Health Professions Scholarship Program

To provide scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives at health professions schools in order to obtain health professionals to serve Indians.

Upon completion, scholarship recipients are obligated to serve in the Indian Health Service or an Indian health organization for each year of
support with a minimum of 2 years.

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.

See listing of Area Scholarship Coordinators at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/contact/areascholarshipcoordinators/. Program Contact: Ms. Reta Brewer, Chief, Scholarship Branch, Division of Health Professions Support, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: OHR 11E69B, Rockville, MD 20857.

Email: scholarship@ihs.gov, Telephone: (301) 443-2349. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Robert Tarwater, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 594-0899.
Website Address

http://www.ihs.gov




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Scholarships support students who pursue full-time or part-time courses of study in health professions needed by the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Disciplines have included allopathic and osteopathic medicine, addiction counseling, clinical psychology, dentistry, environmental engineer, medical technology, nursing (baccalaureate and graduate), nurse practitioner, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health nutrition (graduate), optometry, social work (graduate), sanitarian, speech pathology/audiology (graduate), x-ray technology and health records.

Not all disciplines participate each year.

Scholarships may not be awarded to students who have conflicting service obligations after graduation or who are not enrolled members of Federally-recognized tribes.

Recipients are required to perform 1 year of obligated service for each year of scholarship support, with a minimum obligation of 2 years in the Indian Health Service, or in a program conducted under a contract entered into under the Indian Self-Determination Act; or in an Indian health organization assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; or in private practice in a Health Manpower Shortage Area which addresses the health care needs of a substantial number of Indians.

Deferment for internship, residency, or other advanced clinical training for medical, and osteopathy graduates is generally not to exceed 4 years, consistent with the specialty needs of the IHS.

Currently, 5-year deferments may be granted for general surgery, family practice/psychiatry and internal medicine/psychiatry.

For a complete list of approved residencies by discipline, please the IHS Scholarship Program Service Commitment Handbook at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/handbooks/service_commitment_handbook.pdf.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native who are enrolled members of a Federally-recognized tribe are eligible.

Applicants for new awards: (1) must be accepted by an accredited U.S.

educational institution for a full-time or part-time course of study leading to a degree in medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, or other participating health profession which is deemed necessary by the Indian Health Service; (2) be eligible for or hold an appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; or (3) be eligible for civil service in the Indian Health Service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native who are enrolled members of Federally-recognized tribe; full-time students of medicine or other health professions; prospective or currently Commissioned Officers in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; or eligible civilians of the Indian Health Service.

Credentials/Documentation

Students claiming Indian priority must submit proper certification and documentation as specified in the application. All applicants must provide transcripts of their latest academic work. All incoming freshmen are to provide copies of acceptance letters for enrollment in school. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application form OMB No. 0917-0006 and instructions are provided by the Indian Health Service and are usually available to interested individuals in December (www.ihs.gov/scholarship/applynow). An application form and required documentation (official transcripts, letter of acceptance by college, curriculum verification, Indian eligibility, tuition verification, faculty evaluations) are submitted to IHS Headquarters for review and approval/disapproval.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to applicants who are prior recipients. Special consideration is given to junior and senior level students whose specialty plans are in primary care fields. Criteria which determine competitive ranking awards may include: (1) work experience, preferably health-related in communities of health care need; (2) personal background from a community of health care need; (3) career goals of primary care practice in service to Indians; and, (4) academic performance. Student financial need does not affect selection. Funding covers only Tuition and Fees, other reasonable costs and a monthly stipend. Tuition and fee payments are made to the recipient's college or university.

Deadlines

Dec 15, 2016 to Feb 28, 2017 The application cycle opens in mid-December 2016 and closes on February 28, 2017 for current scholarship recipients interested in extending their scholarship for another year. The application deadline for new scholarship applicants is March 28, 2017.

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Grants are approved or disapproved by July 1, 2017, by the Indian Health Service, Division of Grants Management.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

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. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Maximum length of funding is a total of 4 years full-time and 8 years part-time. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Tuition payments and fees are paid upon receipt of invoices from the universities. Stipend payments are paid monthly for the 12-month academic period. An amount for books and other necessary expenses is provided to the student.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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

Initial progress reports are required for each quarter.

Notification of Academic Problem/Change is required at any time a problem or change occurs.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

The Indian Health Service Scholarship Program maintains records for 6 years following completion of obligated service or other disposition of the scholarship obligation.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0390-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Training) FY 16 $12,576,285; FY 17 est $12,500,000; and FY 18 est $12,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$11,237 - $126,920; average $48,004.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 36.370-36.374. Final Rules and Regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 96-537 (which amends Public Law 94-437, Section 104), published in the Federal Register on February 29, 1984.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See listing of Area Scholarship Coordinators at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/contact/areascholarshipcoordinators/. Program Contact: Ms. Reta Brewer, Chief, Scholarship Branch, Division of Health Professions Support, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: OHR 11E69B, Rockville, MD 20857. Email: scholarship@ihs.gov, Telephone: (301) 443-2349. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Robert Tarwater, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 594-0899.

Headquarters Office

Grants Policy Office, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: grantspolicy@ihs.gov Phone: (301) 443-5204

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are scored based on Academic performance, Faculty/Employer Evaluations and Applicant Essays. Complete information on the applicant selection process is available in the IHS Scholarship Program Application Handbook at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/handbooks/application_handbook.pdf.


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