Scholarship Information

The 2021 Scholarship deadline has passed on June 15, 2021.

At CPHA, building meaningful partnerships to advance health and health equity is a major priority. We partner with a variety of organizations, from fellow public health advocates to state/local government agencies. When it comes to ensuring a resilient public health workforce for years to come, there is no more important partnership than the one we forge with public health students and early career professionals. That’s how the Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) Conference Scholarship Program began. 

The scholarship program enables public health students and early career professionals to attend the annual PHiR conference, the region’s largest gathering of public health professionals. Students attending a U.S. high school, college or university and early career professionals (those who completed their highest earned degree within the last three years) are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which helps to cover meeting registration and lodging expenses. These scholarships offer students and early career professionals a chance to learn the latest public health science and practice, connect with seasoned professionals, meet new mentors and, hopefully, find a lifelong home within the CPHA community. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 PHiR Scholarship Program will be expanding the eligibility criteria to include CPHA members who are current students, early career professionals, and eligible public health professionals. We hope that expanding our scholarship eligibility this year will support individuals who would greatly benefit from participation in PHiR yet may be experiencing financial instabilities. Details on the expanded eligibility criteria and a breakdown of conference expenses covered by eligibility are in the table below. All scholarship recipients must be a current member of CPHA or will become a member of CPHA prior to the conference. 

CPHA has defined Health Equity to be the active assurance that everyone is afforded the opportunities essential to attaining their highest level of health. In alignment with CPHA’s commitment to health equity and diversifying the public health workforce, we will consider demographic differences to support individuals’ ability to attend the 2021 PHiR Conference. Specifically, we will prioritize our scholarship funds to support public health students and professionals who are a member of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in health sciences (as defined by the National Institutes of Health), identify as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color (BIPOC), and/or identify as LGBTQIA+. We acknowledge the importance of intersectionality. These prioritized group categories are not mutually exclusive. Scholarship recipients who identify as one or more of these prioritized groups (underrepresented, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+) may receive additional lodging nights as part of their scholarship benefit.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please submit your application here no later than June 15, 2021 11:59pm MT. You will be asked to answer questions related to scholarship eligibility, demographics, scholarship needs, 3 short essays, and to submit a resume. Your resume should include your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and skills which will allow us to better assess scholarship fit and if granted a scholarship, where your skill sets may be best utilized at the conference.

Applications will be reviewed in late June and early July by a diverse committee. Applicants will receive notification of their status in mid July.  If you have any questions about the PHiR Scholarship Program, please email Venice Ng Williams, PHiR Director, at

Apply today! Application deadline is June 15, 2021 11:59pm MT. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors for making these scholarships available. Join us in supporting the next generation of public health leaders by  donating today!

Hear from our Past Scholarship Recipients

Attending the conference on scholarship meant a lot to me because I was able to “meet” and network with peers and mentors all over the State of Colorado. Also, my being awarded scholarship represented CPHA seeing some value in bringing in perspectives from someone like me: a young person, a Public Health professional who chose sort of a different life path, living in Southwest Colorado, using media to build connections and tell stories to build equity. 🙂 I enjoyed learning from others, and also bringing my own perspective to the group. – Debbie Higgs, 2020 PHiR Early Career Professional Scholarship Recipient

Thank you for supporting me with the scholarship. The conference has helped me gather information and skills that I can use in my role. I feel more confident in leading my team in the work and it feels great to be part of an organization that has stated in public they are focusing on equity and becoming anti-racist. It was a great honor to be able to participate. – Kelly Medina, 2020 PHiR Early Career Professional Scholarship Recipient