Award Selection Committee), a research mentor, a supervisor, or a capstone site preceptor.

Application deadline: March 15

Awards announced: May commencement ceremony