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National Health Service Corps Scholarship

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program is a competitive federal program that awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training leading to:

  • A degree in medicine (allopathic or osteopathic)
  • A degree in dentistry
  • A postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate from a school or program in nurse-midwifery education, physician assistant (PA) education, or nurse practitioner (NP) education specializing in adult medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric-mental health, or women’s health. 

In return, scholars commit to providing primary care health services in underserved communities. Administered by the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the program provides support to students who seek financial assistance to complete primary care health professions education. 

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation. Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility. Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

Application Deadline: April

Information
Current Status: 
Senior, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Other: 
Graduate Study, Financial Need (including Pell Grant recipient), Underrepresented Groups
Procedure: 
Direct Submission
Fields of Study: 
Health-related
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8199
univfellowships@psu.edu