Indian Health Services
The award includes the following: all tuition and required fees at the institution; a stipend of no less than $1,500 per month for the 10-month period of Aug. 1-May 31 (pro-rated for part-time students); and an annual lump sum to cover books, travel, tutorial services, parking permit, and other educational expenses. This scholarship provides financial support for up to four years of full-time (eight years part-time) academic work. To maintain eligibility as a scholarship recipient, the student must: be in good academic standing with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher; fulfill all program reporting requirements; and maintain his/her enrollment status. The student must apply annually to request continued scholarship support until he/she has earned his/her degree or qualifies to apply for a Health Professions Scholarship.
The number of awards offered varies annually. It is anticipated that approximately 80 awards will be given for this program and the IHS Preparatory Scholarship.
All applicants must intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in their chosen specialties. They must also be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement documenting their commitment to continuing their education in their identified health profession degree program. The IHS Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on a 100-point ranking system divided among three categories: academic performance, based on official transcripts (40 points); faculty/employer evaluations (30 points); and applicant essays (30 points). A committee of volunteers from Native communities review the application packets. The results of these reviews provide the data to rank applicants within each scholarship option according to their average review scores, selected degree program, and projected graduation date. When applicants receive the same ranking, those closest to graduation will be ranked higher than those just beginning their education. All applicants scoring 70 points or higher will be considered for a scholarship.
Applications are available online on the Indian Health Services (IHS) website. Instructions for filling out the application are located in the application handbook for new applicants, which is avail ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.