Heatherington Public Health Scholarship

The Heatherington Scholars in Public Health 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.

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Eligible students will have an interest in learning how to improve lives and build healthy communities through Public Health. Heatherington Scholars are welcome but not required to major in Public Health. Participants will collaborate with one another, with faculty, and with the FamilyCare Pre-Health Director to dive deep into important issues such as disease prevention, access to care and environmental health. Award amounts will vary based on the strength of application and financial need.

To Apply

  • Apply for admission to Willamette University
  • Submit the Heatherington Scholars in Public Health application, including:
    • A response of 250 words (minimum) 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 Scholars in Public Health program 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 the Heatherington Scholars in Public Health Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadline

Early Action/Early Decision Applicants: November 19, 2023

Regular Decision Applicants: February 1, 2024


Contact the Heatherington Scholarship Advisors:

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

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

Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Claire Hoffman, Pre-Health Career Development Liaison

Willamette University

Public Health

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