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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.

The Renee Royak Schaler Memorial Endowment In Health Equity Award

The Renee Royak-Schaler Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Royak-Schaler in the department. The endowment provides merit-based monetary 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 equity, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. Work in these areas can include a project related to the student’s program or research, volunteer work, a presentation or publication. 

Click here for more information on how to apply: Renee Royak-Schaler Memorial Endowment in Health Equity Award 

MPH Student Travel Award

The MPH Student Travel Award supports student travel in attending professional conferences, participating in a capstone experience, public health practicum 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. 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  three times per year.

Funding Cycle

Travel Timeframe*

Application Deadline

Funding Announcements


January 1st – April 30th

November 15th

December 1st


May 1st – August 31st

March 15th 

April 1st


September 1st – December 31st

July 15th

August 1st

* The departure date for the travel experience must be within the timeframe of the funding cycle you select.

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

Summer 2019 Recipients

Salma Sharaf

Salma Sharaf is an MPH student in the Epidemiology concentration who traveled to Guinea in June 2019 through funding from the MPH Travel Award and the Center for Global Education Initiatives. Salma joined an interdisciplinary team of UMB faculty, students, and international partners in studying and assessing the environmental and health impacts of Chinese bauxite mining in Guinea. The team conducted air quality monitoring and semi-structured interviews with community leaders and members in five rural villages in Boké, Guinea. Findings from this trip and future data collection and analysis will be used to document adverse impacts of Chinese companies on the villages surrounding the mining sites.

Salma with grandmother
Salma talks with a grandmother and her grandchild in the village of Dapilon, in Boke, Guinea.
Photo courtesy of Abigail Trumpy.

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The UMB team interviews community leaders and members in the village of Banire, in Boke, Guinea.
Photo courtesy of Abigail Trumpy.

UMB team meets with Jim Wormington
The UMB team meets with Jim Wormington, Researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. Photo courtesy of Abigail Trumpy. 

Nicole Campion Dialo

Nicole Campion Dialo is an MD/MPH student in the Community and Population Health concentration and as part of Ms. Campion Dialo’s MPH practicum, she spent 10 days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with two UMB faculty and another student. They visited Saude Crianca Association, a non-profit that uses a unique family-centered methodology to assist socially vulnerable families whose children require medical care. Through a longitudinal partnership with Saude Crianca, Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu, Assistant Professor UMSON and MPH faculty, is leading a research study to adapt Saude Crianca’s methodology for implementation with similarly vulnerable families in West Baltimore, with the aim of promoting social inclusion and addressing the social determinants of health. During the trip, the team collected quantitative and qualitative data about social isolation among program participants and volunteers at Saude Crianca and learned the in-depth details about the program methodology and operations. Also, they received a tour of Saude Crianca’s facility (including the hair salon where program participants can receive hair dresser training) and spent many hours discussing their vision for adapting the program to the context of Baltimore with their Saude Crianca partners.

Nicole at ASC Meeting

ASC Facility Meeting

Nicole tours ASC Facility
ASC Facility Tour

Nicole and UMB group with ASC staff
UMB Group and ASC staff

Fall 2018 Recipients

Deborah Olumuyiwa

Deborah Olumuyiwa at St. Joseph Catholic HospitalDeborah Olumuyiwa speaking with group at St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital

Deborah Olumuyiwa is an MPH student in the Global Health concentration and traveled to Monrovia Liberia with students from School of Nursing, Office of Global Health for their global health field project. She and the team spent two weeks conducting a qualitative assessment of maternal and child health in the country.

During her time in Liberia, Deborah was able to interview health care providers, trained traditional midwives and administrators on the care they give mothers and newborns at their respective healthcare facilities.

In addition to providers, she also conducted focus groups with women from the community to further understand respectful perinatal care.

 Michelle Peraltra

Michelle Peralta at APHA     Michelle at APHA with Nimasha

Michelle Peralta is an MPH student in the Community and Population Health concentration and she traveled to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, CA in November of 2018. During the meeting, she presented an abstract and it was entitled “Impact of an intensive integrative medicine rotation on medical students’ attitude toward Complementary and Integrative Medicine.”

This was Ms. Peralta’s first trip to the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. She found the conference to be a great educational and professional experience.  However, she also thought it could be overwhelming. So, here are her top five tips to navigating your first APHA Annual Meeting:

1. Utilize the APHA phone app - The phone app provides you with valuable information to plan out your time while at the conference.
2. Get out your comfort zone - At the conference, it is easy to choose sessions that you are interested in, however, this is the perfect time to see what other people are doing in public health and learn.
 3. Create meaningful relationships - APHA offers socials for networking opportunities at night. And remember: more business cards do not always lead to meaningful relationships. After the conference, follow up with your connections with a phone conversation or email.
4. Buddy up - I was lucky enough to find out that a classmate would be going, and we were able to share the experience together. There is nothing better than seeing a familiar face in a crowd of 12,000 people.
5. Rest up - It is easy to want to do everything and learn as much as you can. However, you can (and will) burnout. Try to pace yourself by choosing a few sessions each day; give yourself time to explore the exhibitor hall and adequate time to relax, eat, and sleep.

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