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93.288 National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
To increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, certified family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the National Health Service Corps, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the United States by providing service-obligated scholarships to health professions students.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
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. The program requires a 1 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. Physicians receive their site list at the beginning of their last year of residency training; nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants receive their site list within 6 months of their graduation. Service sites are limited to the United States, territories, and successor States to the Trust Territories, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. Deferments of service are granted to physicians to complete residencies in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics/gynecology.
Applicant Eligibility: At the time of award, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or national. The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school in the U.S., in a course of study leading to a degree in medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or other health professions. The applicant must be free of any Federal judgment liens or service obligation, have not defaulted on a Federal debt, and have no conflicting service obligation. The applicant must submit an application and a signed contract to the National Health Service Corps, Division of Applications and Awards, the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service by the last Friday in March, agreeing to accept payment of scholarship and provide full-time primary health services in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Pre-application Coordination: Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices. National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, Division of Applications and Awards, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 8A-55, 5600 Fishers Lane,. Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4400. For 24-hour toll-free calls from outside MD: (1-800) 221-9393, use for requesting applications.
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CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
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.".