Scholarships - MOPHA - Missouri Public Health Association

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Missouri Public Health Association Awards


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MPHA Foundation Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Missouri Public Health Association Education Foundation scholarships.

Established in 1995, the Education Foundation receives funds that promote a higher awareness and knowledge of public health, to educate public health professionals, community leaders, and communities about public health issues, and to honor Missouri public health leaders by awarding scholarships in their name. In addition to giving scholarships, the Foundation supports awards to public health  professionals and students, as well as educational programs to promote quality public health for Missouri.

Applicants may apply an unlimited number of times for each of our scholarships providing they qualify under the established requirements and have not been a previous recipient.

Contained in this brochure you’ll find the following information:
          * Description of each of the scholarships
          * Scholarship Application Form
          * Reference Forms

To qualify for consideration mail your completed application, required documents, and reference forms to Missouri Public Health Association, PO Box 126, Jefferson City MO 65102 or email them to sboeckman@mopha.org. Must be postmarked by September 1st.

We look forward to receiving your completed application. Applicants will only be notified if they have been selected to receive a scholarship. The awards are made at the annual MPHA meeting in September.

If you have questions regarding the scholarship(s), please call the MPHA office at 573-634-7977.

— MPHA Education Foundation Committee



Edna Dell Weinel Scholarship

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity."

Health, as defined above by the World Health Organization, should be the goal of every public health worker. Edna Dell Weinel believes in the team approach to public health. Working as a team we can accomplish more for the advancement of public health. Team members, to be effective, must be life long learners, continually improving their level of knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

The Edna Dell Weinel Scholarship provides the opportunity for practicing public health professionals to participate in this lifelong learning process. This scholarship, the value of which is dependent upon the request and need of the applicant(s), not to exceed $750, is available for public health workers to develop in their profession through educational meetings, professional credentialing, seminars or through traditional academic course work.

Applications will be considered for seminars, continued education meetings, conventions, college classes, professional credentialing etc., with priority given to continued education programs, not to exceed $750.

Applicants may apply an unlimited number of times providing he/she qualifies under the established criteria and has not been a previous recipient.

The scholarship is awarded at the MPHA Annual Meeting, usually held in the Fall.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current MPHA member in good standing (dues paid).
  • Must reside or work in Missouri.
  • Must have a planned continued education program or be working on a degree in a public health related field to enrich or further their career.
  • Demonstrated need for the financial assistance the scholarship offers.

Requirements for Application:

Applicant must submit the following items with the completed scholarship application.

  • Confirmation of enrollment as a undergraduate or graduate student if planning to use scholarship toward degree work.
  • Official transcript(s) of grades if planning to use scholarship for college/university work.
  • One reference from an immediate or recent supervisor and one personal reference. Reference forms are provided in the application.

Edna Dell Weinel Online Scholarship Application 

Scholarship Application (PDF)


Jackie Liesemeyer Nursing Scholarship

Jackie Liesemeyer was a Community Health Nurse who worked for more than 20 years in various positions in the Central District Office of the Missouri Department of Health. Jackie's spirit of independence and self-reliance was reflected in her approach to her clients, individuals, program representatives and local health units. She provided the information, support and encouragement that fostered growth and the ability to do for oneself all that was possible in the spirit of community health nursing. Jackie is honored with a $750 nursing scholarship in her name that will enable others to enhance public health in Missouri.

Applicant must explain how the scholarship would be used and why they are working in the field of public health nursing.

Applicants may apply an unlimited number of times providing he/she qualifies under the established criteria and has not been a previous recipient.

One scholarship is awarded at the MPHA Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a registered nurse
  • Must be a current MPHA member in good standing (dues paid).
  • Working on a degree in public health related field (examples include BSN, BS, BA, MSN, MPH etc.) to enrich or further their career in either undergraduate or graduate program as outlined below:

Undergraduate. Applicant must already be enrolled in a college/university program and satisfactorily completed at least 15 credit hours.

Graduate: Applicant must already be enrolled in a college/university program and satisfactorily completed at least 6 credit hours.

Requirements for Application:

Applicant must submit the following items with the completed scholarship application.

  • Confirmation of enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university program.
  • Official transcript(s) of grades.
  • One reference from an immediate or recent supervisor and one personal reference. Reference forms are provided in the application packet.

Jackie Liesemey Nursing Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application (PDF)


Health Professional Scholarship

The $750 Health Professional Scholarship is available for a MPHA member who is working on an undergraduate or graduate degree in a public health related field which will further their career. Examples of fields of study include: administration, epidemiology, health education, nursing, health promotion, etc.

Applicant must explain how the scholarship will be used and state their commitment to continue to work in public health in Missouri after completing the public health related degree.

Applicants may apply an unlimited number of times providing they qualify under the established requirements and have not been a previous recipient.

The scholarship is awarded at the MPHA Annual Meeting, usually held in the Fall.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current MPHA member in good standing (dues paid).
  • Enrollment as a degree candidate or student in a college/university program which meets the following criteria:

Undergraduate. Applicant must already be enrolled in a college/university program and satisfactorily completed at least 30 credit hours.

Graduate: Applicant must already be enrolled in a college/university program and satisfactorily completed at least 12 credit hours.

Requirements for Application:

Applicant must submit the following items with the completed scholarship application.

  • Confirmation of enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university program.
  • Official transcript(s) of grades.
  • At least one professional reference on the form provided in the application packet. 

Health Professional Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application (PDF)



Leuthen – Brunner Local Public Health Agency Scholarship Grant

Leuthen – Brunner Local Public Health Agency scholarship grant honors Ron Leuthen and Phil Brunner, former MPHA members who worked tirelessly to advance local public health in Missouri.  This award is designed to assist local public health agencies towards voluntary accreditation through Missouri Institute for Community Health or National Public Health Accreditation Board. Application will be considered for educational meetings, seminars, continuing education, specific certifications or testing, and traditional academic course work in areas of Performance, Infrastructure or Workforce Standards.

This is a one-time grant for local public health agencies. The scholarship will be awarded at the MPHA Annual Meeting, usually held in the Fall.  The grant may be divided among multiple applicants up to a total of $750.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Administrator or local public health agency must be a current MPHA member in good standing (dues paid).
  • Applicant must indicate how seminar, continuing education, certification, test or course work will assist local public health agency towards voluntary accreditation of Missouri Institute for Community Health or National Public Health Accreditation Board through specific Performance, Infrastructure or Workforce Standards.
  • Demonstrated need for the financial assistance the scholarship offers.

Requirements for Application:

Applicant must submit the following items with the completed scholarship application:

  • One reference from local board of health or county commission. (Reference forms are provided in the application.)
  • Description of educational meeting, seminar, continuing education, specific certification, tests or course work and how it falls within guidelines of MICH or PHAB accreditation. Budget of expenses must be included.
  • Submit a final report of how grant facilitated accreditation goals, status of accreditation process and total expense accounting to MPHA Foundation Board within two weeks of next annual meeting. 

Leuthen - Brunner Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application (PDF)



If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please call the MPHA office at 573/634-7977.