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How to Apply for a Scholarship

To apply for the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP), you must follow each of our requirements.

Before You Apply | Application Sections | After You Apply | Award Notification | Contract Service Commitment

What to know before you apply

Start the application process early. Allow time to collect all required and supplemental documentation.

The answers in your application must match your supporting documents.

You must submit a complete online application by the application deadline.

We will not:

  • Accept requests to update a submitted application.
  • Permit you to submit materials after the deadline.
  • Fill in any missing information or contact you regarding missing information.

What is a complete application?

A complete application consists of:

  • Online application;
  • All required supporting documents; and
  • Additional supplemental documentation (if applicable)

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal

When you apply, you will do so within the BHW Customer Service Portal. So, you must first create a profile.

Review the application sections

The following provides an overview of the application requirements. Refer to the NHSC Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance for the complete set of requirements and instructions.

What to know after you apply

You will receive a receipt of submission once you submit the online application.

You'll be able to view the overall status of your application and download a copy of your submitted application, including supporting documents.

Can I make edits to my application?

You may only make edits to your application, and resubmit it, prior to the application deadline. If you don't resubmit your application by the final deadline, we won't consider you for a scholarship award.

Can I withdraw my application?

You may withdraw your application at any time prior to the Secretary of HHS (or their designee) countersigning your contract.

How can I check my application status?

The application review process occurs over several months. During this time, we will provide updates via email and on the online application status page, as applicable. It is your responsibility to ensure your contact information is correct.

How do you evaluate me?

We use various selection factors and funding priorities to evaluate applicants of NHSC SP, and eventually determine who receives awards.

Note: We do not consider the number of years of scholarship support you request when determining whether you will receive a scholarship award.

How we notify you about awards

If we select you for a scholarship award, we will notify you via email or letter no later than September 30.

To accept the award, you must respond by the deadline in the notice of award email/letter. If you don't respond by the deadline, your offer of award expires and we will offer it to someone else.

For those that respond by the deadline, we will ask you to:

  • Sign the NHSC SP contract;
  • Complete the online banking form for direct deposit; and
  • Complete the W-4 form.

Note: You must decline the award if you will not begin classes on or before September 30, 2020, or you will be on a leave of absence from school through September 30, 2020.

What happens if I don't accept an award?

We may select you for an award and you may decide not to accept it. You may decline the scholarship support without penalty.

Note: A decision to decline the scholarship award is final and cannot be changed under any circumstances.

When will you notify those who didn't receive an award?

If you don't receive a scholarship award, we will notify you no later than October 31.

Understand your contract & service commitment

Your NHSC SP service begins once you sign the contract and the Secretary of HHS or their designee countersigns it.

Can I terminate my contract?

The Secretary of HHS (or their designee) may terminate your initial contract or an optional contract for subsequent years if you meet a set of requirements. Review them in the application and program guidance.

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