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Scholarship Eligibility

Eligibility For Participation In The Indian Health Service Scholarship Program

Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship
Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program (Premedicine or Predentistry only)
Health Professions Scholarship Program

To view a one-page summary of the three types of scholarships, click on Eligibility Chart (pdf 111Kb)

Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship
 

Indian Eligibility - Applicant Must Be:

  • An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe; or
  • A descendent of an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, within two generations, or
  • * A state recognized Indian

Enrollment in Accredited Program - Applicant Must Be:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a compensatory pre-professional general education course or curriculum and be one of the "priority categories" published annually in the Federal Register.

Items Covered by the Program:

  • Financial assistance for tuition and required fees.

Full or Part Time Opportunities Available 

  • Full Time enrollment is considered to be 12 or more units and will be funded up to two years.
  • Part time enrollment is considered to be six to 11 units and will be funded up to four years.
  • Applicant must remain either full or part time during the current academic year.

Monthly Stipend for Living Expenses Provided

  • No.

Commitment to Serve Indian People

  • Yes.

Payback Obligation

  • No.

Where may I serve my payback obligation?

  • Not applicable.

  
Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program (Premedicine, Predentistry, or Prepodiatry only)

Indian Eligibility - Applicant Must Be:

  • An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe; or
  • A descendent of an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, within two generations, or
  • * A state recognized Indian

Enrollment in Accredited Program - Applicant Must Be:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a Health Professions Pregraduate baccalaureate degree program and be one of the "priority categories" published annually in the Federal Register.

Items Covered by the Program

  • Financial aid for tuition and required fees.

Full or Part Time Opportunities Available

  • Full Time enrollment is considered 12 or more units and will be funded up to four years.
  • Part time enrollment is considered six to 11 units and will be funded up to eight years.
  • Applicant must remain either full or part time during the current academic year.

Monthly Stipend for Living Expenses Provided

  • No.

Commitment to Serve Indian People

  • Yes.

Payback Obligation

  • No.

Where may I serve my payback obligation?

  • Not applicable.

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Health Professions Scholarship Program 

 

Indian Eligibility - Applicant Must Be:

  • An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe

Enrollment in Accredited Program - Applicant Must Be:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a study program leading to a degree in a health related professions school within the United States for one of the "priority categories" published annually in the Federal Register.

Items Covered by the Program

  • Financial aid for tuition and required fees. Visit www.scholarship.ihs.gov for a list of educational and living expenses covered under this scholarship.

Full or Part Time Opportunities Available

  • Full Time enrollment is considered to be 12 or more units and will be funded up to four years.
  • Part time enrollment is considered to be six to 11 units and will be funded up to eight years.
  • Applicant must remain either full or part time during the current academic year.

Monthly Stipend for Living Expenses Provided

  • Yes - for 12 months during the current academic year.

Commitment to Serve Indian People

  • Yes.

Payback Obligation

  • Yes. Your obligation would be one year of service for each year of funding received, with a minimum of two years of service.

Where may I serve my payback obligation?

  • The Indian Health Service, or
  • Programs conducted under the Indian Self-Determination Act (P.L. 93-638), or
  • Programs assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437), or
  • In private practice in a "Health Professions shortage area..."serving a substantial number of Indians.

* Please be aware that the State of California reverts to the California Judgment Roll, which is considered "Federally Recognized Indians". Therefore, California does not recognize those considered being "State Recognized Indians".

Disclaimer: The information contained above is the most recent available and is subject to change without notice.

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