Awards & Scholarships

SOPHE confers awards to faculty, practitioners, students and chapters in more than 15 categories. Awards applications are generally open from September to November and awards are conferred at the SOPHE Annual meeting in the spring. Read below to find out the details for each type of award, requirements, and upcoming deadlines.

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Student Awards

SOPHE offers a variety of award opportunities for graduate and undergraduate student members. Click here to see student awards and application details.

Professional and Group Awards

Honorary Fellow Award. This is SOPHE's highest form of recognition for a NON-SOPHE member. This award recognizes a person who has made exemplary and lasting contributions to the field of health education and public health. (The recipient of this award is selected by the SOPHE Executive Committee.)

SOPHE Trophy. This award is given by the President to honor a SOPHE member who has devoted substantial service to the Society. (The recipient of this award is selected by the SOPHE President.)

Distinguished Fellow Award. This is SOPHE's highest form of recognition for a SOPHE member. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and the profession of health education.
Applications are closed.

Karen Denard Goldman Mentor Award This award recognizes individuals who have provided excellence in mentorship to health educators in their preparation, performance, and practice; and have served to successfully bridge the rift between practice and research.
Applications are closed.

Dorothy Nyswander Open Society Award.
This award is given each year to recognize an individual or group who embodies and promotes an Open Society, through research, practice, and/or teaching.
Applications are closed.

The Horizon Award. This award recognizes early career health educators who have distinguished themselves as promising health educators through leadership, creativity, involvement in the profession, and health education practice in their setting.
Applications are closed.

Program Excellence Award. This award recognizes outstanding health education programs (not agencies) in existence for at least three years.
Applications are closed.

The Technology Award.
This award recognizes individuals or groups who have distinguished themselves by applying innovative, non-commercial technology in health education that can be broadly disseminated and has the potential to make a significant impact in health education practice.
Applications are closed.

Chapter Award for Excellence.
This award seeks to recognize and publicize creative, effective and replicable methods implemented by SOPHE chapters to deliver one or more core member services. The innovation must be designed for effective delivery of one or more chapter core services.
Applications are closed.

Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award. This annual award is presented to authors of a paper published in Health Education & Behavior (HEB) during the past year that has made a significant contribution to the health behavior and health education literature. Past honorees have advanced theoretical foundations of health behavior, utilized innovative quantitative or qualitative methodologies, or have conducted programs and evaluations that strengthen the scientific evidence base for social and behavioral change. The award of $1000 is selected by the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board of Health Education & Behavior.)

Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award. The Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award recognizes authors whose peer-reviewed article in Health Promotion Practice has made significant contributions to advancing the practice of health education and health promotion programs, policy, or professional preparation. (The $1,000 award is selected by the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board of Health Promotion Practice.)