Foster Scholarships

Foster Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to students with outstanding academic records and who have demonstrated a commitment to pursing careers in public health.

Since 2000, OPHI has awarded $185,200 in scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000 per recipient.

The Laurence R. Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor Dr. Larry Foster, a long-time public health leader in Oregon.  In 1999, the Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund merged with OPHI to become one of our core programs. We partner with the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) and Oregon Community Foundation to administer this program.

Dr. Larry Foster served as Deputy and then State Epidemiologist with the Oregon Health Division from 1977 until his death in 1992. Prior to serving at the Health Division, Dr. Foster was the Health Officer of Josephine County, OR from 1975-1977. He received his MS and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and was honored with the “Friend of Epidemiologic Intelligence Service Award” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to his death, the “Friends of Larry Foster” decided to establish a scholarship fund in his name. Dr. Foster was enthusiastic about the idea “hoping to leave this world a better place” and helped develop the scholarship guidelines. Scholarships are intended to assist Oregon residents in furthering their public health education, and at Dr. Foster’s request, preference for the scholarship award will be given to qualified minority students to promote a representative public health workforce.