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Healthcare Scholarship: Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Overview of the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship, awarded to two undergraduate or graduate-level students each year. The full name of the prize is the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations. As the name suggests, the Scholarship was created in response to the disproportionate use of tobacco within certain demographic groups. “Priority populations” include anyone disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, including low-income communities, U.S. racial/ethnic minorities, the LGBT community and other groups.

The scholarship funding may be used towards the cost of tuition or other study-related expenses, including books and related living expenses during the period of enrollment.

Anyone studying public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts or a related field, at an accredited institution of higher learning within the United States, may apply for the award. The application deadline for the award was April 30th in 2014. The timetable and specific application criteria may vary slightly from year to year. Award recipients are notified by June 27th.

In order to apply for the scholarship, you must complete and submit an application that demonstrates your commitment to the anti-tobacco cause and to community education efforts. Specifically, a winning candidate will demonstrate a record of commitment to community service on behalf of an underserved community. Preferably, this community service will espouse tobacco prevention or control, though any form of community service work may be considered. Ideally, the winning applicant will also creatively use the visual arts, the media, creative writing or other formats for conveying an anti-tobacco health message within a targeted community.

The scholarship is both merit- and need-based. Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate their financial need for funding. All applicants must also have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 throughout the previous academic year. In addition to the application form itself, applicants must submit a sample of health communication materials they have created. These may include essays, flyers, murals, recordings or other media. Bear in mind that original materials cannot be returned to the applicant. They must also write a 500-word personal statement, describing their career aspirations, as they relate to the candidate’s interest in tobacco control. Finally, each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation along with the application. These may come from faculty members, guidance counselors, adult mentors or other advisors or relevant community leaders.

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