Funding Your Education

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 Jeanette Lopez (jlope012@fiu.edu) or Magnolia Hernandez (mehernan@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: If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, please reach out to your academic unit to inquire about availability.

Fellowships

Funding Opportunities for International Students

The following links provide resources specific to international students:

Financial Resources- Office of International Student & Scholar Services

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)

Florida Linkage Institutes

Latin American & Caribbean Graduate Fellowship

World Health Organization Pan American Sanitary Bureau Regional Office

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc.

US Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building

Fulbright Program Placement and Special Services Division Institute of International Education

Organization of American States Department of Fellowships and Training

Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities

National Association for Foreign Student Affairs

Ford Foundation

Kellogg-International Fellowship

AAUW Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants

Rockefeller Foundation

World Learning

Funding Opportunities for Online Students

Things to Know About Financial Aid in Online Degree Programs

Scholarships for online learners

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.

Robert Walker Scholarship for MPH Students

 

The AIDS Help of Monroe County, Inc. (AHI) award is for Stempel College students who are enrolled full time in the Master of Public Health and who are interested in engaging in an AHI internship or practicum for one semester. The duties and responsibilities linked to the internship or practicum may be fulfilled remotely. The awardee must have access to technology (i.e., skype, etc) to meet and communicate regularly with the AHI project director.

The object, general purpose and nature of AIDS Help of Monroe County, Inc. (AHI) is to establish and maintain in Monroe County, Florida, a nonprofit HIV/AIDS agency that will provide case managed healthcare, food programs, counseling, housing, clinical, and other supportive and volunteer services; increase affordable housing by acquiring, developing, and maintaining low income housing for persons in need; and conduct health education and linkage to care. 

AHI is a public health agency that practices within FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work’s core concentration areas: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Health Policy and Management; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; and Environmental Health Sciences. AHI is looking for an intern who embodies the agency’s core values of honesty, compassion, teamwork, sense of humor, empowerment, diversity, integrity, and fairness. We are most intrigued by a student who is interested in our line of work. This intern would be helpful in moving our agency forward through the many processes of development that are necessary in sustainability.

This internship project would be based upon the following key responsibilities:

  • HIV/AIDS Intensive Case Management Program services development and evaluation
  • Prevention and Outreach management, specifically through social media
  • Researching potential funding sources to better offset the loss of PAC Medicaid Waiver income

Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • MPH student enrolled full time and in good standing
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Strongly preferred concentrations: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention or Health Policy and Management
  • May apply as an intern or to fulfill MPH practicum requirements. For the latter, the student must be in touch with the Stempel College MPH Practicum Coordinator, Ms. Florence Greer  

The deadline for the fall award will be in May. The deadline for the spring award will be in September.

Additional requirements and application materials can be accessed by visiting the FIU Academicworks Scholarships page

 

Stempel Travel Award

The Stempel 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 6 Stempel Travel Awards in the amount of $750 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.

Application deadline for the fall awards is in September. The deadline for the spring awards is in January. For additional requirements and application materials, please visit the FIU Academicworks Scholarships website.  The application portal for fall will reopen in August 2018.

 

Auslander Scholarship for Dietetics and Nutrition-Coming soon!

Stempel Research Award for Newly Admitted Master's Students

The Stempel Research scholarship provides new master’s students with the opportunity to engage in a research project with a Stempel faculty member. Students will receive hands-on research experience working alongside a faculty member on a pre-determined topic or project for two consecutive semesters.

The recipient receives a one-time, non-renewable fixed scholarship which may be applied towards University tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing/living expenses and travel. The recipient will be selected based on specific criteria. Continuation of support from one semester to the next will be based on the student’s academic and research progress each semester. This is a one-time award, provided to the recipient in the first year of study in a master’s program.

Criteria
Applicants must:
• Be a new/entering student
• Motivated to work on a research project with a faculty member
• Meet the minimum admission requirements for their respective master’s program and must have been fully admitted into the program at the time of Stempel Scholarship application.
• Have a minimum of a 3.5 undergraduate (UG 60) GPA.
• Submit an essay, current resume, and recommendation form
• Meet the qualifications for the identified project
• Submit the endorsement/approval from project leader (faculty)

Additional information about the award and the application process can be found by clicking here .

The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

You may also contact Jeanette Lopez at the Stempel College Office of Student and Alumni Affairs 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

The Application deadline for the fall awards is in June. The deadline for the spring awards is in November. For additional requirements and application materials, please visit the FIU Academicworks Scholarships website.  The application portal for fall is now open. The deadline to apply is June 27, 2018.

 

 

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.

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.

Click here to access the online application.

**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.

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:

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

Public Health Online

Society for Public Health Education

Funding opportunities for MPH students

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

ASPPH Scholarship and Funding Information

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

NASW Foundation Awards

Phi Alpha Honor Society Scholarships

CSWE Scholarships and Fellowships

NASW Consuelo Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship

CSWE – Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

Online Scholarships Database for all students

American Federation for Aging Research Scholarship for PhD Students

AEL Collegiate Essay Contest