Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships available to all CAHS graduate students

The mission of the Albert C. Yates Fellowship Program at the University of Cincinnati is to enrich the educational environment for all graduate students by supporting the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success to graduate programs at the University of Cincinnati.

This award requires program nomination; students cannot directly apply.

Established by Timothy B. and Terri A. Hollenkamp, a speech-language pathology alumna and owner of REHAB on the Run and Rehab Resources, as well as Scott and Tina Whalen with matching funds from the University of Cincinnati Health.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and have a diverse background, based upon factors including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  Recipient(s) must have and maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.  Preference shall be given to a first-generation student. Scholarship is awarded based on program director nomination of eligible students.

Established in 2012 by an anonymous donor.  This scholarship has two categories: 1) scholarships for master’s level nutrition students and 2) scholarships for students, graduates or undergraduates from across all the disciplines offered at the college, who have completed, or will take before graduation, a course in nutrition at the college.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. 

The Graduate Incentive Scholarship is funded by the Graduate School and  covers all or part of a student’s tuition and fees. The appointing program sends scholarship offers to students who apply to the program, including information about the amount and duration of the award and the terms of the offer. Students must maintain all of the required eligibility requirements in their offer letter to maintain their tuition scholarship.

Graduate assistants (GAs) are, first and foremost, graduate students pursuing an education. The opportunity to work closely with faculty members and undergraduate students in teaching, research, or administrative environments is an integral part of that education.

Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain further expertise in their field; enhance their research skills and develop pedagogical skills; acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and performance evaluation; acquire academic administrative experience; and enjoy collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. This financial support stipend, tuition remission, and benefits' are part of the university's commitment to the success of our graduate students. Tuition remission and the stipend award cover the first year of coursework. 

Graduate assistantship (GA) recipients must register for at least 12 graduate credit hours for fall and spring semester of the year they are working. The GA will work with their advisor for 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters of the first year of coursework.

The department will award assistantships to four exemplary first year graduate student that meet the high end of the requirements to get into the program: 3.0 GPA or higher, 300 GRE, and three letters of recommendations. This student should also have research and/or teaching experience.

Established in 2016 by UC Health.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences, entering their professional program. Eligible programs are: Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) (seniors), Dietetics Coordinated Program (juniors), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) (juniors), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Audiology, Master of Social Work (MSW).  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, hold a 3.2 GPA or better and must have desire to practice in a hospital setting.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Scholarship is awarded based on program director nomination of eligible students. 

Scholarships for specific graduate programs

Scholarships for audiology students only (and PhD)

Established in 1997 by The Bahmann Foundation honoring the legacy of Laura Belle and Emma Leah Bahmann to alleviate the effects of hearing loss to help others in the future.  Provides support for Doctor of Audiology students in their 1st and 2nd years.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Students who have applied and been accepted to the Doctor of Audiology program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship. 

Established in 2018 by the Kelchner family to find and support future leaders in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with matching funds from UC Health.  This fund reflects their value of strong, principled leadership regardless of the organization.  Lisa Kelchner, PhD, has served as a CSD faculty member as well as interim department chair.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in a CSD graduate program focusing on clinical speech-language pathology (e.g. medical or educational focus) within the college.  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  As part of the application process, applicants shall provide a short description of their unique background contributed to that vision.  If there are no eligible candidates in the programs, disbursement may be deferred for one year.  Scheduled for the first award in 2020.  Application details will be sent to eligible students in the spring semester. 

Established in June 2008 by various donors in honor of Dr. Earnest Weiler, a professor emeritus, upon his death. Provides tuition assistance awards to students in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Students who have applied to and been accepted to graduate programs in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.

UC alumna Judith Marlowe, PhD, who has spent her career focusing on pediatric audiology, has established this fund in 2017 with matching funds from UC Health.  Recipients must be enrolled in the Audiology or PhD programs in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and have expressed intention to provide clinical services in pediatric audiology with a focus on early hearing identification and intervention (birth to three years).  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming diversity.  Preference will be given to students who will be applying for a post-doc fellowship in the field.  If there are no eligible candidates in the Audiology or PhD programs, disbursement may be deferred for one year.  Alternately, in the absence of eligible audiology candidates, students in the MA CSD (speech-language pathology) or PhD programs who have the same expressed intention to provide early interventions services (birth to age 3) specifically for children with hearing impairment may be considered. Faculty in the department will recommend eligible students in their 3rd and 4th year of the program. Recommended students will be invited to submit an essay describing their interest and objectives in becoming a pediatric audiologist and their professional development plan. A committee will then choose the recipient and notify them at the end of spring semester. 

Established in 2008 by Katie’s family and friends in her memory after a tragic car accident.  Katie was an alumna who earned a Bachelor of Science & Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders (speech-language pathology).  She was a single mom who exemplified determination and resilience in her pursuit of an education.  This award continues her spirit in support of others.  Provides tuition assistance to students in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. It is the donor’s preference that the scholarship be awarded each year to a single parent. If there are no single parent candidates then the department may choose a worthy candidate.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Students who have applied and been accepted into the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established January 2005 by Carole A. Donnelly, Ph.D. in honor of her deceased husband Dr. Kenneth Donnelly, a longtime faculty member in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department.  Income supports the audiology clinics and clinical education of graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the college. Students who have applied and been accepted into the Doctor of Audiology program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established in 2011 by Robert Keith, PhD and Kathleen Thornton-Keith to support audiology graduate students.  Keith spent much of his career teaching future generations of audiologists.  Their commitment to supporting students in pursuit of their educational aspirations continues today.  Supports student research that shows promise resulting in presentation (poster, platform or other forum) or publication in the peer reviewed scientific literature. Funding may include support for such things as purchase of supplies necessary for student research, payment of research subjects, travel for presentations of data to scientific meetings, attendance at training seminars or other forums to learn techniques required for conducting research, and other related purposes as deemed appropriate. Also may be used for either capstone or dissertation research, or independent study that shows promise. If funds are sufficient, it may be used to support an audiology research assistantship. Students who have applied and been accepted into the Doctor of Audiology program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Scholarships for athletic training students only

Established in 2018 by Carol Walker to honor her husband, Bill, UC’s head athletic trainer from 1975 to 2007.  Provides financial support for the professional development and scholarship support of students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Master of Science Athletic Training program presently located in the college.  Eligible students applying must be students in good standing in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, have a GPA of at least 3.5 and through their involvement in projects, beyond required class work and internship, show their commitment to career development and to the principles of the athletic training profession. Preference shall be given to final year students.  Scheduled for first award in 2019-20. Current students who meet the requirements will be sent information on how they can apply for the scholarship.

Established March 1987 by Dr. James Ellis and Mrs. Pat Ellis to provide scholarship support to students in the Athletic Training program in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Current students who meet the requirements will be sent information on how they can apply for the scholarship.

The Athletic Training program has two named scholarship funds that were established through the generosity of physicians who have been involved with the program since its inception as an apprenticeship program in 1973. The scholarships supported by these funds are typically awarded to students in the second year of the program. The awards are based on student academic performance, leadership, and contributions to the program and the profession. The amounts of the awards are the decision of the awards committees.

Scholarships for communication sciences and disorders students only (speech-language pathology and PhD)

The program has clinical stipends and scholarships that will be awarded to students based on quality of academic record and performance in the program. All admitted students are conisdered for scholarships. No second application is required.  During the second year,  paid traineeships are available during the second year.  Opportunities and application procedures will be discussed during the first year of the graduate program. 

Established February 2016 by Ronald and Rose Ferrier in honor of their daughter, Christina, who died suddenly in November 2015 while a graduate student in speech language pathology.  Provided scholarship(s) shall be awarded to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in speech language pathology with preference given to students enrolled in the online program.  Preference will be given to students who are actively engaged in meaningful volunteer activity within their community, exhibit a strong work ethic, and are committed to excellence in the pursuit of their career in speech-language pathology. Students who have applied and been accepted to the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established in 2018 by the Kelchner family to find and support future leaders in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with matching funds from UC Health.  This fund reflects their value of strong, principled leadership regardless of the organization.  Lisa Kelchner, PhD, has served as a CSD faculty member as well as interim department chair.  Recipient(s) must be enrolled in a CSD graduate program focusing on clinical speech-language pathology (e.g. medical or educational focus) within the college.  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  As part of the application process, applicants shall provide a short description of their unique background contributed to that vision.  If there are no eligible candidates in the programs, disbursement may be deferred for one year.  Scheduled for the first award in 2020.  Application details will be sent to eligible students in the spring semester. 

Established in June 2008 by various donors in honor of Dr. Earnest Weiler, a professor emeritus, upon his death. Provides tuition assistance awards to students in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Students who have applied to and been accepted to graduate programs in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established to provide scholarships for University of Cincinnati Communication Sciences & Disorders undergraduate students that matriculate into the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders (speech-language pathology) program. Eligible students who have applied and been accepted into the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established in 2008 by Katie’s family and friends in her memory after a tragic car accident.  Katie was an alumna who earned a Bachelor of Science & Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders (speech-language pathology).  She was a single mom who exemplified determination and resilience in her pursuit of an education.  This award continues her spirit in support of others.  Provides tuition assistance to students in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. It is the donor’s preference that the scholarship be awarded each year to a single parent. If there are no single parent candidates then the department may choose a worthy candidate.  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Students who have applied and been accepted into the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Scholarships for nutrition students only

For students interested in pursuing a career in sports nutrition or working with athletics, the Department of Athletics and the MS in Nutrition Program support a Graduate Assistantship where the student will work jointly with a nutrition program faculty and a faculty over in the Department of Athletics.  This GA position will have the opportunity to provide nutrition education and other programming to NCAA elite athletes from UC.  Interested students should indicate their interest in working with athletes in their personal statement and preferable have some experience working with athletes on their resume.  Students should also demonstrate academic excellence and the other criteria indicated for Graduate Assistantship awards.  This GA has the opportunity to be renewed for a second year.  

A graduate assistant (GA) is a graduate student who is given financial support, either with tuition remission and/or a stipend, for work in the graduate program in Nutrition Sciences.  A teaching assistant (TA) is a GA whose work predominately involves an instructional assignment (usually grading for a course and teaching a small section of a course) in the Department.  Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain expertise in their field and enhance their research and teaching skills.  Through their work, they acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, academic administrative experience, and enjoy collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.  Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. This financial support—stipend, tuition remission, and benefits—is part of the University’s commitment to the success of our graduate students.

The department will award assistantships to exemplary first year graduate students that meet the high end of the requirements for admission into the program: 3.0 GPA or higher, 300 GRE, 3.5 analytical writing score, and three letters of recommendations. This student should also have research and/or teaching experience. GA and TA recipients must register for at least 12 graduate credit hours for fall and spring semester of the year they are working. The GA will work with their advisor for 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.  The TA will typically work with the course instructor for the Personal Nutrition course in the fall and spring semester. 

Established in 2009 by department faculty, available funds provide tuition assistance for nutritional science students through three types of awards.  The number of scholarships available varies by year depending on available funding.  

(1) Outstanding Nutrition Undergraduate Student Scholarship Award: Recognizes exemplary undergraduate students entering their senior year for their (a) academic achievement, (b) critical thinking skills, (c) initiative and motivation, (d) professionalism, and (e) potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition. Requirements: Undergraduate student cumulative GPA ≥3.5 and no grade lower than a C in any course.  

(2) Nutritional Sciences Outstanding Service Scholarship: Recognizes outstanding undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who have provided exemplary volunteer service in any setting. Requirements: Junior or senior in nutritional sciences, GPA ≥3.3, and ≥60h of unpaid voluntary volunteer experience. Written reflection required.

(3) Outstanding Nutrition Graduate Student Scholarship Award: Recognizes exemplary second year graduate students for their (a) academic achievement, (b) critical thinking skills, (c) initiative and motivation, (d) professionalism, and (e) potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition. Requirements: GPA ≥3.75, and no grade lower than a B in any course.

Current students will be sent information on how they can apply for the scholarship, information can also be found on the blackboard home pages for undergraduate and graduate students.

Established in 2016 by an anonymous donor and the Gerber Foundation with matching funds from UC Health.  Provides tuition assistance for recipient(s) enrolled in the Bachelor of Sciences in Dietetics or the Master of Sciences in Nutrition programs. Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming diversity.  Recipient(s) must have and maintain at least a 3.2 GPA. Students eligible for this award must be engaged in clinical work or research with UC Health. Students who have applied and been accepted into these programs will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

This award recognizes an exemplary graduate student for their (a) academic achievement, (b) critical thinking skills, (c) initiative and motivation, (d) professionalism, and (e) potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition. This award is a $2000 scholarship awarded to two nutrition graduates in their second year.

Criteria 

  • Academic achievement
  • Graduate student cumulative GPA of 3.75 and no grade lower than a B in any course
  • Excellence in
    • Written communication skills
    • Critical thinking skills (analytical skills/problem solving; conceptual skills)
    • Initiative and motivation
    • Professionalism
    • Potential for leadership/success in the field of food and nutrition

Scholarships for physical therapy students only

Established in 2013 by an anonymous donor and supported by family and friends in memory of Amanda Heitkamp.  Provides tuition assistance for a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student who is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences program in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Preference will be given to a student who exhibits characteristics that Amanda Heitkamp exemplified (ie: dedication to the profession, caring, perseverance, compassion for others).  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Department faculty nominate and vote for a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy student and the recipient is notified. 

Established in 2015 by Harold M. Thomas in honor of Beth Bextermueller, retired clinical coordinator.  Provides assistance for scholarships, stipend, and/or clinical experience support (including travel for professional or clinical experience) for candidates of the Doctoral Physical Therapy program, and/or students in the undergraduate health sciences program in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Students who have applied and been accepted into these programs will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

Established July 2017 by Cathy A. Guenthner, owner of Guenthner Physical Therapy.  Provides tuition assistance for a student(s) enrolled or accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based upon factors including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  If there are no eligible students, the scholarship would be open to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.  Scheduled for the first award in 2019-20. Students who have applied and been accepted into these programs will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship

Established February 2018 by Harold M. Thomas and Eugenia S. Thomas.  Annual spendable funds are to be divided in five equal scholarships.  Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and have been accepted as a first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student.  Scholarship shall be renewable for up to 3 consecutive years provided fund availability and student eligibility. Students who have applied and been accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be notified if they are a recipient of this scholarship.  

The Pacholder Fund Scholarship is intended to provide needed financial assistance to students in the PT program. It is hoped that the funds provided will ease financial hardship sufficiently to permit academically capable students within the PT program to reach their academic and career goals. Scholarship availability is dependent on annual contributions. A faculty committee awards the scholarship based on criteria established by the Pacholder family.

Established in November 2008 by Scott D. and Tina F. Whalen and supported by many alumni.  Provides tuition assistance for a student(s) enrolled in the undergraduate health sciences program or the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (must also be a graduate of the University of Cincinnati undergraduate health sciences program).  Available funds dependent on annual contributions. Department faculty nominate and vote for the recipient of this scholarship.  

Established February 2018 by Rose L. Smith, DPT and Donald R. Smith who spent their careers in higher education and social services.  Provides tuition assistance to student(s) entering year 2 of their Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.  Recipient(s) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher upon time of application.  Preference given to athletic trainers pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  If all things are equal, demonstrated financial need can be considered.  Scholarship is renewable up to 2 consecutive years provided fund availability and student eligibility.  Scheduled for the first award in 2020 – 2021.

Scholarships for social work students only

Established in 2016 by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Jeannette C. Taylor. Provides tuition assistance for students enrolled in the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program in the School of Social work.  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based on factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  Scheduled for first award in 2020. This scholarship will be awarded based on the faculty nominations of eligible Master of Social Work students. 

Established in 2012 by Jean Sepate and Peter E. Djuric, Pharm.D.  Provides tuition assistance awards to students enrolled in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The fund will support students with a 3.0 grade point average and the desire to continue to serve as a role model in areas where the need for mentorship is greatest. Preference will be given to male African-American students enrolled in the MSW program. If there are no qualified candidates, then preference will go towards other minority students. Recipients may use the scholarship for such things as tuition, books, fees, room and/or board, and relevant costs related to the progression towards the MSW degree. Department faculty nominate eligible students in the fall semester; the scholarship committee selects the recipient and the award is made prior to spring semester.

Established by the Children's Home of Greater Cincinnati to a student in field placement at that agency. Provides for scholarships to full-time, preferably minority students admitted to the graduate School of Social Work at the College of Allied Health Sciences. The scholarship generally goes to a first-year student and is renewable for the second year. Interested students may apply at the beginning of fall semester during the field education orientation program. To be eligible, students must be selected for placement by the Children’s Home. Prior to the fall semester, Master of Social Work students will be able to apply for the placement at the Children’s Home at field orientation. A committee made up of staff from the Children’s Home and the University of Cincinnati Field Education Director will then select the recipient based on eligibility and interest.