NEHA/AAS Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information and Application 

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Both the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) have established education in Environmental Health (EH) as one of their principal goals. NEHA and AAS believe that structured education at the undergraduate and graduate levels is important to an individual’s successful professional development in the EH field and that continuing education is a vital component in an EH professional’s continued career growth.
As a result, the NEHA Board of Directors established a scholarship fund in 1984 that began with a gift of $1000 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 program, 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 EH field.
In 1996, NEHA and AAS decided to jointly fund undergraduate and graduate EH scholarships and call them the NEHA/AAS Scholarships. Funding for the scholarships is continually obtained from donations, proceeds from association fund-raisers and NEHA/AAS budget commitments. By offering the NEHA/AAS Scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate students, NEHA and AAS hope to positively contribute to the future of Environmental Health.

Photo of college studentsCan I apply for the NEHA/AAS Scholarship?

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university, with a dedicated and recognized curriculum in EH sciences, are eligible to apply for the NEHA/AAS Scholarship.  The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage early commitment by students to pursue a career in EH. Therefore, preference is given to applicants who indicate that they intend to work as Sanitarians/Environmental Health professionals and not in related fields.

The undergraduate scholarship is to be used toward the tuition and fees associated with either the junior or senior year of college studies. The graduate scholarship is to be used toward tuition and fees associated with graduate studies. All applicants must have at least one semester, of coursework, remaining to be eligible for this scholarship. 

How much money should I expect?

There will be two undergraduate scholarships awarded for $2,250 each, and one graduate scholarship awarded for $2,500.

How do I apply?

Applicants must: (1) complete the online application form below; (2) provide an official academic transcript from the school in which the applicant is currently enrolled; (3) submit one faculty letter of recommendation from the school in which the applicant is currently enrolled; and (4) submit one letter of recommendation from an active NEHA member. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applicants must have both recommendation letters ready to be uploaded during the online application process. Official transcripts can be sent to NEHA Scholarship Liaison, Jonna Ashley, either by email directly from the college or university ( or by mail in a sealed envelope.

Jonna Ashley
Scholarship Liaison
National Environmental Health Association
720 S. Colorado Blvd,  Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO 80246

What are the key dates?

The application period runs from October to March. The 2020 scholarship application is now closed.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Jonna Ashley, NEHA Scholarship Liaison:, (303) 756-9090 x336.