The College of Public Health and Health Professions offers several scholarships to eligible students.

Who can apply for college scholarships?

  • Graduate and professional students and undergraduate junior and senior students in the Bachelor of Health Science (all tracks) or Bachelor of Public Health programs who have completed at least one semester in the program. (Please note: Undergraduate freshmen and sophomore students are not eligible for college aid.)
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing in their current program of study.
  • Applicants must have a FAFSA on file.

Students applying for college scholarships will be considered for ALL available scholarships for which they meet the eligibility criteria, including available funding not listed here. Students interested in applying for the UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship must do so separately.

Please note that additional funding may be available to graduate level students. Contact the department or program director for information.

If you have questions regarding your financial aid in general, please contact:

  • Juniors, Seniors, Graduate students and Professionals: PHHP Financial Aid Coordinator at (352) 273-6115 or by email:
  • Freshmen and Sophomores: UF Financial Aid Office located in Criser Hall at (352) 392-1275.

College Scholarships

The application period for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in October 2023. College scholarships are awarded at the end of Spring semester. The UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship is disbursed as one lump sum payment in August.

Questions regarding College scholarships? Contact April O’Neal at or 352-273-6377.

Information on external awards and other helpful links for obtaining information about possible external aid may be found here.    

PHHP Scholarships Application

UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship Application


Michelle Brooks Yates Endowment Fund in Honor of Wilma S. Brooks

Who is eligible: New or continuing graduate and professional students. Self-nominations and faculty nominations are accepted.

Criteria: Students are selected based on the following priority
1. Former undergraduate Florida Opportunity Scholars (FOS) whose current or future research focuses on obesity and/or nutrition.
2. Former undergraduate Florida Opportunity Scholar regardless of research interest.
3. Student who has research interests in obesity and nutrition but is not currently conducting obesity/nutrition research and is not a former FOS
4. Student who would best benefit from financial assistance

Judson A. Clements Memorial Scholarship

Who is eligible: Although undergraduate juniors and seniors are considered, preference is given to graduate and professional students. Self-nominations and nominations by others are accepted.

1. Pursuing a health-related field as a profession
2. Demonstrates strong leadership qualities, such as through service to the community, school, church, etc.
3. Although not required, priority is given to applicants who have lived, worked or volunteered in Duval County.

Paul M., Laura L., and Amy L. Deutsch Endowment in Life Care Planning Scholarship

1. Students who are conducting research
2. Must be conducting research with individuals with severe disabilities and/or research in the furtherance of the process of life care planning
3. Chronic disease is excluded in the research on catastrophic disability
Nomination materials: Self-nominations that include the materials listed below will be accepted (to be reviewed by the PHHP Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee):
1.  Completed PHHP Financial Aid/Scholarship Application Form
2.  As part of the application, you will be asked to provide the following:
a. Brief description of the study (must include population, specific objectives, method, and statement of relevance to the field)
b. Explanation of how your research supports an area of catastrophic disability or the process of life care planning
c.  One- to three-line statement on your career plans related to working with individuals with disabilities
3.  Copy of  your vita

Anna F. Gutekunst Scholarship

Who is eligible: Juniors, seniors, graduate, and professional students recently involved in service activities. Self-nominations are acceptable, but preference is given to those nominated by others. Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff, students, and peers and supervisors in community service organizations.

Criteria: Students are selected based on the following priority
1. Service in student organizations associated with the College (e.g., LEAP, student chapters of professional organizations linked to our majors (SPTA, SOTA, NSSLHA, etc.)
2. Service contributions in health areas (e.g., through UF Health/Shands, community organizations offering health services/information)
3. General service contributions in the community
4. Financial need will break a tie; length of involvement, level of responsibility, and types of contributions are all part of the selection criteria

Sam and Connie Holloway Endowed Scholarship

Who is eligible: Undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Preference is given to undergraduate seniors and graduate/professional students who have completed at least 24 credits. Requires a faculty nomination.

1. Evidence of current college leadership experience. This must include either: (a) leadership within the college, such as on college affiliated organizations, boards, or college-sponsored activities, or (b) leadership that directly benefits the college, such as leadership in professional organizations
2. Evidence of professional promise, such as: (a) participation in student departmental activities; (b) leadership achievements in the Community and University; and/or (c) exceptional clinical or other related professional development activities enhancing leadership skills.
3. Strong academic record

Perri Family Fellowship

Who is eligible: New or continuing graduate students. Self-nominations and nominations by others are accepted

1. The student must have been the first in their family to attend a college or university at the undergraduate level
2. The student must be in good academic standing
3. Ph.D. students are given priority

Horace & Vivian Sawyer Endowment for scholarships in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation

Who is eligible: Social and Behavioral Sciences students (M.P.H. and Public Health Ph.D.)

1. Student is interested in working with people with disabilities (psychiatric and/or physical) or chronic disease
2. Preference given to those individuals whose career path support community reintergration

Ronald J. Spitznagel Service Fellowship in Health Sciences

Who is eligible: Graduate and professional students with more than 50 hours of volunteer service. Self nominations and nominations by others are accepted.

1. Documented volunteer service of 50 or more hours to the University and Community
2. Service hours must be unpaid and not associated with an academic or work requirement; service to immediate or extended family members does not count
3. Priority is given to students whose service focuses on health (e.g., health prevention and promotion, organization serving people with health needs, etc.)

Bruce Thomason Family Memorial Scholarship Fund (Endowment)

Who is eligible: Ph.D. in Public Health-Social Behavioral Sciences concentration

1. Focus on community engagement, community reentry, or vocational rehabilitation

UF Health Shands Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Who is eligible: Graduate students, professional students and undergraduate juniors and seniors who have completed one semester of coursework in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Students must also be enrolled full-time during the entire period in which the scholarship funds are granted (fall and spring semesters of next academic year). Self-nominations are accepted.

1.  Financial need as defined by the University
2.  Average or better grades
3.  Strong commitment to the ideals and endeavors of their profession
4.  Strong faculty endorsement

Please note that in addition to completing the online application, you will also need to complete and submit the UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship Form .