Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Our scholarship, fellowship and award opportunities can provide financial support.

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Department of Rehabilitation Science Scholarships and Awards

Alfred T. Caffiero Scholarship
For many years, Al Caffiero has been one of the most prominent physical therapists in Western New York. Throughout his distinguished career, he has displayed a caring attitude, altruism, creativity, clinical insight, dedication to the profession and an inspiring degree of optimism. Consistent with his vision for the profession and his caring attitude toward students, he and his friends have established this scholarship that is awarded to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students during their last year of study at UB.

J. Warren Perry Scholarship
Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

Kathleen M. Shaffer Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship for fifth-year occupational therapy students is awarded in memory of Kathy Shaffer, a 1987 graduate of the UB occupational therapy department baccalaureate program and senior therapist at Erie County Medical Center. Shaffer’s contributions to UB included course instruction and fieldwork supervision of students. She is best remembered for her excellent clinical skills and mentoring relationships with students. Students are nominated for the award by occupational therapy faculty. A committee of faculty members, colleagues and family members select the recipient.

Stonegraber Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Eleanor C. and David P. Stonegraber, the Stonegraber Scholarship Fund supports upper division occupational and physical therapy students at UB. Mrs. Stonegraber was an occupational therapist in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and director of occupational therapy at the Rochester Psychiatric Center at the time of her retirement in 1959. Awards typically range from $500 to $2000.

School of Public Health and Health Professions Scholarships and Awards

SPHHP Awards to Promote Student Diversity

The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) offers stipends and tuition scholarships to students who have been admitted to a master's-level graduate program or the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, who will be enrolled on a full-time basis, and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the graduate or professional program in which they will be enrolled.

Stipend-enhancement awards may also be available for students applying to PhD programs.

Students who will contribute to the diversity of their program and their field based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, or first-generation status are encouraged to apply for these awards. Students who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education are especially encouraged to nominate themselves.

Students apply for a diversity award when applying for admission to the program of their choice. However, information shared in the diversity award application is not used for admission decisions. 

Max Villatoro | 2021 Recipient

Max Villatoro, SPT.

"As a first generation Hispanic student, I was extremely honored to receive the SPHHP diversity award. This award helped reduce barriers of coming from a low income family and helped me accomplish my dream of becoming a physical therapist at an excellent DPT program."

School of Public Health and Health Professions Student Diversity Fund

The goal of this fund is to reduce barriers to attending SPHHP professional programs among students from diverse backgrounds and support pathway programs.

SPHHP's learning community is enriched by differences in perspectives and background. A diverse student body, faculty and staff is instrumental in promoting cultural competence in public health and clinical practice. The school therefore is taking action to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff with respect to race, ethnicity, first in family to attend college, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, and veteran status, and to support the specific needs of international, first-generation, transfer and returning students.

The fund will provide support to students from diverse backgrounds in several categories including but not limited to tuition, stipends, conference attendance, books, and computers. The hope is that this fund will help SPHHP recruit, enroll and retain students across all departments and programs housed within the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Hamilton Wilson Student Support Fund

History of the Fund

In Spring 2018, Greer Hamilton, MSW ’16, and Danise C. Wilson, MPH ’14, launched the Hamilton Wilson Student Support Fund to promote diversity and representation within their professions and health and human service workforce. As graduates of the University at Buffalo MSW and MPH programs, they recognized the need to support Black/African American students to ensure their success during school and within their career.

Fund Overview

The Hamilton Wilson Fund provides $1,000 in support for a student who is a member of a traditionally underrepresented population (African American/Hispanic/Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian) enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs at the University at Buffalo. Preference will be given to Black/African American students. The award is meant to be used towards school-related expenses such as books, field placement, transportation and other needs awardees may have. Students may apply in any year of their program as long as they are enrolled in MPH courses in the semester during which they apply.

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Global Health

Art Goshin Global Health Field Work Award

The Office of Global Health Initiatives offers funding for UB School of Public Health and Health Professions' students interested in interacting with programs implementing public health initiatives and services in resource-poor settings. Graduate students enrolled in SPHHP programs are eligible for international awards. This international experience will be carried out under the agreement and supervision of an SPHHP faculty member.

ASCEND Triad Healthcare Recruiting Scholarship for Health Professions

The ASCEND Scholarship fund provides $9,500 in tuition for the final academic year and is available to graduate, doctoral, and professional students pursuing a degree in the following areas of study:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy

University at Buffalo Awards and Fellowships

Nationally and Regionally Competitive Scholarships and Awards

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
A limited number of scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy students. Awards are made in April and the funds can be used immediately. Applicants must:

  • Be a member of the AOTF
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in occupational therapy
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Have a record of outstanding scholastic ability
  • Complete and sign the application and submit all supporting data postmarked by Jan. 15

New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Scholarships
Awards are granted annually from the Wollman Scholarship Fund on the basis of community and professional involvement, academic excellence, personal maturity, professional promise and financial need. To qualify, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled full-time or accepted into an occupational therapy program in New York State leading to a bachelor’s or a higher degree
  • A resident of New York State
  • A NYSOTA member

Niagara Frontier District, NYSOTA (NFD/NYSOTA)
The Niagara Frontier District provides scholarship assistance to students at UB while other district associations of the NYSOTA also offer scholarships to students whose permanent residence is located within one of these other districts. Membership in NYSOTA (NFD/NYSOTA) is necessary to be considered for this scholarship.