Scholarship Programs In Exchange for Service Commitment

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers educational assistance to Nursing and Physical Therapy students strongly interested in joining VA after graduation. This scholarship covers tuition plus a monthly stipend. VA also offers a wide range of opportunities across the continuum of care, from primary care and wellness programs to disease prevention and post-trauma rehabilitation. The also provide access to in-house mentors who are leaders in the field, regularly sharing research and best practices.

Indian Health Service Scholarship Program supports American Indian and Alaska Native students in their quest for a health professions degree leading to a career that serves Indian people and their communities.  Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and accepted to or enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program.  Staffing needs of Indian health facilities determine the degree programs eligible for this scholarship each year.  The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational expenses, and provides a monthly stipend.  In return, recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment at an Indian health facility upon completion of academic and/or post-graduate training.  The minimum service commitment is 2 years.  Deadline to apply is typically in February of each year and award announcements are made in mid-July.

National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program is available to students who are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in a fully accredited training program in: medicine (MD or DO), dentistry, nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwifery, or physician assistant.  This scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a monthly stipend in return for a commitment to work at an approved outpatient facility in a medically underserved community.  The scholarship can be awarded for as many as 4 years.  Scholarship payments other than the monthly stipend are federal income tax-free.  With each year (or partial year) of support beyond the first year, the student agrees to provide one additional year of service, with a maximum of four years.  Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists).  NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them among the hundreds of NHSC-approved sites in medically underserved urban, rural and frontier communities across the U.S.  When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility. 

NHSC accepts applications each year in March. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a selective program of the U.S. Government that helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).   Students accepted to or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing program, including RN to BSN Bridge Program, are encouraged to apply.  Awardees receive funding for tuition, fees, other educational costs, and a monthly stipend.  Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work in an eligible Critical Shortage Facility, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.  The minimum service is 2 years.  The scholarship application deadline is typically in May of each year and applicants are notified by September 30.

Students who are interested in the NHSC Scholarship Program and NURSE Corps Scholarship Program can click here for a comparison of both programs.

U.S. Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program offers scholarships through the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force to qualifying students in the medical, dental, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychology, or optometry program.  This scholarship covers all direct educational costs (i.e., tuition, fees, books, health insurance), and provides a generous monthly stipend for ten and one-half months per year.  A signing bonus may also be provided based on student’s discipline.  In return, there is a one year service commitment for each year of scholarship.  The minimum service obligation depends on the recipient’s discipline. There is an additional obligation for residency and fellowship training.  

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