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Health Professions Quick Guide


Association of Schools for the Allied Health Professions Scholarship of Excellence Award

Purpose: The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools. The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations. Students should have strong grades and coursework to gain admittance to a first-rate graduate institution.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, clinical psychologist or physician assistant, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can provide tuition assistance for up to four years of school and provide you with a monthly stipend paid directly to you of $2060.In addition, all professional school required fees and expenses, books and equipment are paid by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $200,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer.

Indian Health Services Health Professions Scholarship

The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, required fees and other educational and living expenses for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally recognized Tribes only) applying to, accepted by or enrolled in health and allied health professions programs. Students incur service obligations and payback requirements on acceptance of their scholarship award. Priority is given to graduate students and junior- and senior-level students unless otherwise specified.

Indian Health Services Pre-Graduate Scholarship

The Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in specific pre-professional areas, such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others as needed by Indian health programs.

Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship

The Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in undergraduate prerequisite or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health and allied health professional schools, such as nursing, pharmacy and others, as needed. Preparatory courses are those required to improve science, mathematics or other basic skills and knowledge. Undergraduate prerequisite courses are pre-professional studies required in order to qualify for admission to a health or allied health professions program.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship

The NHSC Scholarship Program (SP) awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care. In return, students commit to providing care at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for two to four years, upon graduation and completion of training. To be eligible you must be pursuing a degree in one of the following areas Medicine (MD or DO), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), Nurse Practitioner, Certified nurse – midwife or Physician Assistant.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Through university partnerships the NIH strengthens and expands its role as a provider of excellent training for the biomedical scientists of the future. The mission of the GPP is to establish and foster graduate education partnerships with national and international universities and institutions dedicated to quality education in biomedical basic and clinical research while providing the infrastructure and community support needed by the students in these programs.

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world's foremost centers for biomedical, behavioral and social science research and research training. The program is designed to improve access to education leading to research careers for those who have had fewer opportunities than others, and is designed to provide an incentive for exceptional scholars to pursue research careers at the NIH.

UNCF - Earl and Patricia Armstrong Scholarship

The Earl & Patricia Armstrong Scholarship, open to all students with a 3.0 or above, and who are either Pre-med, Biology or Health majors. The scholarship is for $3,000.

Nutrition Association of Food and Drug Officials Scholarship Award

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) is an international, nonprofit organization whose members are concerned with the development and enforcement of uniform food, drug and other consumer protection laws. In 1981, AFDO established a scholarship fund with the excess funds from the 75th Anniversary of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act celebration. The “George M. Burditt Scholarship” and the “Betsy B. Woodward Scholarship”, both in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college.  A third scholarship, also worth $1,500, was created in June 2008 - the "Denise C. Rooney Scholarship" will also be awarded annually. The following qualifications and conditions have been established for the award recipients:

The recipients should have demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety; should have demonstrated leadership capabilities; and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first two years of undergraduate study.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

For twenty-one consecutive years, the Makers of TYLENOL® have awarded scholarships to students pursuing a healthcare career. We believe that these students are the future, which is why we are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to applicants who have chosen a career in healthcare and excel in leadership, academic performance and community involvement.