George Eagle Memorial Scholarship


George H. Eagle served as Chief of the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, until his retirement in 1971. During his career, he influenced environmental health philosophy and practice in Ohio more than anyone else in the profession. As Chief Engineer of the State Health Department, and Head of the Bureau of Environmental Health, he was responsible for all technical aspects of water pollution control, solid waste disposal, radiation hazards, plumbing, and accident prevention. His bureau also included the Division of Sanitation, Which had jurisdiction over food protection programs, home and school sanitation, recreation and highway sanitation, and the migrant worker camp program.

Through his personal drive, interest, and leadership, George Eagle developed a solid foundation for environmental health programs in Ohio. He was instrumental in developing the milk sanitation program, in directing the development of water quality standards for Ohio’s streams, and in establishing a sound program for semi-public water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities. George hired Ohio’s first sanitarian, helped create the Ohio Association of Sanitarians, and was an early advocate of sanitarian registration.

George Eagle fostered the concept that protecting public health and preserving the environment is an ongoing process and that its success depends upon the perseverance and patience of environmental health professionals. Those who knew George recognized his professionalism, and organizational creativity, as well as his ability and willingness to assume leadership. His influence on environmental health will continue to prevail far into the future.


  • Students must be Ohio residents.

  • Students must be enrolled in a program leading to an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health or a related field as determined by the OEHA Board of Directors.

  • Students must have a sophomore, junior or senior standing in a baccalaureate program.

  • Whether attending school in Ohio or out of state, the student shall express the intent to become employed in environmental health in Ohio following graduation.


  •  An OEHA member in good standing for two consecutive years prior to applying for scholarship.

  • Registered Sanitarian or Sanitarian in Training in the State of Ohio.

  • Enrolled in an Environmental Health or Public Health graduate degree program or another graduate degree program approved by the Scholarship Committee which will contribute to the applicant’s development as an environmental health professional.

  • The College or University must be an accredited school of higher learning.

  • A personal interview may be required, as determined by the Scholarship Committee. 


Due to COVID-19 This year’s deadline for applications is March 12, 2022.


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Send applications and/or contributions to:

Josh Lucas
Preble County Public Health
615 Hillcrest Drive
Eaton, Ohio 45320