The Roybal Foundation
Scholarship Name: The Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation Public Health Scholarship Program
Description: The Roybal Foundation, named for Latino politician Edward R. Roybal and his wife Lucille offers scholarships each year to Latino students who have desire to give back to low-income Latino communities through public health initiatives. Students are chosen based on their interest in the public health professions (namely optometry, nursing, and pharmacy) and their commitment to community service. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify for the award, and demonstrate financial need. The Roybal Foundation places particular emphasis on helping students with limited access to financial resources gain degrees and advanced degrees in health, so those students without many other outside scholarships and a significant financial need will be a good fit for this scholarship.
Award: $2,500 (Undergraduate) and $5,000 (Graduate)
Awards per year: Varies
Award is Open to: Undergraduate Students (Juniors and Seniors), Graduate Students
Major/Field of Study: Optometry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health
How to Apply/Contact: Please visit the Roybal Foundation website for more information about the Public Health Scholarship. You may download the application from the site, but you must submit a hard copy directly to the Foundation. (Note 1/25/13 – Website was down)
See Also: Scholarships for Latino and Hispanic Students, Nursing Scholarships
California Parks and Recreation Society
Scholarship Name: Aging Services and Activities Student Scholarships
Description: As an incentive for students in California to pursue careers related to services for the aging, California Parks and Recreation Society offers both undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students attending college or university in the state of California. This scholarship is designed for students who are studying either gerontology or recreation and leisure studies, but is also appropriate for students who are working toward another human service degree, with an emphasis in services for the aging. But just studying isn’t enough to qualify for this scholarship. CPRS requires two letters of reference within the field of gerontology or recreation and leisure, which should come from either a professor or an internship/volunteer supervisor. Volunteer and work experience are a must for this scholarship.
Awards per year: Varies
Award is Open to: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
Major/Field of Study: Gerontology, Recreation and Leisure Studies
How to Apply/Contact: You may download a copy of the application and all of the appropriate supplemental forms (references, etc) from the California Parks and Recreation Society website. The Aging Services and Activities Division also sends scholarship packets directly to the financial aid offices of California colleges and universities, so you can check yours to pick up a hard copy.
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