Heatherington Public Health Scholarship

The Heatherington Scholars Program provides incoming first-year and transfer students with scholarships and academic support activities to equip them to succeed as future public health scholars and leaders.


The program values students from backgrounds and communities currently underrepresented in higher education and underserved by the public health sector. The need-based Heatherington Public Health Scholarship seeks to advance students of color, first-generation college students, and those who come from low-income and migrant households, with the goal of diversifying the public health workforce.

Heatherington Scholars are awarded $11,500 annually and will collaborate with one another, with faculty, and Public Health, Ethics, Advocacy, and Leadership (PHEAL) club members to plan and implement public health-related co-curricular activities for fellow students and the wider Willamette community.

Scholarship recipients are required to declare a major or minor in public health in order to ensure ongoing and valuable participation in the Public Health Program.

To Apply:

  • Apply for admission to Willamette University
  • Submit the Heatherington Public Health Scholarship application, including:
    • A response of 250 words (maximum) to the following:
      • How and when did you become interested in public health? For example, some students first discover a love for public health through their involvement in other areas, such as community wellbeing, public safety or environmental health.
      • Please tell us about one or more ways in which you have been, or hope to be, engaged in public or community health.
  • Finalists will be invited to interview with the program directors.

About Jeff Heatherington

Thanks to a $6 million endowed gift from FamilyCare Health and the Heatherington Foundation, we’re taking Willamette’s Public Health Program to the next level with scholarships, internships, and more.

The Heatherington Public Health Scholarship honors Willamette alumnus Jeff Heatherington L.H.D. ‘65, President of FamilyCare Health and the Heatherington Foundation, in recognition of Jeff’s extraordinary commitment to public health and to public health education. Jeff’s leadership in healthcare and business reflects a career imbued with values he honed at Willamette. 

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How to Apply

Please review all instructions on this page before proceeding with the application.

Apply for a Heatherington Public Health Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadline

February 1, 2023


Sammy Basu, Professor of History, Humanities, and Public Health

Joyce Millen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, African Studies and Public Health

Willamette University

Public Health

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