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Eligibility Requirements

Before you begin your application, confirm that you meet our eligibility requirements, as well as familiarize yourself with the agreement or contract associated with the scholarship that matches your academic pursuits.

Citizenship Requirements

You must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service.

Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include:

  • Copy of your birth certificate.
  • Current US passport.
  • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization.

A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship.

Tribal/Village Membership Requirements

  • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Recipients must be a member or descendant of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village.
  • Health Professions Scholarship: Recipients must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village only.

Academic Requirement

Applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • Must be accepted into an accredited program in the United States.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.

Program Agreement/Contract

  • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement documenting that you’re committed to continuing your education in your identified health profession degree program.
  • Health Professions Scholarship: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Contract agreeing to a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training. Failure to adhere to the conditions of your contract may result in default proceedings.