Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Fund

(formerly known as the Leadership Challenge)

Engaging the next generation of public health leaders


"The APHA Annual Meeting was nothing less than amazing."
— Katreena Mitchell, scholarship recipient

"I was challenged, inspired and validated."
— Joanna Tess, scholarship recipient

Smiling students and mentorsAt APHA, building meaningful partnerships toward better health is a top priority. Today, we actively partner with a wide variety of groups and organizations, from fellow public health advocates to private-sector retailers to state and local government agencies. But when it comes to ensuring a resilient public health workforce for decades to come, there is no more important partnership than the one we forge with public health students and young professionals. 

That’s what the APHA Leadership Challenge is all about. Launched in 2011, the Challenge raises scholarship funds that enable public health students to attend the APHA Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of public health professionals. All students attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which help cover meeting registration and travel expenses. And thanks to the contributions of APHA leaders, your Challenge donation will be generously matched. That means a $10 donation becomes $20, a $50 donation becomes $100, and a $100 donation becomes $200. In fact, APHA leaders have now committed $20,000 in matching funds.

Since 2011, the Leadership Challenge has awarded more than 120 student scholarships. These scholarships offer students a chance to learn the latest public health science and practice, connect with seasoned professionals, meet new mentors and, hopefully, find a lifelong home within the APHA community. 

Join us in supporting the next generation of public health leaders — donate today!

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS

Help public health students attend the APHA Annual Meeting (Public Health Newswire)

Leadership Challenge gives student members networking opportunities (The Nation's Health)

Scholarship allows students to attend APHA Annual Meeting (The Nation's Health)

Students receive scholarships to attend Annual Meeting (The Nation's Health)

APHA would like to thank the generous matching contributions of Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH, (Leadership Challenge founder), Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, and Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA. We’d also like to thank the APHA Student Assembly for its help and guidance.