The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) offers stipends and tuition scholarships to students who have been admitted to a master's-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.
The goal of this fund is to reduce barriers to attending SPHHP professional programs among students from diverse backgrounds and support pathway programs.
SPHHP's learning community is enriched by differences in perspectives and background. A diverse student body, faculty and staff is instrumental in promoting cultural competence in public health and clinical practice. The school therefore is taking action to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff with respect to race, ethnicity, first in family to attend college, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, and veteran status, and to support the specific needs of international, first-generation, transfer and returning students.
The fund will provide support to students from diverse backgrounds in several categories including but not limited to tuition, stipends, conference attendance, books, and computers. The hope is that this fund will help SPHHP recruit, enroll and retain students across all departments and programs housed within the School of Public Health and Health Professions.
History of the Fund
In Spring 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 Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master 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.