The Indian Health Service (IHS) is soliciting applications, via the attached March 18, 2013, Federal RegiSTER notice for FY 2013 full- and part-time scholarships. Native Americans and Alaska Natives are invited to apply under the three programs described below. The total funding is $14 million for continuation and new awards combined. No more than five percent of funds may be used for scholarships for part-time students. The deadline for applications for continuation and new awards is April 14, 2013.
• Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships and Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships. Up to $1.5 million will be allocated for approximately 60 awards. Eligible applicants are members of federally or state recognized tribes and first and second degree descendants of federal or state recognized tribal members and Alaska Natives. Applicants for the Preparatory program must have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education course or curriculum. Applicants for the Pregraduate program must have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited pregraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry or
• Indian Health Professions. Approximately $12.5 million will be allocated for an estimated 300 awards. This scholarship is available only to members of federally recognized tribes who are enrolled in an accredited school and pursuing a course of study in a health profession as defined by section 1603(10) of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
The attached notice provides IHS contact information for questions regarding the scholarship programs. It also describes the eligibility requirements and lists the health profession priority areas. Application packets may be obtained from the regional scholarship coordinators listed in the notice.