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MHA Program Scholarships

The UW MHA program offers five scholarship awards to current MHA students. These scholarships honor and support students who embody the program’s values of diversity, service and leadership, and who demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply such values within the program, and the health care profession’s scope of practice. Scholarships focus on different topics and formats to recognize the variety of diverse experiences our students bring to the program and the field.

All qualifying MHA students who submit a complete application form to the program through a dedicated online system will be considered for scholarships. Award decisions are made by the MHA program director and a board of teaching faculty members. Award winners will be publicly recognized at the annual winter alumni event and also in the MHA alumni newsletter and on program websites.

See the 2018–2019 recipients.

Essay-Based Scholarship Awards

Open to: 1st- and 2nd-year MHA students
Applications open: October 1, 2019
Submission deadline:  November 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
Students notified by: December 2, 2019

HSEED Equity and Diversity Award

The Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award was established by the Department of Health Services in 2016 in an effort to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities in the field of public health and health services. This award recognizes those who have overcome barriers to entering higher education or health care administration, and the contributions they will bring to the field. These barriers can include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, economic status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, nationality and/or access to education. Recipients are honored for their outstanding academic merit, diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and potential for leadership in health care.

Award Amount: $5,000

Impact Award

This award honors students who exemplify principles of service: commitment to the needs of communities, to programs that improve the human condition, and to efforts to protect and empower all individuals. This award recognizes students who demonstrate service to unserved and underserved communities and populations.

Award Amount: $4,000

Emerging Leader Award

This award honors an innovative and inclusive leader of tomorrow who brings a unique lens to the field of health care administration. The award includes students with non-traditional leadership experiences, who expand the definition of leadership and add value to the field.

Award Amount: $4,000

Foster G. McGaw Scholarship 

In 1922, Foster G. McGaw founded the American Hospital Supply Corporation. He went on to establish ethical guidelines for selling to hospitals, to shape the hospital supply industry and to create the standards that continue to guide the industry today. In 1975, he established the Foster G. McGaw Scholarship through the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in recognition of the importance of health administration education. 

Please write an essay of up to 1,000 words that responds to this prompt:

How should ethical standards guide a hospital when providing care to patients, conducting its operations and meeting its mission? How can and should hospital leadership identify, support and implement these standards? Please explore at least two specific examples of how ethical standards should shape decision-making by hospital leaders. 

Award Amount: $2,250

As with the other MHA program essay scholarships, an optional supplemental statement of 300-500 words may also be submitted. This should describe how the financial award would impact the student's current and/or future ability to realize academic and professional goals and to address any particular barrier or hardship. 

Distinguished Presentation Awards

Open to: 1st- and 2nd-year MHA students
Applications open: October 1, 2019
Submission deadline: November 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
Presentations held:  November 7-8, 2019
Students notified by:  December 2, 2019

The Distinguished Presentation Awards honor students who demonstrate outstanding presentation skills and exceptional understanding of the field of health care administration. Each year program faculty propose two emerging topics in health care. Students choose one topic to address during a 10-minute presentation before a panel of faculty judges. One student from each of the two cohorts will receive this award. First- and second-year students will not be competing against one another.

Award Amount: Two awards of $4,000 each

Other Scholarships

Program Retention and Student Success Scholarships

The Program Retention and Student Success Scholarships are need-based awards designed to help outstanding MHA and Executive MHA students continue their studies uninterrupted. 

To be eligible, students must: 

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have been fully enrolled in the MHA or Executive MHA program for at least one quarter
  • Carry a 3.5 GPA in the program and be making satisfactory progress toward the degree

Award Amount

  • Up to $5,000 per award; students may receive the award only once.

Application Deadlines

Scholarships are available every quarter. The application deadline is two weeks before the start of the quarter in which the student is enrolled. 

Quarter Apply By
Autumn Quarter 2019 September 11, 2019
Winter Quarter 2020 December 23, 2019
Spring Quarter 2020 March 16, 2020
Summer Quarter 2020 June 8, 2020

Application Process

To apply, students should submit an unofficial copy of their transcript; a resume, a list of any funding granted or anticipated for the academic year (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.), and a personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing these prompts as relevant:

  • Academic History and Goals: Tell us about your experience to date in the MHA or Executive MHA program and how it fits with your goals and aspirations. Explain any situations that may have had a significant impact — positive or negative — on your academic progress.
  • Personal History: Describe how this financial award would impact your current and/or future ability to realize your academic and professional goals. We invite you to include any particular barrier or hardship you think is relevant for us to consider.

All materials should be collected in a single PDF file and submitted by email to Anna Frazer at