Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship

The Elliott C. Roberts Health Care Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship opportunity, awarded to a single recipient.

Applications for the 2016 Scholarship Program are now CLOSED! Application for the 2017 Scholarship Program will be posted on this site on Oct. 01, 2016.

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The Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship recognizes graduate student leaders who represent ethnically diverse cultural backgrounds and is named in honor of Elliott C. Roberts, Sr., one of the nation's leading public hospital administrators.  Elliott C. Roberts, Sr. holds a MBA/HA degree from George Washington University and has served as an executive with a number of hospitals for over 30 years. 

In July of 1994, he completed 14 years as CEO of Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Commissioner of Hospitals and Executive Director of Detroit General Hospital, Executive Director of Harlem Hospital, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, Executive Director of Mercy Douglass Hospital in Philadelphia, Assistant Superintendent-Crownsville State Mental Hospital in Maryland, and Assistant Administrator of Provident Hospital in Baltimore.  Although he retired as a full professor from LSU Medical School in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and from Xavier University College of Pharmacy, Mr. Roberts continues to teach management and health policy at both universities. 

To learn more about Mr. Roberts, please read this interview, conducted Feb. 3, 2011, by Emily Friedman, sponsored by the Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History and Health Research & Educational Trust. You can read the interview here.

Eligibility Criteria

The Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship is available to first and second year graduate students who are pursuing degrees in healthcare administration or comparable degree program (i.e., MBA, MPH, MHA, MPA, MSN or BSN).

Individuals must demonstrate financial need, a commitment to community service and excel academically (minimum 3.0 GPA). Candidates for this Scholarship Program must have proof of US citizenship.

Application Instructions

Download a copy of the Scholarship Application here. The Application includes all necessary instructions for applying for this scholarship.


Please do not hesitate to contact Chris O. Biddle, Membership & Education Specialist, at cbiddle@aha.org or (312) 422-2658 if you have any additional questions.

Please Note: All accepted applications for all available scholarships are processed and considered equally for scholarship award. Application for the scholarship does not guarantee award. The Institute for Diversity is under no obligation to quantify the scholarship award criteria beyond the language present on this website.