General Eligibility Requirements for Scholarships:

1.  Applicant must be admitted to or enrolled as a full-time student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in the MPH program. Enrollment requirements do not have to be met at the time of application, but must be met before scholarship funds are distributed.

2. Applications and all supporting documents, including essay, letter of recommendation form, and recommendation letter must be received by the Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB School of Public Health, Room 517, Ryals Public Health Building at the same time as the application deadline to be considered for the scholarship award. (See page 3 for additional information on supporting documents.)

Administration of Scholarships:

1. Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a Sparkman Center for Global Health Director in accordance with the general guidelines and specific criteria for the scholarship.

2. Scholarship awards will first be applied toward the recipient’s tuition and fees in the first semester of enrollment through the UAB Office of Financial Aid and annually thereafter if you remain in good academic standing. Because Coverdell Fellows will receive this scholarship, those who are not residents of Alabama are eligible for in-state tuition rates. In the School of Public Health, outstanding candidates may be eligible for named scholarships (19 available) and departmental scholarships. Fellows also have an opportunity for graduate assistantships that are provided for those students who participate in grant-funded projects with faculty researchers.

Application Procedure:

1. Complete the Peace Corps Fellows Scholarship application.

2. Submit a recommendation packet (recommendation form and letter) completed by a previous college faculty member and/or your current employer.

3. Write an essay (less than two double-spaced pages) addressing how the scholarship will assist you in your career, reasons for selecting public health as a career, plans for the future, and involvement in the Peace Corps, UAB and/or the community. Essays will be evaluated on content, grammar, and style.

4. The student will be responsible for submitting all application documents in one packet via the Qualtrics application system (see link below: Coverdell Application Website). PLEASE SUBMIT PEACE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP PACKET WITH THE SAME DEADLINE AS THE SOPH APPLICATION PACKET 

Coverdell Application Website