Henriatta Selle Tiri Scholarship
The Henriatta Selle Tiri Scholarship Program
University of Maryland Graduate School
The Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Henriatta Selle Tiri Scholarship Program for international affiliates of University of Maryland Baltimore who live outside the United States. The competitive full-tuition scholarship program was started in 2019 to provide an opportunity for members of the university family living and working outside of the United States to have access to the Graduate School’s online degree programs. It is being renamed to honor the life and work of Henriatta Selle Tiri who tragically lost her life on March 25, 2021.
At the time of her death, Henriatta was the Ethics and Regulatory Lead for the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (Ciheb) in Nigeria. Henriatta joined the Nigeria team in 2007 as an assistant research study coordinator and rapidly rose to positions of greater responsibility where she was instrumental to the success of numerous global health projects. In the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Impact and Indicator Survey, the largest HIV-focused ever conducted worldwide, Henriatta oversaw regulatory affairs. In the ECHO® project in Nigeria, she led its successful implementation which subsequently expanded to become the West Africa Reginal ECHO (WARE) project.
Man Charurat, Ciheb Global Director and professor of medicine, described Henriatta as “kind, diligent, resourceful, results-oriented, and dedicated member of the Nigeria team.”
Kristen Stafford, Ciheb Deputy Global Director and associate professor of epidemiology and public health, shared that, “In addition to being a consummate professional and a passionate learner, Henriatta was a wonderful colleague who was always willing to lend a hand and mentor others to help them grow. Naming this scholarship in her honor will allow her teaching and mentoring spirit to live on through its recipients.
Honoring the Memory of Henriatte Selle Tiri
The Henriatta Selle Tiri Scholarship Program will provide ten annual full scholarships to students enrolled in the University of Maryland Graduate School’s online MS in Global Health or the MS in Health Sciences program who are pursuing concentrations in Research Implementation and Dissemination Sciences; Research Administration; Research Ethics; Science Communication; Integrative Health and Wellness; or Global Health Systems. Henriatta was about to graduate from the MS in Health Sciences with a concentration in Research Implementation and Dissemination Sciences this May, and her degree will be posthumously awarded.
In her spare time, Henriatta loved listening to gospel music and sermons and was a devoted member of the Church of Christ in Nigeria; she had been recently appointed secretary of the building committee. She is survived by her husband, Kamji Gabriel; daughters Tehila, (7) and Nima (2); her parents; and four siblings
International affiliates of UMB who live outside the United States applying to the M.S. in Health Science (MSHS) or M.S. in Global Health are eligible to apply for the full-tuition scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected from the incoming class of admitted students and are notified as scholarship selections are made. The program is for Fall entry only.
Number, amount, and duration of scholarship:
Each academic year, the Graduate School will award ten full-tuition scholarships to incoming students. Students awarded the scholarship in the first year will automatically be awarded the scholarship in the second year of study as long as they maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students cannot receive scholarship funds after the end of their second academic year in the program even if the degree has not been completed yet for any reason. To complete the degree in two years, students must also be enrolled for a minimum number of credits (6 or 7) each semester to complete the degree in two years.
Scholarship Nomination and Application Process:
Step #1 - Nomination: To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must be nominated by a Ciheb and other country office director. The Graduate School asks country directors for nominations in April. Applicants to the applicable degree programs may also reach out to their country office director or supervisor to seek the nomination for the scholarship. Country office directors may submit more than one nominee for the scholarship.
Step #2 - Application to Degree Program: Upon nomination by a country director, the applicant must apply for the degree program. Please visit this site to see the Application Requirements and process. Register for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if it is required for the program. Alternatively, if an applicant would like to pursue a GRE waiver, contact Dr. Niya Werts at (MS in Health Science Program) or Dr. Carlos Faerron Guzman (MS in Global Health Program). Please follow all degree application requirements and deadlines.
Step #3 - Selection: Scholarship recipients are selected from the incoming class of admitted students and are notified as scholarship selections are made.