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Selection Process

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The IHS Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on a 100-point ranking system divided among three categories:

  • Academic Performance — Performance is based on your official transcripts. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required.
  • Faculty/Employer Evaluations — The evaluations assess your education and work achievements, interpersonal skills and overall potential and how those distinguishing qualities translate into a successful career as an Indian health professional.
  • Applicant Essays — The essays provide you with an opportunity to explain the reason(s) you are applying for a scholarship, your career goals and how your career goals will help to meet the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The essays weigh heavily toward your ranking and are based on how well they’re written and how well you express your career goals and desire to serve Native communities.

Your cumulative score is used to rank you against other applicants applying in the same degree program. Priority is given to applicants with the earliest projected graduation date. The Application Review Committee consists of professionals from Native communities throughout the United States. The applicants are then ranked based on their score, along with the applicant’s graduation date, within each scholarship option according to eligible degree programs. Applicants must score a minimum of 70 to be considered. Projected graduation dates take precedence in identifying applicants for selection for an award. It is important to include your correct graduation date on the application. Incorrect or inaccurate graduation dates can negatively affect an applicant's acceptance.