Funding Your Education

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At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student. Read more about scholarships for our students, University-wide scholarships for all FIU students and external funding opportunities in specific areas of study. Remember: we are always here to help, so if you need someone to brainstorm with, need feedback on your scholarship essay, or if you are just having trouble finding the right award at the right time, don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting with us. The Stempel College Office of Student & Alumni Affairs is located in AHC5-145. You can ask to see Magnolia Hernandez (mehernan@fiu.edu) or Jeanette Lopez ( jlope012@fiu.edu ) for scholarship questions.

Financial Aid and your FAFSA Application

Before you carefully consider your options, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list FIU as the institution that should receive your FAFSA records and Student Aid Report (SAR). Depending on your unique situation and status, you may be eligible for federal aid. Additionally, most scholarship or fellowship applications may require completion of a FAFSA application.

The FAFSA application: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

To learn more about the type of aid that is available (e.g., grants, loans, work-study jobs, etc.), visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

In addition to the college and University scholarships, graduate students have a number of funding opportunities available to them, which are typically divided into the following two categories—graduate assistantships and fellowships.

Graduate Assistantships

Fellowships

Funding Opportunities for International Students

The following links provide resources specific to international students:

https://globalaffairs.fiu.edu/isss/financial-aid-resources/

International Education Financial Aid Website

Florida Linkage Institutes

Latin American & Caribbean Graduate Fellowship

Vietnam Education Fund

Stempel College Scholarship Collection

Stempel College offers a core set of scholarships that are awarded on a competitive basis in various categories, including but not limited to merit awards for academic excellence, travel awards for conference presentations and practicum or internship awards, to name a few.

PATH Merit Award

 

The Path Merit Award provides support to meritorious juniors, seniors and returning graduate students. Students in the college’s three major disciplines are encourage to apply. The scholarship is awarded based on GPA, participation in student activities and notable achievements.

A total of 10 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded for the academic year. Applications must be submitted no later than November 1 and awards will be disbursed in the spring semester of the following year.

Criteria

The application must include:

Personal Essay (1,000 words maximum). The essay must explain career goals, progress toward completing the degree, participation in college and/or University activities, notable achievements and how the scholarship will help meet career goals.

Letter of support from a member of Stempel College’s faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic career. The faculty member’s letter must detail the applicant’s progress in the degree program, academic aptitude and participation in college or University activities.

The college’s Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications and winners will be notified by email and letter. The email will also be sent to the student’s department chair/school director.

Submit complete application package to OSAA: PATH Award Scholarship Application

Path Travel Award

The Path Travel Award provides support to graduate students to travel to conference or scientific meetings to present papers or posters. Graduate students in the college’s three major disciplines can apply. The scholarship is awarded based on the quality of the paper or poster, the student letter, the faculty letter, quality of the scientific conference or meeting and adequate progress toward completion of the degree.

A total of 10 Path Travel Awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded during the academic year.

Criteria

The application must include:

A copy of the paper or poster.

A copy of the letter or email accepting the paper or poster from the host organization.

A letter from the student explaining the paper or poster to be presented, including the conference at which it will be presented and the role in developing the research and the paper or poster. More specifically, include:

Your professional purpose

Research interests and goals for a career

How the conference or meeting fits into the scope of your presentation

A description of the research that you will be presenting and the contribution of the research to your discipline

Your contribution to the research and writing of the paper or poster

The relevance of the abstract/presentation/workshop and how it aligns with your professional goals

How the funding will help you achieve those goals

A letter of support from a member of Stempel College’s faculty familiar the applicant’s academic career. This letter must detail the applicant’s progress toward completing the degree, evaluate the quality of the paper or poster to be presented, list the applicant’s role in the research and developing paper or poster presentation and evaluate the conference or scientific meeting.

The college’s Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications and winners will be notified by email and letter. The email will also be sent to the student’s department chair/school director.

Submit complete application package to OSAA by March 1st:  PATH Travel Award Application

Path Science Prize

The Path Science Prize recognizes a doctoral student or doctoral graduate of Stempel College who had a paper accepted or published in the previous six months. The doctoral graduate need not be enrolled to receive the prize, but must be no more than one semester or six months post-graduation. To be considered for the award, the student or graduate must be the paper’s first author. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded in the fall semester, the spring semester and the summer terms. The prize is announced during the Stempel College Graduation Reception.

 

Criteria

The application must include:

A letter explaining the paper and the writer’s role in developing the research and the paper.

A copy of the manuscript: if published, a copy of the printed manuscript; if accepted, a copy of the manuscript as submitted and the acceptance letter from the publication.

A letter of support from a member of Stempel College’s faculty familiar the applicant’s academic career. This letter must evaluate the quality of the research, explain the applicant’s role in the research and developing the manuscript and evaluate the journal in which the paper was or will be published.

This is a one-time award; previous award recipients are not eligible to reapply. The college’s Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications and winners will be notified by email and letter. The email will also be sent to the student’s department chair/school director.

Submit complete application package to OSAA by October 1.: PATH Science Prize Application

Stempel Scholarship

The Ernest Stempel Foundation provides generous support to selected charities and organizations that focus on education, the environment, medical research and the disadvantaged. Stempel College is honored to issue this award every year to a Master of Public Health (MPH) student.

The recipient is awarded a fixed stipend that may be applied toward University tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing/living expenses and travel. The recipient will be selected based on specific criteria and continuation of support will be determined based on the student’s academic progress each semester.

Criteria

The applicant must be fully admitted to the MPH program, maintain full-time enrollment status, and a 3.5 GPA throughout the term of the scholarship (calculated from UG 60 or prior graduate degree).

Complete a FAFSA form with the Office of Financial Aid.

Maintain regular communication with their faculty advisor who will serve to monitor the student’s progress in the program.

The application must include:

A copy of resume or CV.

An essay as part of the Stempel Scholarship application. This typed personal statement (double-spaced, two-page maximum) should include:

The student’s practice/research interests and goals for a career in public health.

How the scholarship will help fulfill the student’s educational, personal and professional goals.

Eligible applicants are asked to complete all portions of the application.

Students who are NEW to FIU—please use the application here.: Stempel Scholarship Application

Continuing FIU students, please use the application here: https://fiu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3018

Submit complete application package to OSAA April 1.

For more information, please contact Jeanette Lopez in OSAA at jlope012@fiu.edu or 305-348-4692.

Marian Dumaine Scholarship for MSW Students

This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Marian Dumaine, former field coordinator for the School of Social Work. The award provides funding for Master of Social Work students entering the field practicum, or field internship, component of their coursework. Students must demonstrate financial need as well as a high level of commitment to the field of social work through academic achievements and community engagement. One Dumaine Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded each semester to help recipients balance the extra costs of field practicum.

Criteria

Applicants must be fully admitted into the MSW program and must be accepted into the field practicum for the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.

The application must include:

  1. Personal Essay (1000 words maximum): Describe your commitment to the field of social work, and how receiving hands-on training outside of the classroom will help you reach your professional goals.
  2. Letter of support from a social work faculty member familiar with your academic achievements. The faculty member’s letter must detail academic aptitude and participation in school, college, University and community activities.
  3. Current resume

C.V. Starr Scholarship

 

The C.V. Starr Scholarship http://www.starrfoundation.org/  assists students from Latin America and The Caribbean, who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the three major disciplines at Stempel College, with an award of up to $24,000.

The recipient is awarded a fixed stipend that may be applied toward University tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing/living expenses and travel. Students may also receive a full tuition waiver when the scholarship amount is equal to the amount required by the University Graduate School to obtain a tuition waiver for doctoral studies.
Recipients are selected competitively based on academic performance, commitment to social or public health and financial need.

Upon successful completion of the program, students who have retained the C.V. Starr Scholarship funding throughout their enrollment are referred to as “Starr Scholars.”
Criteria

Applicants must meet/fulfill these requirements:

Be from a country in Latin America or The Caribbean—or provide evidence of Latin American or Caribbean origin.

Meet the minimum admission requirements for their respective doctoral programs and have submitted a completed graduate admissions application at the time of CV Starr Scholarship application.

Award Recipients must meet/fulfill these requirements:

Must be fully admitted to a doctoral program in the Stempel College, maintain full-time enrollment status and a 3.0 GPA throughout the term of the scholarship.

Conduct research, teach or do community service activities under the direction of a faculty advisor.

Deliver a culminating project (i.e., dissertation, scholarly paper, etc.) on a topic relevant to their home country.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain necessary visas and to arrange for transportation and housing. FIU’s Office of International Student Services may be of assistance in these matters.

Recipients must re-apply for C.V. Starr Scholarship funding each academic year. Continuation of the scholarship for the selected recipient(s) will depend on his/her academic performance and other criteria indicated below.

Apply now. Complete the application here.

The application package must include:

  • The completed application form.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A pdf copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • A typed personal statement (double spaced, three-pages maximum) which includes:

A one-paragraph summary of your research accomplishments/interests and career plans.

A description of your Latin American or Caribbean heritage and your vision for research or community service activities in social or public health that will benefit your home country.

Your goals as a doctoral student and how the financial assistance of this scholarship will help you fulfill those goals.

Applications are accepted beginning November 1st until January 15th for coverage of the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the upcoming academic year.

**The award does not renew automatically. Eligible doctoral students must re-apply for C.V. Starr scholarship funding each year. **

A typed personal statement (double spaced, two-page maximum) which includes the following:

Post-acceptance requirements:

  • Confirmation of acceptance of forms.

Submit an appropriate photo. No selfies, please.

  • Provide name of faculty advisor/mentor.
  • Brief biography, notable achievements, etc.
  • Thank you note to the donor.

For more information, please contact Jeanette Lopez in OSAA at jlope012@fiu.edu or 305-348-4692.

New Funding Opportunities

Public Health Community Workers Program

Stempel College is recruiting public health students interested in community health learning opportunities in South Miami. The Public Health Community Workers Program is designed to help participants obtain competencies in community work, while developing and delivering population health activities.

Students will develop targeted population-based health activities aimed at the community’s priorities, including:

  • hypertension prevention
  • oral health
  • family planning
  • smoking cessation
  • substance abuse prevention

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in both process and outcome evaluations.

Criteria

  • Current Stempel College MPH Students
  • Students with no current source of funding

Application Deadline: Summer 2018—April 6, 2018

Program overview and requirements PDF 

To access the application, please click here.

FIU Scholarships

In keeping with its commitment to student access and success, FIU offers a wide range of scholarships to students. These opportunities are updated quite often; we recommend visiting the FIU Scholarships website at https://fiu.academicworks.com to create a scholarship profile that is specifically tailored to your interests.

The University also provides additional scholarship and financial aid information for new FIU students at http://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-information/index.html

External Funding Opportunities

In addition to the funding opportunities that are available to you through Stempel College and FIU, you also have a variety of external funding opportunities that may match perfectly with your individual interests and needs.

Many of these opportunities can be found below:

BY RACE & ETHNICITY

Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

American Indian College Fund

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program

BY AREA OF STUDY AND DISCIPLINE

Public Health

Public Health Online

Society for Public Health Education

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

Dietetics & Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Social Work

NASW Foundation Awards

Council on Social Work Education

Phi Alpha Honor Society Scholarships

CSWE Scholarships and Fellowships

NASW Consuelo Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship