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93.972 Health Professions Scholarship Program
INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Care Amendments of 1988, Section 104.
To provide scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives at health professions schools in order to obtain health professionals to serve Indians. Upon completion, scholarship recipients are obligated to serve in the Indian Health Service or an Indian health organization for each year of support with a minimum of 2 years.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Scholarships support students who pursue full-time or part-time courses of study in health professions needed by the Indian Health Service (IHS). Disciplines have included allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing (baccalaureate and graduate), public health nutrition (graduate), medical social work (graduate), speech pathology/audiology (graduate), optometry, pharmacology and health care administration. Not all disciplines participate each year. Scholarships may not be awarded to students who have conflicting service obligations after graduation or who are not enrolled members of Federally-recognized tribes. Recipients are required to perform 1 year of obligated service for each year of scholarship support, with a minimum obligation of 2 years in the Indian Health Service, or in a program conducted under a contract entered into under the Indian Self-Determination Act; or in an Indian health organization assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; or in private practice in a Health Manpower Shortage Area which addresses the health care needs of a substantial number of Indians. Deferment for internship, residency, or other advanced clinical training for medical, osteopathy, and dental students is generally not to exceed 3 years, consistent with the specialty needs of the IHS. Currently, 4-year deferments may be granted for obstetrics- gynecology and psychiatry residencies.
Applicant Eligibility: Individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native who are enrolled members of a Federally-recognized tribe are eligible. Applicants for new awards: (1) must be accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution for a full-time or part-time course of study leading to a degree in medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, or other participating health profession which is deemed necessary by the Indian Health Service; (2) be eligible for or hold an appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; or (3) be eligible for civil service in the Indian Health Service.
Pr-eapplication Coordination: Preapplication coordination is not 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: Students are required to submit of their official transcripts as they are received. In addition, recipients must submit initial and mid-term progress reports on forms supplied by IHS. Annual reports are required from schools indicating average student educational expense.
Account Identification: 75-0390-0-1-551.
In fiscal years 2001, 80 new and 263 continuing scholarships were awarded. Approximately the same number of awards will be funded in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
42 CFR 36.330-36.334. Final rules and regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, published in the Federal Register on November 18, 1977.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
In fiscal year 2001, there were 343 scholarships awarded to students in the following categories: nursing, medicine, medical technology, health administration, x-ray technology, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, dental hygiene, dietetics, masters of public health, health education, chemical dependency counseling, health records, engineering, physician assistant, sanitation, and physical therapy.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
(1) Academic performance; (2) faculty recommendations; (3) stated reasons for asking for the scholarship; (4) goals of the individual; and (5) the relative needs of the IHS and Indian health organizations for persons in specific health professions.