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  • The FY2014 Scholarship Program application cycle is currently closed. Please click here to be notified when the 2015 cycle opens.

You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in a fully accredited training program for

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • 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 approved outpatient facility in a medically underserved community.

The scholarship can be awarded for as many as 4 years. 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). The 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. Learn more about the service commitment:  What You Need to Know: Health Professional Shortage Areas and Your Practice Site (PDF - 285 KB).

Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.

How It Works

  1. eligibility

    You Must Be:

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  2. Service

    Upon graduation and completion of training, you agree to:

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  3. Benefits

    An NHSC Scholarship includes:

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    • 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

NHSC-eligible discipline

  • Medicine (MD or DO)
  • Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Physician assistant