Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program for Indians

To make scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives for the purpose of completing compensatory pre-professional education to enable the recipient to qualify for enrollment or re- enrollment in a health professions school or curriculum.

Examples of Funded Projects

In fiscal year 2005, continuing scholarship recipients will be funded in the pre-professional categories of pre-nursing, pre-medical technology, pre-physical therapy, pre- engineering, pre-sanitation, and pre-pharmacy only.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Indian Health Service Area Offices.
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Program Accomplishments

It is estimated that 98 continuation scholarship awards will be funded in fiscal years 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Scholarship awards are limited to persons of American Indian or Alaska Native descent.

Awards are limited to a maximum of 2 years of full-time scholarship support under this section of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Scholarship awards are made to individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native descent, who have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency and who have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education course or curriculum.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native descent.


Students must submit proper documentation of Indian eligibility verification from the college advisor that the courses or curriculum to be taken are required to meet the applicant's deficiency and compensatory needs at the professional level and represent the number of credit hours which the school considers as full-time or at least 6 credit hours per semester for part-time.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication is not required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application forms and instructions are provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program acting through the IHS Area Program Offices. Application forms and required documentation (official transcripts, letter of acceptance by college, curriculum verification, Indian eligibility, tuition verification, faculty evaluations) should be submitted to IHS Headquarters for review and approval/disapproval.

Award Procedures

Payments for stipends and books are made directly to the individual applicant. Tuition payments and fees are made to the college or university, upon receipt of an invoice.


Contact IHS Area offices for application deadlines. New applications are usually available to interested individuals in February with a submission deadline of April 1.


Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94- 437, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants are notified by July 31.




Continuation applications must be submitted annually. Continued funding subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Tuition payments are paid upon receipt of invoices from the universities. Stipend payments are paid monthly, for 10 months or for the academic period if students attends summer school. Amount for books and other necessary expenses are provided to student.

Post Assistance Requirements


Students are required to submit their official transcripts as they are received.

In addition, recipients must submit initial progress reports on forms supplied by IHS and notifications of problems/changes.


Not applicable.


Indian Health Service Scholarship Branch, IHS, maintains records on all students. Records are maintained for 4 years after the final award payment has been made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $2,519,107; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$17,500 to $26,019; $17,366.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 36.320 - 36 324. Final Rules and Regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, published in the Federal Register on November 18, 1977.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Indian Health Service Area Offices.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Ms. Patrcia Lee-McCoy, Scholarship Branch, Division of Health Professions Support, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-6197. Grants Contact: Ms. Lois Hodge, Grants Management Officer, Division of Grants Operations, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP, Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-0243. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant must be American Indian or Alaska Native. Other elements considered are: (1) Academic performance; (2) faculty recommendation; (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 are taken under consideration.

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