ARRA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) promotes diversity among health professions students and practitioners by providing scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eligible health professions and nursing schools apply for funds to make scholarships to students
from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have financial need for scholarships and are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as full-time students at the schools.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Scholarships to students of schools of nursing and health professions schools.

Fiscal Year 2009: Scholarships to students of schools of nursing and health professions schools.

Fiscal Year 2010: Scholarships to students of schools of nursing and health professions schools.


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 Regional Agency Offices.

Contact for ARRA funding: Jim Essel, Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Bureau of Health Professions.

Telephone: (301) 443-5799.

Andrea Stampone, Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Parklawn Building, Room 8-42, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-4776.

Use the same numbers for FTS.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Over 450 health professions and nursing schools received awards and over 15,000 students were assisted. Fiscal Year 2009: Over 450 health professions and nursing schools received awards and over 15,000 students were assisted. Fiscal Year 2010: Over 450 health professions and nursing schools received awards and over 15,000 students were assisted.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Scholarships may only be expended for tuition expenses, other reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses incurred while in attendance for the year.

The Secretary is required to make available at least 16 percent of the funds to schools that will provide scholarships only for nursing students.

Schools are required to agree that, in providing scholarships under this program, preference shall be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for who the costs of attending the school would constitute a severe financial hardship and disadvantaged students.

The Secretary may not make a grant to a school unless the school is carrying out a program for recruiting and retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds and have met the eligibility criteria of demonstrating the success of outcome measures.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Health/Medical

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application information may also be found by visiting www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Based upon the availability of funds notice of awards are issued to the eligible schools which in turn select and issue the awards to the eligible students.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) , Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Annual applications are required for all schools.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each scholarship award is made for 1 year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Notice of Grant Award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

A Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Performance Report must be submitted 45 days after the end of each budget period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

A Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Performance Report must be submitted 45 days after the end of each budget period.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Additionally, a financial status report must be submitted 90 days after the end of each budget period.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

A Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Performance Report must be submitted 45 days after the end of each budget period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a grant period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0351-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $42,400,000; FY 09 est $42,400,000; FY 10 est $42,400,000 - Estimated ARRA funds for both FY 09 and FY 10 $45.8 million.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

1,000 to $650,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact for ARRA funding: Jim Essel, Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Bureau of Health Professions. Telephone: (301) 443-5799. Andrea Stampone, Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Parklawn Building, Room 8-42, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-4776. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Headquarters Office

Rick Goodman, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-2728.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and to determine if applicant schools meet minimum program requirements.



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