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Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award

The Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award was established by the Department of Health Services in 2016 in an effort to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities in the field of public health. The HSEED Award is presented annually to a student in each of our eight degree programs (bachelor's, master's and doctoral). Recipients are honored for their outstanding academic merit, diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and potential for leadership in public health.

The $5,000 HSEED Award is distributed over a 9-month period. Out-of-state recipients in tuition-based graduate programs also receive a waiver of the Non-Resident Differential (NRD) portion of their tuition for the period of the award. For fee-based programs, the award is payable towards tuition via the CTI authorization process.

Eligibility Criteria

HSEED Award nominees must:

  • be a current or incoming student in the UW Department of Health Services
  • demonstrate outstanding academic merit and leadership potential in public health
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

First preference will be given to students who contribute to the diversity of the incoming class, for example who may:

  • be a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group (defined as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  • be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)
  • be a veteran
  • have a physical or mental disability
  • come from a disadvantaged economic, social, cultural or educational background
( Individual programs may require consideration of additional criteria. )


Please contact your program staff for further information about the HSEED Award, including additional eligibility criteria (as applicable) and application instructions.

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HSEED Award Impact

photo: Hiwot Bire - HIHIM

Hiwot Bire - HIHIM

Hiwot Bire is a first-year student in her second quarter of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Informatics & Health Information Management (HIHIM) program. Hiwot says, "Getting this award has helped me to focus more on my education instead of worrying about my debt. My goal is to finish my education and get certified as a RHIA. In addition, I want to support the HSEED program in the future."   read more...

See more HSEED impact stories here, and a list of past HSEED awardees here.