SPH Alumni Scholarship: Application

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 6, 2017, 11:59 p.m. CST
Note: Submission of scholarship application gives the School of Public Health Alumni Scholarship Committee permission to access applicant’s application and supporting documentation materials.

PURPOSE
The SPH Alumni Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to current students at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Students must currently be enrolled in any certificate or degree program at the School and have completed one year in good academic standing. Students must be continuing in their course of study on at least a half-time basis for the next academic year (2017-2018).

Preference will be given to student applicants who: 1) Engage in student life at SPH and/or volunteer in the broader public health field in the community and show demonstrated leadership potential; 2) Demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.0; 3) Express a commitment to active participation in the SPH alumni community after completion of graduate studies.

ABOUT THE SPH ALUMNI SOCIETY
School of Public Health alumni around the world number approximately 10,500. Since its inception in 1982, the School of Public Health Alumni Society has worked to serve all alumni and students and promote excellence in SPH programs. As an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the SPH Alumni Society currently has more than 1400 active members. Membership is open to all graduates, former students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits, faculty and administrators of the school.

CRITERIA
Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

- Applicants must currently be enrolled (Spring 2017) in a degree or certificate program at the School of Public Health on at least a half-time basis (all degrees and certificates are eligible).
- Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time and must have at least two (2) additional semesters of public health course work left to complete beginning Fall 2017.
- Applicants must be active participants in student life at the School of Public Health and/or volunteer in the broader public health field and show demonstrated leadership potential through these activities.
- Must have a strong record of academic achievement with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Articulate a commitment to active participation in the SPH alumni community after completion of graduate studies.

APPLICATION
The application must be submitted electronically and contain the following documents:

- Personal Information
- Personal Statement (addressing the questions asked on the application)
- Resume (attach as word or pdf doc)
- One written academic or professional reference from someone who can best speak to your engagement as a member of the SPH and/or public health community and your capacity for ongoing leadership in the public health community (attach as word or pdf doc or email directly to selection committee, attn: Heidi Mastrud, goldm120@umn.edu)

IF SELECTED
If selected as a scholarship recipient, students are eligible for a scholarship award of between $2500 and $5000 per year, contingent on the following:

- Maintain an excellent grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Maintain involvement in extra-curricular engagement opportunities and/or volunteer in the public health community
- Attend the SPH Alumni Awards and Celebration of Giving on May 4, 2017 to personally thank the alumni community for their generosity that made this award possible.
- Respond promptly to requests for communications about the award by the staff of SPH and SPH alumni board.
- Awardees will be invited to participate in the SPH Alumni Scholarship Selection committee the year following their completion of enrollment at SPH.
- This is a one-year award. Awardees may not reapply for a second year.

Funds will be deposited automatically into your student account at the beginning of each semester. The amount deposited into your account will be credited toward any university charges (e.g., tuition, fees) for that term. Any remaining balance will be disbursed to you by the Office of Student Finance. Receipt of these scholarship funds may affect total financial aid eligibility and/or tax liability.