School of Public Health scholarships

There are numerous scholarships available to qualified School of Public Health undergraduate and graduate students to help with the cost of completing a degree program. For general information about scholarships and financial aid, refer to the University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

How to apply for scholarships

To apply, student must complete the FAFSA and the University of Nevada, Reno's General Scholarship (GUS) application. The amounts of the following scholarships range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars and may vary each year.

Nevada Women's Fund

Each year the Nevada Women's Fund (NWF) awards education scholarships to women in Northern Nevada. In 2020, NWF disbursed $211,000 to 89 outstanding Nevada women. Scholarship amounts ranged from $1,500 to $5,000. 

Nevada Women's Fund requirements include a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and that the applicant resides and is pursuing higher learning in Northern Nevada. 

Online scholarship applications will be accepted from December 15, 2020, through February 28, 2021, with awards taking place in summer 2021. 

Student Development Award from the School of Public Health

The purpose of the Development Fund is to supplement student research and community-based projects, and career development activities relevant to the student’s success in their undergraduate or graduate program.

Funds are contingent on the availability of differential fees and are to be used to support students and not faculty expenses, even if related to a student’s work.

Applications are reviewed by the Differential Fee Committee, with funding awarded four times per calendar year. 

Funding applications should be emailed to

Western Region Public Health Training Center student project stipend

The Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) is one of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTCs) funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration to support the public health workforce. The WRPHTC is located in HRSA Region 9, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and US Associated Pacific Islands.

The WRPHTC provides stipends to support public health and other health profession students conducting public health projects with public and non-profit organizations around the region through support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Stipends are subsistence allowances for students to help defray living expenses during the training experience, and are not provided as a condition of employment, or for tuition, fees, health insurance, or other costs associated with their training program.

Stipend: $3,500 per student.

A partial allotment of the funds ($2,000) will be provided at the start of the project and $1,500 at its completion when all reports are provided and a video presentation summarizing the project is uploaded onto the WRPHTC website. These funds may be taxable for US citizens and applicants will receive an IRS 1099 form from the University of Arizona.

Number of stipends available: 30 stipends

Student eligibility

  • Undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate or doctoral students pursuing degrees in a health profession (e.g., public health, psychology, sociology and social work).
  • Students must be enrolled at a university throughout the course of the student project (students that have already graduated from their program will not be considered).
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen U.S. national or from the Pacific Freely Associated States, or a foreign national having in his or her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive these stipends.
  • Student enrolled at schools in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, or the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands will be given preference.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master's, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of WICHE member states to enroll in 800+ graduate programs at some 60 public institutions outside of their home state and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition. In fall 2018, 1,478 students enrolled through WRGP and saved $22.7 million dollars in tuition.

Resident students from the following states and the U.S. Territories may participate, if they met eligibility requirements:, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Eligible graduate programs

Graduate programs available through the WRGP program for the University of Nevada, Reno include: Chemical Physics, Hydrologic Sciences, Public Health, and Social Psychology.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship

The University of Nevada, Reno is a proud participant in WUE, which allows students from participating states and territories to pay only 150% of our standard Nevada resident tuition. Participating areas include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Students who do not qualify for WUE, may be eligible for Nevada Advantage, a scholarship program available only at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Soroptimist International Scholarships

Soroptimist International offers a variety of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students, including the Dreams Moving Forward Scholarship, Live Your Dream Award, Youth Scholarship, Unsung Heroes and Soroptimist Ruby Award.

Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship

The Guttmacher Institute is pleased to announce the 2020 cycle of the Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship to support emerging leaders in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The scholarship honors the legacy of Cory L. Richards, a member of the Guttmacher Institute staff for nearly four decades whose passion for mentorship and commitment to developing new leaders benefited countless individuals in the field. The scholarship aims to nurture the development of future leaders by providing financial support to students seeking Masters degrees in the fields of public health or public policy who plan to devote their careers to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship In Memory of Margie Dunlavy

Each year we sponsor a deserving student by awarding a monetary scholarship. This student must be able to describe their interest in a field related to hospice and palliative care. The applicant must be a resident of Northern California (Sacramento and above), or be a student at a Northern California or Reno, Nevada college, having successfully completed his/her first semester of college with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and will be continuing her/his education in the field of nursing, medicine or related health care at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. The applicant should have an interest in gerontology, oncology and/or hospice and palliative care and be able to express that interest in an essay.