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93.925 Scholarships for Health Professions Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS))
HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 737, 42 U.S.C. 293a; Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.
To make funds available for grants to schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic allied health (baccalaureate and graduate programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technician, occupational therapy, radiological technology and physical therapy speech pathology, audiology, registered dieticians), public health, and accredited schools of nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate programs) and graduate degree in behavioral and mental health. Funds are awarded to assist such schools in providing scholarships to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as full-time students in the schools.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Scholarships may only be expended for tuition expenses, other reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses incurred while in attendance for the year. The Secretary is required to make available 16 percent of the funds to schools that will provide scholarships only for nurses, and must give preference to former Exceptional Financial Need and Financial Assistance for Disadvantaged Health Professions Student recipients. Schools are required to agree that, in providing scholarships under this program, preference shall be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for whom the costs of attending the school would constitute a severe financial hardship. The Secretary may not make a grant to a school unless the school is carrying out a program for recruiting and retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicant Eligibility: Accredited public or private nonprofit schools of allopathic medicine, nursing, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, allied health, or schools offering graduate programs in public health, behavioral and mental health or physician assistants.
Pre-application Coordination: No preapplication is required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: A financial status report must be submitted at the end of each budget period.
Account Identification: 75-0350-0-1-550.
In fiscal year 2001, awards were made to over 360 health professions and nursing schools. It is estimated that in fiscal year 2002 over 360 health professions and nursing schools will receive awards. It is estimated that approximately 100 awards will be made to health professions and nursing schools in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Program guidelines and related application materials. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Scholarships to students of schools of nursing and health professions schools.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Applications will be reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and to determine if applicant schools meet minimum program requirements.