Scholarship Program Overview
The NHSC Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing primary health care professions training in NHSC-eligible disciplines in return for a commitment to provide health care to communities in need, upon graduation and the completion of training.
In return for each school year, or partial school year, of financial support received, students agree to provide primary health care services for one (1) year at an NHSC-approved site located in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) (PDF - 63 KB). For the first school year, or partial school year, of support, there is a minimum 2-year service commitment.
Know What an NHSC Scholarship Includes:
Tax-free payment is made (for up to four years) for the following eligible expenses:
- Required fees
- Other reasonable educational costs
Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly living stipend that is taxable.
The NHSC provides support to scholars while in school and offers tools and resources after graduation, during training, and while in practice.
Transitioning to Practice
Scholars choose where they will serve from a list of hundreds of NHSC-approved sites in high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the nation. The NHSC provides dedicated staff to assist scholars in successfully finding a practice site in the state of their choosing. Learn more about the types of NHSC-approved sites.
In the months leading up to graduation and training, the NHSC provides scholars with information and materials they need to find a practice site. This includes connecting Scholars to a list of sites with job openings and supporting travel to and from interviews (there is a limit on the number of supported interviews).
Once scholars are working in at an NHSC-approved site, the NHSC continues to support Corps members by offering:
- networking opportunities
- educational support, including access to free CEUs
- connections to community resources, and much more
You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:
- Physicians (MD or DO)
- Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
- Certified Nurse-Midwives
- Physician Assistants
The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.
For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.
Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility.
Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.
The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. To learn more about how NHSC reviews applications and determines who receives a scholarship, please watch the short video below. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.
How It Works
You Must Be:
Upon graduation and completion of training, you agree to:
- Provide care at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved area.
- One year of service for each year of support (minimum of two years of service, maximum of four years of support and service)
An NHSC Scholarship includes:
- Tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable)
- Assistance finding a job at a high-need, NHSC-approved site
- Access to educational, training, and networking opportunities
- Becoming part of a community of providers with a shared desire to serve patients with limited access to health care
- Medicine (MD or DO)
- Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
- Nurse practitioner
- Certified nurse-midwife
- Physician assistant