FAQs

General

  1. What are the general eligibility requirements?
  2. What is required for the letters of recommendation?
  3. What is required for the essays and is there a character limit?
  4. Can I provide unofficial transcripts?
  5. How does the NURSE Corps Scholarship differ from the NHSC?
  6. How do scholars find a job to fulfill their service commitment? Are we assigned?
  7. What is a disadvantaged background?
  8. When are applicants notified if they receive or don’t receive an award?
  9. How can I pay off additional undergraduate loans through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program?
  10. What if I change my mind about going into primary care after I have accepted the scholarship?

 

Answers

General

  1. What are the general eligibility requirements?

    To receive an NHSC scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:
  • Medicine (MD or DO)
  • Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Physician Assistant

  1. What is required for the letters of recommendation?

    Applicants must submit online two letters of recommendation – one academic and one non-academic. Recommendations should include a description of the recommender’s relationship to the applicant and discuss the applicant’s education/work achievements, communication skills and the applicant’s commitment to a career in primary care and working with underserved communities. See the “How to Apply” section on pages 38-39 of the Application and Program Guidance.
    Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393.

  2. What is required for the essays and is there a character limit?

    Applicants must respond to three essay questions and each response should be 2,500 characters or less. The three questions are:
    1. How will you contribute to the mission of the NHSC in providing care to underserved communities?
    2. What experiences have you had or activities have you participated in that have prepared you to work with underserved populations?
    3. Please discuss your commitment to pursue a career in primary health care.

  3. Can I provide unofficial transcripts?

    An unofficial transcript is acceptable as long as it provides the grade point average.

  4. How does the NURSE Corps Scholarship differ from the NHSC?

    Nurse Practitioner students are eligible for both the NHSC Scholarship Program and the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. These students can apply to both, but may only accept a scholarship from one. Download the Scholarship Programs for Nurses (PDF - 250 KB) fact sheet to learn the similarities and differences between both programs.

  5. How do scholars find a job to fulfill their service commitment? Are we assigned?

    Scholars are required to practice at an NHSC-approved site in an area of greatest need and are responsible for finding a job. At the beginning of their last year of school, scholars are assigned an advisor to help them navigate the Health Workforce Connector and transition from training to practice. During this time, the NHSC will also provide resources to help identify potential job opportunities. See the “Finding a Practice Site” section on pages 23-24 of the Application and Program Guidance.
    Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393.

  6. What is a disadvantaged background?

    An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for the changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary) for use in all health professions programs.

  7. When are applicants notified if they receive or don’t receive an award?

    Applicants selected for awards are notified by email/letter no later than September 30, 2017. To accept the award, an applicant must respond by the deadline in the notice of award/letter. Eligible applicants who do not receive a scholarship will be notified by October 31, 2017. See “Notification of an Award” on page 41 of the Application and Program Guidance.
    Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393.

  8. How can I pay off additional undergraduate loans through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program?

    Scholars may be eligible for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program after they have completed their scholarship service obligation. Visit the Loan Repayment Program website for more information on eligibility requirements, including eligible loans.

  9. What if I change my mind about going into primary care after I have accepted the scholarship?

    If you do not comply with your contract, you will be liable for financial damages equal to three times the amount of your scholarship plus interest. If you change your mind while in school, you should notify the NHSC immediately and decline further scholarship support to minimize the damages owed.