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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program - (ARRA) - #93.400

Service-obligated scholarships for full-time students of allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medicine, dentistry, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and primary care physician assistants. Other health disciplines may be included if needed by National Health Service Corps. Scholarships pay tuition and required fees to the school, a stipend to students and a single annual payment to the student to assist with other reasonable educational expenses. Reasonable expenses include books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, travel for the provision of clinical services, etc. Program requires a one year of service with a minimum 2-year service commitment post graduation. A maximum of 4 years of support may be awarded. Service is primarily a nonfederal salaried or contracted employee of a public or private non-profit entity, providing full-time primary health services. Services may also be in a fee for service private practice setting, or a Federal employee in Federal health systems such as the Indian Health Service, Immigration Health Service or bureau of Prisons. Service sites are selected by the scholarship recipient from the list of high priority sites in HPSAs identified by the NHSC. Each year of support incurs 1 year of service with a 2 year minimum service commitment requirement post graduation.

The applicant must submit an enrollment/acceptance letter from the school or university and proof of US citizenship at the time of application. If applicable, a Certificate of 'Disadvantaged Background' from medical or nursing school financial aid officials would also need to be submitted. Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

By statute, first priority will be given to any applicant for such assistance, who has previously received a scholarship under this section or under section 758 of the PHS Act. Priority for consideration will be given to all students who have characteristics which increase the probability they will continue professional practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area when they complete their service obligation. Third priority will be given to students who are from a 'disadvantaged background” Who have HPSA retention characteristics.

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