The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. We strive to develop our next generation of leaders, as well as help make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.
- Preparatory Scholarship: For undergraduate students preparing for enrollment in health professions degree programs.
- Pre-Graduate Scholarship: Supports undergraduate students aiming for degrees in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-nursing, etc.
- Health Professions Scholarship: For both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in eligible health profession degree programs.
- Must be a member or descendant of federally recognized, state-recognized, or terminated Tribes.
- Enrolled in preparatory, prerequisite courses (Preparatory Scholarship) or courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in specific health-related fields (Pre-Graduate Scholarship).
- Enrolled in eligible health profession degree programs for the Health Professions Scholarship.
- A commitment to serve in full-time clinical practice upon completion of academic or post-graduate clinical training is required for the Health Professions Scholarship recipients.
- Determine eligibility and scholarship program alignment.
- Complete the application form, including all required documentation and essays.
- Submit the application by the specified deadline for the chosen scholarship program.
The Indian Health Service, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. Throughout their generosity, they also provide scholarships.