When to Apply

  • The 2015 Scholarship application will open in March.  Sign up to get an e-mail when it does.

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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    • 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)
  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