NCHEC Launches the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship Opportunity for Students Seeking CHES® Credential

The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship Has Been Instituted to Assist Students with Demonstrated Financial Need and a Passion for Health Education and Promotion

A brand new scholarship opportunity for students seeking degrees in the field of Health Education and Promotion will be available this year.  This newly announced award, known as the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, is designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination. Students must demonstrate both financial need and a passion for their chosen field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic careers. NCHEC is sponsoring this scholarship opportunity, and the awards process will be administered by the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE).

“In memory of our founding Health Education Specialist, Dr. Helen P. Cleary, we wanted to create an opportunity for students’ with proven financial need and who are passionate about their chosen career field to receive assistance in sitting for the CHES® examination,” said Linda Lysoby, Executive Director of NCHEC.  Up to six scholarships a year will be awarded by NCHEC to eligible scholarship applicants. Scholarships will include reimbursement for exam fees and study materials for the CHES® examination.   

The award process for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship applicants will be administered by the SOPHE Awards Committee. Applicants must prove eligibility for the CHES® examination, have demonstrated accomplishments or service in the field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic studies, and submit a proven need for financial assistance.  Scholarship applications will be accepted during a window two times a year, in April and again in September, through an application portal on the SOPHE website at

Dr. Helen P. Cleary was the driving force behind the establishment of NCHEC in 1989 and received the very first CHES® credential (CHES #1) due to the importance of her role in spearheading CHES® certification. According to Alyson Taub, EdD, MCHES®, and the first Executive Director of NCHEC, “Dr. Cleary always strived for excellence in her own work and expected nothing less from those working with her. I was inspired by her passion for the profession, and her mission to promote the practice of health educators. I value the time I was able to share with her.”

The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship will be launched in March of 2019, in conjunction with NCHEC’s own 30th Anniversary Celebration event held at the SOPHE Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. NCHEC is celebrating the significant milestones achieved over the past three decades, including the continued delineation of the core competencies for CHES® and MCHES® over many different practice settings through a new practice analysis study, the administration of tens of thousands of certification exams across the country, as well as transition from a paper-based examination to an enhanced computer-based testing format with international reach.

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Posted by Jessica Wessner at 6:00 AM
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