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HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program


The HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program at the Rutgers School of Public Health is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grant No. T52 HP46773. This HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program recognizes high achieving individuals by offering partial tuition scholarships. This competitive partial tuition scholarship program seeks to increase the capacity of public health systems to meet the core public health functions, the Ten Essential Public Health Services, and decrease public health inequities and health disparities.

If you have any questions about the HRSA Public Health Scholarship Program, please feel free to email the Office of Admissions at admissions@sph.rutgers.edu or call us at 732-235-4646.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must be:

  • a resident of New Jersey (for in-state tuition purposes);
  • a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (e.g., hold a green card);
  • pursuing an MPH degree or Population Health Certificate at the Rutgers School of Public Health;
  • either be working in a state and local public health organization in New Jersey or be from an underrepresented group or disadvantaged background; and
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any New Jersey or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any award.

Are continuing students eligible for the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
Students who are currently attending the Rutgers School of Public Health are eligible to receive the scholarship provided they started their MPH degree or Population Health Certificate no earlier than Fall 2022.

How do I maintain my eligibility?
Scholarship recipients will continue to receive the HRSA Public Health Scholarship provided that they maintain an active student status and remain in good academic standing each semester. Students who are put on academic probation will either lose their scholarship or their scholarship will be put on hold.

How long can I receive the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive the HRSA Public Health Scholarship through September 29, 2025.

Financial Requirements

I am receiving other federal grants and awards that cover the cost of tuition. Can I still receive the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
Students whose tuition is covered at least partially by federal awards are not eligible for the HRSA Public Health Scholarship.

Award Amounts

How much can I receive from the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
A HRSA Public Health Scholarship recipient can receive up to 50% tuition support from the Scholarship. For the MPH, the scholarship will support 50% tuition support up to a maximum of 45-credits, and for the Population Health Certificate, the scholarship will support 50% tuition support up to a maximum of 15-credits. The scholarship will provide the 50% tuition support for coursework taken between January 17, 2023 and September 29, 2025. The HRSA Public Health Scholarship will end on September 29, 2025.

How will the HRSA Public Health Scholarship be awarded?
A HRSA Public Health Scholarship will be automatically awarded to each recipient’s student account after the Add/Drop period for each semester the recipient is enrolled and taking coursework for MPH degree or Population Health Certificate at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Adjustments will be made to a recipient’s student account if they drop a course(s) during the semester. The scholarship will not support tuition for any course that is intended to be repeated or substituted for a course that was previously attempted but not successfully completed (e.g., received a grade of Incomplete, Withdraw, or F).

What expenses does the HRSA Public Health Scholarship cover?
The scholarship covers tuition only for students pursuing an MPH degree or Population Health Certificate at the Rutgers School of Public Health and does not cover other costs of their graduate study such as room and board, books, fees, health insurance, parking, transportation, etc.

Will the HRSA Public Health Scholarship pay for my tuition for the summer term?
Yes. The scholarship will cover tuition (50%) for courses taken in the summer as long as the courses are taken for the MPH degree or Population Health Certificate.

Recipient Obligations

What are the credit requirements of the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
There are no minimum credit requirements. Students who receive a HRSA Public Health Scholarship must maintain an active student status and remain in good academic standing each semester. Students who are put on academic probation will either lose their scholarship or their scholarship will be put on hold.

Are there any other requirements that I must meet while I complete my degree or certificate?
Yes. Scholarship recipients are required to complete an Applied Practice Experience in a medically underserved area of NJ as part of their MPH degree or Population Health Certificate and are required to complete skills-based training courses (2 per semester) to augment their studies (8 trainings total for MPH students and 4 trainings total for certificate students). Scholarship recipients will also be encouraged, but not required, to participate in annual job fairs and/or career panels hosted by the School of Public Health.

Are there any other requirements that I must meet after I complete my degree or certificate?
Yes. You are required to complete surveys each year you are enrolled in your graduate studies and post-training surveys up to one year after graduation.

Do I need a certain grade point average to get or keep the HRSA Public Health Scholarship?
Scholarship recipients must remain in good academic standing each semester, including but not limited to maintaining a 3.0 GPA. (The School’s Academic Standing Policy may be accessed here: https://sph.rutgers.edu/academics/policies.html.)

If I no longer meet the requirements can I regain my eligibility?
Generally, no. If a recipient became a non-New Jersey resident, they would become ineligible for the scholarship.

Application Instructions

How do I apply for the HRSA Public Health Scholarship and when will it be available?
Students must submit an HRSA Public Health Scholarship application. You can access the HRSA Public Health Scholarship application here.

  • For scholarship consideration for Spring 2023: Apply by December 5, 11:59pm ET
  • For scholarship consideration for Summer 2023: Apply by March 24, 11:59pm ET
  • For scholarship consideration for Fall 2023: Apply by July 1, 11:59pm ET