The CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy

Judy Baar Topinka began her career in journalism and went on to blaze a pioneering path as a public servant in Illinois. First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, Judy later became a state senator and was elected as the first woman to serve as the state’s Treasurer. As a legislator and civic leader, Judy was an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois. Many of her legislative achievements focus on improving healthcare quality and access. Her expertise in health policy led her to chair the Health and Welfare Committee of the Illinois Senate. She believed in public service and was tireless in her advocacy of those in need. She believed in passion, hard work, ethical leadership, and persistence. The successful applicant will share these qualities and characteristics.

2025 CAHME Awards open in August 2024.


  • Student in CAHME Accredited or Certified Program
  • Nominations must be made by the students Program Director, or a faculty member on behalf of the University Program Director

What You Need to Apply

  • Program Director Contact Information
  • University Information
  • Student Nominee Contact Information

Nomination Essay

The nomination consists of two essays of no more than 250 words (limit to 1,250 characters) each. Essays should be completed by the Program Director, and we recommend typing your essay responses in a saved document outside of the online application in case of technical difficulties. You may copy and paste from your personal document to the online application when you are ready.

  1. In approximately 250 words (limit to 1,250 characters) or less, explain what makes this student an ideal candidate to receive a CAHME scholarship? (If you are nominating this student to multiple scholarships, you can copy this response.)
  2. In approximately 250 words (limit to 1,250 characters) or less, provide specific example(s) of how the nominee served the public good through a public health role or distinguished volunteerism. (Be specific to the award criteria.)

Award Includes

  • One-time scholarship of $2,000.00
  • One complimentary ticket to the CAHME Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2024, at ACHE Congress
  • One complimentary ticket to ACHE Congress
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 2-night hotel stay
  • Recognition on CAHME’s website and social media

2024 Award Recipient

Congratulations to Catlin Clemmons, student at Saint Louis University, MHA Program!

Past Award Recipients

Year Recipient Program
2023 Thomas Levu Georgetown University, MHSA
2022 Brittany Morrison Johns Hopkins University, MHA
2022 Yazmyne Melgoza California State University, Long Beach, MHA
2021 Meaghan Hart Johns Hopkins University, MHA
2020 Kashay Webb Johns Hopkins University, MHA
2019 Kelly Page University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, MHA


For More Information:

Dana Alexander, MHA
Communications and Engagement Manager
301-298-1820 ext. 6