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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Indian Health Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Procedure
Tuition payments and fees are made to the college or university, upon receipt of an invoice.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Continuation applications must be submitted annually. Continued funding subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. 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. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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.
Other 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
Tuition payments are paid upon receipt of invoices from the universities. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Tuition payments are paid upon receipt of invoices from the universities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Indian Health Service Area Offices.

Program Contact: Mr. Robert Pittman, Acting Chief, Scholarship Branch, Division of Health Professions Support, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Ave, Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-6197.

Grants Management Contact: Ms. Tammy Bagley, Acting Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 443-9602. Use the same number for FTS.
Headquarters Office
Grants Policy Office, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (301) 443-5204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Training) FY 14 $882,265; FY 15 est $890,000; and FY 16 est $890,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$16,525 - $55,394; average $29,408.83.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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