NHSC Scholarship Program

Students pursuing medical and primary care careers can receive a recurring scholarship. In return, students commit to serving for 2 to 4 years after graduation and completion of training.

NHSC Scholarship Program

Award Amount - Unknown
Difficulty - Medium
Competition - Medium


Scholarships are awarded each year to students pursuing primary care careers. In return, students commit to serving for 2 to 4 years after graduation and completion of training.

Scholarship PIN: S00009   Local PIN: NAT0001

Award Amount     

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.


You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

U.S. citizen or U.S. national
Full-time student at an accredited school

Competition Level     

This scholarships competition level is medium because it’s a national scholarship that is well-known.  However, the requirements limit the amount of students that are able to apply — decreasing the amount of competition.


The NHSC Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. The current deadline is for 2016 applications April 28, 2016 by 7:30 p.m. EST.

How to Apply      

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