Outside Scholarships
There are a variety of outside scholarships that can help you fund your education.

Service Scholarships

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.

NHSC scholarship is available to students who are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in a fully accredited training program in: medicine, 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.

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.

Take a look at the differences and similarities between NHSC and NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

  • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs

The Army, Navy and Air Force all offer scholarships to qualifying students in the medical, dental, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychology, or optometry program.

For more information, please visit the following websites or contact the healthcare recruiter:


Other Scholarships - Scholarship Search Databases

  • CarreerMD: Provides career management resources for medical students, residents, and doctors. It features FellowshipFIND, a comprehensive database of fellowships related to different medical specialties.
  • FastWeb: An extremely popular database with more than 1.5 million scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. Students can set up a mailbox with personalized information so that they may check for new awards and update their portfolio periodically. New scholarship information can be e-mailed to students.
  • FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid: An extremely comprehensive guide to all student financial aid information and free scholarship, grant, and fellowship search databases. This website offers advice on college education planning and scholarship scam alerts.
  • GrantsNet: Useful for medical and graduate students interested in biomedical or life sciences research funding, postdoctoral scholars, and research administrators. GrantsNet allows users to save and update their scholarship profile and to receive e-mail alerts about new funding opportunities. Useful for international students.
  • IEFA: International Education Financial Aid: Scholarships and private loans for international students and students interested in studying abroad. Some are also available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • GoodCall: Formerly SchoolSoup.
  • Student Awards: Canada’s free scholarship search service website.