The KU MPH Program offers two scholarships for its current and continuing students to be used for the upcoming semesters: the Diversity Scholarship and the Leadership Scholarship. Students may apply for one or both of the scholarships but are eligible for only one MPH scholarship at a time. Recipients of the Kansas Health Foundation Partial Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this award.
A total of four scholarships will be awarded to MPH students in Kansas City and Wichita. Upon receipt of the award, students must demonstrate academic success by achieving grades of B or better in the first semester in order to receive the remaining scholarship funds in the second semester. Students may not receive the same scholarship two consecutive years in a row. Late applications will not be accepted.
Kendra Cruz - 2016 KU-MPH Diversity Scholarship
"As a public health student I learned that in order to have an effective intervention, the community must identify themselves with the individual/group trying to assist them. Coming from an immigrant household allowed me to understand the need for a more diverse workforce. Growing up, the language barrier hindered my family from seeking medical care. Going to a provider that does not speak your own language is conflicting and causes mistrust. My background allows me to provide services to the majority minority and create relationships because we have faced similar challenges.
My work and personal experiences allows me to contribute to the public health efforts in improving overall health. Coming from a diverse background is not suffice, it is essential for the individual to acknowledge the melting pot in our community and be culturally competent to provide the best possible care and services."
Kellen Gil - 2016 KU-MPH Leadership Scholarship
Kellen is the current president of the KU Master of Public Health Student Organization (MPHSO) and a second year MPH student in the Public Health Management concentration. His community service activities include volunteering at the Kansas City C.A.R.E One-Day Clinic, advocating for the Tobacco 21 initiative by speaking to the KCMO City Council and Swope Health Services Board of Directors and organizing the MPHSO Donor Drive, where he identified and registered eligible individuals into the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.
"To me, getting my MPH was a pathway to learning about how health services are provided to all individuals, and what factors resulted in some not getting the services they desperately needed (and deserved). While I have always planned on getting my MD, my ultimate goal is to work to help integrate the fields of health care and public health, and work to enhance access to healthcare, especially to individuals of low SES which have numerous barriers to these services.
Since joining this program, I have also cultivated an interest in the political aspects of public health legislation. I have been fortunate enough to spend time with two State Representatives, which has helped me to understand the process of public health policy implementation (or not), and has also showed me the importance of having influential public health advocates in legislature. While this has not changed my path to becoming a physician, it has changed my perspective of government at the state level, and has led me to consider a potential future in this area."