2021 Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: May 15, 2021

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2021 Family Member Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program is available to all high school, undergraduate and graduate students sponsored by a member in good standing of the Commissioned Officers Association (COA).

These scholarships are funded by active and retired Public Health Service officers, local COA branches, organizations, and others.  We thank them for their generosity.

Eligibility

Applicants must be the spouse or biological, step, or adopted child or grandchild of a member in good standing of the COA.  Applicants must also be matriculated students in undergraduate or graduate studies at schools located in the United States.

Selection and Notification

A scholarship review committee composed of donors and COA members will select the scholarship recipients.  Recipients will be announced in the newsletter Frontline and posted online.

Deadline and Submission Procedure

All application materials, including recommendations and transcripts, must be submitted no later than May 15, 2021.  Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online and include the following items:

1.   A 3,000 character (500 word) essay describing academic and career goals and how the area of focus relates to one or more of the eleven PHS professional categories (Dentist, Dietitian, Engineer, Environmental Health Officer, Health Services Officer, Medical Officer, Nurse, Pharmacist, Scientist, Therapist, or Veterinarian) or improvement of public health.

2.    Extracurricular school and community activities

3.    Honors/Awards

4.    Academic documentation
       a.   High school students: high school transcript 
       b.  Undergraduate and graduate students:  college transcripts
            Note: unofficial copies accepted

5.    Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one community)

Promotion of Scholarship

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, your photo and excerpts from your essay may be used for promotional purposes.

Questions

Contact Lynn Abrahamson at labrahamson@coausphs.org. Include 2021 Family Membership Scholarship in the subject line. 

 For more information, see www.phscof.org/dependent-scholarship.html 

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* 1. Contact information

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* 2. Sponsor information

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* 4. Status of sponsor

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* 5. Date of death, if deceased

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* 6. Did sponsor die on active duty?

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* 7. Sponsor's relation to you

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* 8. Sponsor's COA membership number (required)

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* 9. For high school and undergraduate students, upload a copy of your most recent transcript or GED. For high school seniors, the transcript must include your senior year 1st semester grades. For undergraduate college  students, upload a copy of your final high school transcript or GED and transcripts of any college courses completed.

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* 10. For graduate students, upload a copy of your undergraduate transcript.

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* 11. For graduate students, upload any additional college coursework you've completed toward your graduate degree.

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* 12. Essay: Address what you attend to accomplish with your degree or program and how your area of focus relates to improving public health. Limit your response to 3000 characters. It is recommended that you compose this section in Microsoft Word, then copy/paste it into this box.

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* 13. Upload activities/honors/employment form.

This form can be found at https://www.phscof.org/family-member-scholarships.html


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* 14. Upload recommendation letter #1.

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* 15. Upload recommendation letter #2.

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