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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 2020–2021 recipients.

Essay-Based Scholarship Awards

Open to: 1st- and 2nd-year MHA students
Applications open: October 1, 2020
Submission deadline:  November 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Students notified by: December 4, 2020

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: $5,000

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

Distinguished Presentation Awards

Open to: 1st- and 2nd-year MHA students
Applications open: October 1, 2020
Intent to submit deadline: October 15, 2020
Submission deadline: November 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Presentations held:  November 12–13, 2020
Students notified by:  December 4, 2020

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. If you would like to participate, please email by the intent to submit deadline.

Award Amount: Two awards of $4,000 each; one for each cohort.

Other Scholarships

Program Retention and Student Success Scholarships

The Program Retention and Student Success Scholarship is to retain outstanding MHA and EMHA students and their successful and uninterrupted studies. This needs-based scholarship is available to degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need and who have been enrolled continuously in the MHA or EMHA program. 

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

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 2020 September 16, 2020
Winter Quarter 2021 December 21, 2020
Spring Quarter 2021 March 15, 2021
Summer Quarter 2021 June 7, 2021

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:

  • Explain any situations that may have had a significant impact — positive or negative — on your academic progress.
  • Describe the financial hardship and need that you are experiencing now. We invite you to include specific details regarding any particular barrier or hardship you think is relevant for us to consider.
  • What level of financial award would positively impact your current and/or future ability to realize your academic and professional goals and how?

All materials should be collected in a single PDF file and submitted via this secure form.