Two Ways You Can Support the NEHA/AAS Scholarship

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NEHA/AAS Scholarship History

For the past 35 years, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has offered scholarships to students studying environmental health. In 1996, NEHA and American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) decided to jointly fund undergraduate and graduate scholarships and call them the NEHA/AAS Scholarships. To mark the opening of the 2020 NEHA/AAS Scholarship Application period, NEHA would like to highlight the important history of this scholarship and recommend two ways for members and supporters to get involved.

Back in 1984, the NEHA Board of Directors established a scholarship fund that began with a gift of $1,000 from Dr. A. Harry Bliss, a NEHA Past-President, and personal donations from NEHA Board Members. Because of their strong belief in scholarship programs, AAS also made a financial donation to the NEHA grogram, allowing NEHA to increase the number of undergraduate scholarships awarded. As the program grew, NEHA offered scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in the field of environmental health.

In previous years, students who demonstrated the highest levels of achievement in their respective environmental health degree programs were awarded money to pay for tuition and other fees association with their education directly from this fund. The students selected show exemplary commitment and passion for their studies and indicate an intent to work as Sanitarians or Environmental Health professionals. Funding for the scholarships is continually obtained from donations, proceeds from association fundraisers and NEHA/AAS budget commitments. By offering the scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate students, NEHA and AAS hope to positively contribute to the future of the environmental health profession.

How Can You Help?

By contributing to the NEHA/AAS Scholarship Fund, your donation empowers NEHA and AAS to continue to award this scholarship to exceptional students. NEHA relies on the generosity of our members and supporters to endorse the next generation of environmental health professionals and help advance the profession. Every dollar makes a difference!

Support NEHA/AAS Scholarship Fund

Apply Now for the 2020 NEHA/AAS Scholarship

NEHA is now accepting student applications for the 2020 NEHA/AAS Scholarship. Undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited college or university with a recognized curriculum in environmental health sciences are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2020.


Questions? Please contact Jonna Ashley, NEHA Scholarship Liaison, via e-mail at


Read about the 2019 NEHA/AAS Scholarship recipients.


Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019