Memorial Scholarship for Oklahoma Public Health Students

The Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) is committed to enhancing educational opportunities in public health. Therefore, OPHA awards the Pam Rask Scholarship to honor the late Pam Rask, who served as President of the OPHA from 2016-2018 and dedicated more than 30 years of her life to the field of public health. She was a true public health servant and had a passion for improving the health of her fellow Oklahomans.

This one-time scholarship is awarded to a university undergraduate or graduate student, enrolled full or part-time, in a degree in a public health related field (Master of Public Health, health education and promotion, etc.) sponsored or accredited by an Oklahoma-based college or university. One student winner will be awarded the $750 scholarship and a one-year student membership in OPHA. OPHA membership is not required to apply or be eligible for the scholarship.

Spring 2024 Application Period: CLOSED

Congrats to the spring 2024 Pam Rask Scholarship winner Makayla Elliston and runner-up Carla Barrios!

Application information & instructions:

    • Please view the spring 2024 Pam Rask Scholarship announcement here.
    • Completed applications with necessary documents must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5pm CST via the following linked Google Form (copy and paste:
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Questions can be directed to the OPHA Scholarship Committee at
    • All applications are considered confidential and will become the property of OPHA.
    • Winners will be notified by email and will be recognized in OPHA media (monthly newsletter, social media, etc.) during the awards ceremony at the 2024 OPHA conference. Attendance is strongly preferred.

The following information is required of applicants.

  • Name
  • Pronouns (optional; this is why we ask)
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Contact email
  • College / university
  • Major / degree
  • GPA

The following documents are also required and must be uploaded to your application:

    • Current Enrollment Status: Documentation that the applicant is currently enrolled and has completed one-half of their coursework and should indicate full or part time status. Please name the document "YourLastName - Enrollment".
    • Current Transcript with GPA Documentation: Submit current (or most recent) transcript or a recent grade report of a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the completed course work. Please name the document "YourLastName - Transcript".
    • Letter of recommendation: From a faculty member. Letter must indicate student is in last half of their academic degree, scholastic aptitude, and how student has demonstrated contributions (or has potential to contribute) to the field of public health. Please name the document "YourLastName - LOR".
    • Personal Statement: Description of your public health experience and explanation of how your personal academic goals will benefit public health in Oklahoma (typewritten and not exceed 500 words). Please name the document "YourLastName - Personal Statement".

Past Scholarship Winners:

    • Spring 2023 – Makayla Elliston (winner) & Carla Barrios (runner-up)
    • 2023 – Mahta Afredeh & Whitney Pingleton
    • 2020 – Terence Gipson
    • 2017 – Nicole Reed & Omar Ibarra
    • 2016 – Bradley Enis, Raelina Tucker & Traci Simmons
    • 2015 – Taylor White
    • 2014 – Jade Owen & Kimberly Branham
    • 2013 – Mary Wilson 

Oklahoma Public Health Association
121 NE 52nd Street, Ste. 260
Oklahoma City, OK 73105