SOPHE Student Member Fellowships and Awards

2016 Awards and Scholarships Applications are open. Apply now!


21st Century Scholarships Eight or more scholarships of $500 will be awarded to full-time undergraduate and graduate students to attend the SOPHE Annual Meeting. Applications due October 23, 2015.

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship This $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually to two deserving full-time graduate or undergraduate students who are national SOPHE members and who have excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to addressing the public's health through a career in health education, and who have demonstrated financial need. Students applying for this award must currently be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a health education degree (e.g., Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education), and must have completed at least one-third of coursework required for their major. Applications due October 23, 2015.

Graduate Student Research Paper Each year, SOPHE recognizes one outstanding graduate student for creative and innovative research as illustrated by completion of a research paper. The recipient will be awarded $250 and complimentary registration at the SOPHE Annual Meeting, where he or she will be invited to give a conference poster or presentation. Applications due October 23, 2015.

The Oberteuffer Scholarship.This $1,500 award, conferred by SOPHE on behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE), recognizes doctoral students for their academic achievement; applicant’s potential for advancing the health of children and youth; professional goals; and the caliber of the documents. Applications due October 23, 2015.

The Marion B. Pollock Fellowship.This $3,000 award, conferred by SOPHE on behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE), will be presented to a talented and committed teacher in an elementary, middle school, or high school for graduate study at the master's level. The applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited college/university in the United States or a U.S. territory in a health education program and be able to demonstrate six (6) completed credit hours in the program of study. Applications due October 23, 2015.


SOPHE Doctoral Fellowship.This one-year doctoral student fellowship in health education and health promotion recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. In 2014, the one-year doctoral fellowship (up to $20,000) will be devoted to a student who will investigate, chronicle, and index SOPHE’s history with a primary focus on the years 2000-2015 and will produce products to make the history available to SOPHE members via the SOPHE website and other mechanisms. Applications are closed.

SOPHE Student Fellowship in Patient Engagement. This one-year student fellowship is in honor of the late Dr. Jessie Gruman and is funded by the Center for Advancing Health. The fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train masters or doctoral students to advance the research and practice of patient-centered health care from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences. The competitive fellowship includes a stipend of $2,000 to support the project, SOPHE membership, and an opportunity to present the findings at a SOPHE Annual Meeting and/or publication in one of SOPHE’s peer-reviewed journals. One fellowship will be awarded in 2016. Applications are closed.

SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention. This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train graduate students working on unintentional injury prevention projects from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. Please click on the Award Description below for full information and application instructions. Applications are closed.