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 Emerging MCH Graduate Student Scholarship

Presented by: Realityworks and Go Beyond MCH

In 2012, Realityworks and Go Beyond created the Emerging MCH Leadership Scholarship to provide financial help to dedicated and promising maternal and child health (MCH) professionals. Given through AMCHP, the scholarship supports graduate students earning degrees in MCH.

Realityworks is committed to reducing unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, improving child health, and reducing child abuse through the integration of the company’s line of infant simulators and demonstrators into MCH programs.

Go Beyond provides innovative information management solutions for MCH organizations and family health programs that improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

AMCHP members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors overseeing Title V, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and/or Children and Youth with Special Heath Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community-based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.

AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on behalf of members in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Since 2012, AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a graduate student scholarship. Scholarship funds are designed to assist graduate students in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH.

The purpose of the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship is to:

  • Provide a leadership development opportunity for emerging MCH leaders
  • Open opportunities to network with MCH professionals and families nationally
  • Establish a forum to learn about emerging and national MCH issues related to women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs
  • Support the educational development of graduate students by providing funds for education-related expenses
  • Develop advocates for Title V and MCH programs.

There are two parts to the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship, totaling $2,500. First, the scholarship will provide up to $1,500 for educational expenses. Second, the scholarship will provide funds, up to $1,000, to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference. The $1,000 will cover conference registration, travel, hotel and per diem costs.  Some costs will be covered ahead of time; others will be paid out of pocket and reimbursed after the conference. Scholarship recipients will receive instructions related to both parts of the scholarship.  Scholars selected in fall 2013 would receive funds to support the current year of study and attendance at the 2014 conference, to be held January 25-28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

ELIGIBILIY CRITERIA

  • First time attendee at the AMCHP Annual Conference
    NOTE: If you have previously attended the AMCHP Annual Conference you are not eligible to apply
  • Graduate degree candidate in last year of program (master or doctoral level) with a strong MCH focus
  • Preference given to those that have interned, worked or volunteered in a Title V or Title V-funded program
  • Has minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Can attend at least three days of the conference
  • Two reference forms, one which must be from a Title V-related staff person and another from an academic representative. Refer to the reference form for details
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

There are three components to the application process. The first and second components are due by Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST. The third item will be requested of the scholarship recipient by AMCHP staff at a later date.

 1)    Applicants for the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship must submit the following materials in one email:

  • A completed application
  • A copy of graduate school transcript(s)
  • A personal statement that addresses the questions listed under the section titled Application Questions  (a maximum of 150 words per question)
  • A resume outlining academic, leadership, extracurricular, community and/or work involvement

2) Two reference forms must be submitted directly to AMCHP on the student’s behalf:

  • One form must be completed by a professional associated with MCH, CYSHCN or Title V programs
  • One form must be completed by an academic professional associated with the academic institution that the applicant attends.

3) If selected as the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship recipient, submit a picture for inclusion in AMCHP publications.

DEADLINE

Currently the call for applications has closed.