Merit Scholarships

When you submit your completed application by January 5, you will be considered for one of Rollins’ merit scholarships. In general, merit scholars typically receive 40-to-100 percent of tuition, plus an opportunity for a Rollins Earn and Learn award.

All prospective full-time students (including international students) are eligible for merit awards—ranging from full to partial tuition scholarships. Awards are competitive (about 45 are given out each year), so if you don’t receive a merit award, more scholarship opportunities are still available.

Entering EMPH students are considered part-time status, and will be considered for separate merit-based awards within their own programs with awards ranging between $4,000 and $6,000.

How We Choose Our Scholars 

Students do not apply for specific merit scholarships. Instead, department admissions committees nominate applicants who apply by the priority deadline (January 5). Part-time students (with an exception of EMPH students) and courtesy scholarship recipients are ineligible for merit scholarships. If you are a merit scholarship finalist, we will notify you by early March. 

Scholars in Action 

All selected merit scholar recipients are included in the Rollins School of Public Health Public Health Academy “Scholars in Action” program. Scholars in Action members connect with scholars across disciplines as well as with faculty and senior administrators. Members contribute to the professional education of the Rollins community, relate academic experiences to the resolution of contemporary public health issues, and discuss public health issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Activities may include but are not limited to educational events for the Rollins community, a book club discussion with deans and other scholars, poster presentations, journal club discussions, coordination of service activities, and other relevant projects.


Established in 2015 to celebrate Dean James W. Curran’s twentieth anniversary as dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, the James W. Curran Scholarships are awarded to the school’s most outstanding applicants. Equal to the most prestigious scholarships available to public health students, James W. Curran Scholarships include full tuition, a $5,000 stipend, an $10,000 Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Award and a $2,000 Practicum Award. Recipients join a larger community of Rollins scholarship recipients. These scholars participate in events that bring leaders together for networking, community building, and personal development. Curran Scholars have the opportunity to meet individually with Dean Curran during their years at Rollins.

This scholarship is the highest achievement and is awarded to four students annually. It covers full tuition and fees toward an MPH or MSPH degree plus a $5,000 stipend and $10,000 REAL Award.

The Eugene J. and Rose S. Gangarosa Scholarship Fund for Global Safe WASH provides scholarship support for incoming students of Rollins School of Public Health with a demonstrated interest in safe water, sanitation and hygiene, or students pursuing the Certificate in Global Safe WASH.

The Nalini and Ravi Saligram Scholarship provides financial support for doctoral or masters students with a preference for students with a demonstrated interest in diabetes prevention research in India.

The Martorell scholarship fund supports outstanding Hispanic students who want to study public health at Rollins. The award includes a tuition scholarship which may range from 25% to 50% as well as a $10,000 REAL award, all of which is distributed over two years.

Dr. Reynaldo Martorell, who joined the school as Robert W. Woodruff Professor of International Nutrition in 1993, served 12 years as department chair until 2009. Dr. Martorell is a key collaborator on a landmark longitudinal study in Guatemala to assess how childhood nutrition affects health and quality of life in adulthood. He also leads studies to examine the effects of the 1959 to 1961 famine in China on adult health and to analyze maternal nutrition intervention programs in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and India.

This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding MPH or MSPH applicant.

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding MPH or MSPH applicant. Preference may be given to students pursuing careers in safe water and sanitation.

This award is offered to applicants who have demonstrated leadership and ongoing commitment to service through their participation in the U.S. Peace Corps. All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who indicate their service on the SOPHAS application are considered for the PCF, as long as they meet the priority deadline of January 5th.

This scholarship is awarded to an MPH or MSPH student on the basis of outstanding promise.

The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship provides financial support to Executive MPH candidates whose professions focus on providing public health services in rural communities throughout the Southeast.

Established by Robert J. Freeman to honor his aunt (who cared deeply about the environment, education and children), the Sallie B. Lee Scholarship provides support for an outstanding student to pursue an MPH or MSPH degree.

This scholarship is awarded to a promising MPH or MSPH student whose studies and career will result in the improvement of the quality of life among the populations in developing parts of the world.

This scholarship is awarded to a promising MPH or MSPH student with exceptional credentials.

This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Dr. Charles Shepard, a distinguished scientist and early, enthusiastic supporter of the MPH program at Emory. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding applicant to the Department of Epidemiology.

This fund provides scholarship support to our most outstanding MPH and MSPH students.

This scholarship is awarded to an MPH or MSPH student on the basis of outstanding promise,with preference given to a student who plans to spend his or her career in public service.

This scholarship is awarded to an MPH or MSPH student on the basis of outstanding promise, with preference given to those with a demonstrated interest in women's and children's health.

Contact Us 

If you are a prospective applicant, current applicant, or admitted student and have general scholarship questions, contact the Office of Admissions at or 404-727-3956.

If you are a finalist for a merit scholarship and have questions, please contact Brittney Romanson, Director of Student Life at or 404-712-0672.

If you are a merit award recipient and need info about award disbursement or financial aid, please contact Prudence Goss, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services at or 404-727-3956.

For financial aid, FAFSA, or direct loan questions, please contact Emory University’s Office of Financial Aid at or 404-727-6039.