IHS scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students who meet specific selection criteria. During the
selection process, applicants are ranked among their peers in the same health professions program according to their projected graduation dates and average
review scores. Those applicants closest to graduation will rank higher than those just beginning their education.
Selections are based on the IHS health professions priority list data compiled from surveys of more than 500 American Indian and Alaska Native health care
system administrators, clinical directors and community-based health board members.
Applications are reviewed and rated using the following three categories. The rating system is based on a possible 100 points and divided among the three
ranking criteria listed below.
- Academic performance based on transcripts and faculty evaluations: A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required. Note: Where it is school policy not to rank
students academically, a personal judgment of the applicantÕs achievement is requested from faculty members (40 points).
- Faculty, employer or Tribal recommendations regarding the applicant's potential in the chosen health-related profession (30 points).
- The applicant's narrative statements explaining his career goals and reasons for asking for the scholarship; the narrative weighs heavily toward the
applicant's ranking and is judged by the review committee on how well it is written (30 points).
Reference the IHS Scholarship Program Application Handbook (PDF - 3,461KB)
for more detailed information regarding the application selection process.