Georgia Environmental Health Association


Every year at the Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA) Annual Education Conference (AEC), we recognize outstanding individuals in our organization! See more about our awards and scholarships here. Additionally, you may review past issues of the GEHA Journal to read information about annual awards and scholarship recipients.

Members of the Year:

Blake Lowery (2023)
Melinda Knight (2022)
2020/2021 Covid Era - No Conferences
Chris Calhoun (2019)
Maggie Rickenbaker (2018)
Allison Strickland (2017)

GEHA Irving Bell Golf Scholarship (Undergraduate): 

GEHA hosts a golf tournament as part of the Annual Education Conference each year to raise scholarship funds for Georgia students pursuing environmental health careers in honor of Irving Bell, who retired from the Coca-Cola Company after many years as a supportive corporate liaison. Mr. Bell has been a dedicated advocate for GEHA and remains an avid golfer. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, financial need, letters of recommendations, statement of why the student is choosing a career in an environmental health-related field, and the evaluation of the chosen internship program. The award includes:

  • $2000.00, awarded during GEHA's Annual Education Conference
  • An invitation to attend the GEHA AEC awards luncheon, including a $100 stipend to travel, plus free room and meals during the conference
  • One-year paid membership to GEHA

GEHA Graduate Scholarship:

Awarded by the GEHA Foundation annually in recognition of Georgia colleges and schools of public health that offer graduate degrees. This scholarship was developed in 2016 by then-GEHA President Maggie Rickenbaker and the GEHA Foundation, with the first award given in 2017. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a graduate-level degree in an area of public health. The award includes:

  • $2,000.00, awarded during the GEHA Annual Education Conference
  • An invitation to attend the GEHA AEC awards luncheon, including a $100 stipend to travel, plus free event registration
  • One-year paid membership to GEHA.

The Georgia Environmental Health Association is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. 
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