Environmental Health Student Scholarships Doubled to Build Workforce

https://www.neha.org/2024-scholarship-awards      April 11, 2024

Denver, CO – This week, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) announced the expansion of their student scholarship program from three scholarships to five. They also increased the amount of each scholarship, doubling the total investment in students from $9,050 annually to $16,800 this year.  

The NEHA/AAS Scholarship Fund provides direct financial support for undergraduate and graduate students.

“These scholarships recognize potential and empower the recipients to make an environmental health impact by helping them to achieve their academic goals,” said Larry Ramdin, NEHA Board of Directors First Vice-President. “Providing scholarships is in keeping with NEHA’s mission to build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce.”

Over the next few years approximately 40% of the public health workforce intends to leave their job. Scholarships can help to build the new workforce needed to protect communities from current and emerging environmental health risks. 

Graduate Environmental Health Scholarship Recipients

  • David Docherty, Stockton State University, Master of Public Health
  • Mara Kuzmich, University of Arkansas–Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, Master of Science in Food Safety

Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholarship Recipients

  • Dr. Sheila Davidson Pressley Scholarship: Ella Horgan, Montana State University, Microbiology, Environmental Health
  • Dr. Carolyn Hester Harvey Scholarship: Arilyn Lee, Eastern Kentucky University, Environmental Health Science and Sustainability 
  • Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholarship: Brian Santiago, Johnson & Wales University, Public Health

“My congratulations to the graduate and undergraduate recipients of the 2024 NEHA/AAS Scholarship Awards,” said Vince Radke, Chair of AAS. “All the best to you and we look forward to working with you to solve environmental health problems.” 

Funding for the scholarships comes from individual and corporate donations  and NEHA/AAS budget commitments.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled a dedicated and recognized curriculum in environmental health sciences within an accredited college or university in the U.S., its territories, or the Freely Associated States, and intend to pursue a career in environmental health.


The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) represents more than 7,100 governmental, private, academic, and uniformed services sector environmental health professionals in the U.S., its territories, and internationally. NEHA is the profession’s strongest advocate for excellence in the practice of environmental health as it delivers on its mission to build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce.

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