IHS Scholarship Program accepting applications until Feb. 28

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/12/2020 04:00 PM
WASHINGTON – The Indian Health Service is accepting applications for its Scholarship Program for the 2020-21 academic year until 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 28.

IHS offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to help educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.

· Preparatory Scholarship: For qualified undergraduate students, recipients must be citizens or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program.

· Pre-Graduate Scholarship: For qualified undergraduate students, recipients must be citizens or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and other subjects needed by the Indian health programs.

· Health Professions Scholarship: For qualified undergraduate- and graduate-level students, recipients must be citizens of federally recognized tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training.

Applicants must submit online applications and upload documents by 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 28. All documents must be uploaded in the application system. Do not mail supporting documents to the IHS Scholarship Program.

For new applications, click https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/apply/application-new/.

For current applications, click https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/apply/application-current/.

Not all health fields are considered for funding. The following is a list of eligible degree programs for the 2020-21 academic year:

· Pre-Nursing,
· Pre-Medicine,
· Pre-Dentistry,
· Nursing BS,
· Nurse Anesthetist MS,
· Nurse Midwife MS,
· Physician Assistant MS,
· Clinical Social Work MS,
· Nurse Practitioner MS, DNP,
· Clinical Psychology D,
· Counseling Psychology D,
· Dentistry D,
· Optometry D,
· Pharmacy D,
· Physician (Allopathy/Osteopathy),
· Physical Therapy D, and
· Podiatry D.

According to the IHS website, nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students have received scholarship awards and many have committed to serving their health profession careers at IHS.

“If you envision a career with a true purpose and mission, Indian health programs are looking for people like you,” the website states. “If you are willing to commit to working in Indian health communities where you can truly make a difference, we encourage you to take the next step toward realizing your future. The scholarship program provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in your chosen health professional discipline.”

For information, visit https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/.

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