Indian Health Service (IHS) Preparatory Scholarship Program provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students.
General Program Requirements
In order to be a recipient of this benefit program, you must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program.
You must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service.
Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include:
Copy of your birth certificate.
Current US passport.
Certificate of citizenship or naturalization.
A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship.
Tribal/Village Membership Requirements
Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Recipients must be a member or descendant of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village.
Health Professions Scholarship: Recipients must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village only.
Applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements:
Be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Be capable of completing a health profession degree program.
Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.
Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement documenting that you’re committed to continuing your education in your identified health profession degree program.
Health Professions Scholarship: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Contract agreeing to a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training.