The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) offers stipends and tuition scholarships to students who have been admitted to a Masters level graduate program or the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, who will be enrolled on a full-time basis, and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the graduate or professional program in which they will be enrolled.
Stipend enhancement awards may also be available for students applying to PhD programs.
Students who will contribute to the diversity of their program and their field based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, or first-generation status are encouraged to apply for these awards. Students who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education are especially encouraged to nominate themselves.
Students apply for a diversity award when applying for admission to the program of their choice. However, information shared in the diversity award application is not used for admission decisions.
History and of the Fund
In the Spring of 2018, Greer Hamilton, MSW ’16 and Danise C. Wilson, MPH ’14 launched the Hamilton Wilson Student Support Fund to promote diversity and representation within their professions and health and human service workforce. As graduates of the University at Buffalo MSW and MPH programs, they recognized the need to support Black/African American students to ensure their success during school and within their career.
The Hamilton Wilson Fund provides $1,000 in support for a student who is a member of a traditionally underrepresented population (African American/Hispanic/Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian) enrolled in the Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs at the University at Buffalo. Preference will be given to Black/African American students. The award is meant to be used towards school related expenses such as books, field placement, transportation, and other needs awardees may have. Students may apply in any year of their program as long as they are enrolled in MPH courses in the semester during which they apply.