Dependent Scholarship Program

Application Process

The deadline for applications is May 26, 2017.  Click here for the application form.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application in Microsoft Word and submit all materials via email.  The application requires a one-page essay.  Applicants should address what they intend to accomplish with their degrees and how their area of focus relates to any of the PHS categories (e.g., physician, dentist, nurse, engineer, etc.).  Find the complete list of PHS categories online here.

The scholarship program is available to all high school, undergraduate and graduate students sponsored by a member in good standing of the Commissioned Officers Association (COA).  The scholarships are funded by active and retired Public Health Service officers, local COA branches, and others.  We thank them for their generosity.


Applicants must be the spouse; biological, step, or adoptive child; or biological, step, or adoptive grandchild of a member in good standing of the COA.  Applicants must be registered students for undergraduate or graduate study at schools located in the United States.

Selection and Notification

A review committee composed of donors and COA members selects the scholarship recipients.  Winners are announced in the newsletter Frontline and posted online.

Recent Scholarship Recipients

The Foundation's Board of Trustees is proud to announce winners of the 2016 Dependent Scholarship application.  Fifteen students will split $9000 in total scholarship funds.  Click here for the press release.  Click here for the press release with recipients from 2015.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.

Dependent Scholarship

Children and spouses of COA members can apply for money to support undergraduate or graduate education. More information is available on the Scholarship page.

RADM Michael Fellowship

Established in honor of RADM Jerrold M. Michael (Ret.), this program provides PHS officers financial assistance for continuing education. More about the Fellowship.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability

The affiliated Commissioned Officers Association won the opportunity for USPHS officers to transfer education benefits to children and/or a spouse. Learn more about eligibility and the process at the GI Bill website.

History of USPHS

The Public Health Service traces its roots back to 1798 and the Marine Hospital Service.  For more than 125 years, the USPHS Commissioned Corps has been a force of skilled professionals who protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.


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