Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program

The goal of this program is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.

Sponsor: Indian Health Services (IHS), Department of Health & Human Services

Description

The IHS Scholarship Program, created by authority of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, is designed to help the agency achieve this mission by providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students focused on the health professions in a variety of fields — people like you who will fill Indian health program staffing needs.

Eligibility

The following are general eligibility requirements for students applying for any one of the three IHS scholarship programs. Applicants must meet both the general requirements and the specific requirements listed for the individual scholarship program they are applying for in order to be considered. The detailed description for each separate scholarship program lists the specific requirements for that program. For more eligibility requirement details please download the Application Handbook (PDF - 3926KB) from the website http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/Scholarships/eligibility.html.

Citizenship: You must be a citizen of the United States at the time you apply for an IHS scholarship award. Permanent resident aliens and other aliens are not eligible to apply.

Documentation of American Indian/Alaska Native Eligibility

Submit a copy of an approved Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Certification Form (PDF - 145KB) with your application. You must use BIA Certification Form 4432, as follows:

* American Indian: Category A — Members of federally recognized Tribes, Bands or Communities
* Alaska Native: Category D — Alaska Native

In the absence of BIA certification, provide documentation that you meet the requirements of Tribal membership as prescribed by the charter, articles of incorporation or other legal instrument of the Tribe, and have been officially designated as a Tribal member as evidenced by an accompanying document signed by an authorized Tribal official, or other evidence of Tribal membership satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior.

If you are a member of a Tribe terminated since 1940 or a state-recognized Tribe, provide official documentation that you meet the requirements of Tribal membership as prescribed by the charter, articles of incorporation or other legal instrument of the Tribe and have been officially designated as a Tribal member as evidenced by an accompanying document signed by an authorized Tribal official; or other evidence, satisfactory to the Secretary of Interior, that you are a member of the Tribe. In addition, if the terminated or state-recognized Tribe of which you are a member is not on a list of such Tribes published by the Secretary of Interior in the Federal Register, you must submit an official signed document that the Tribe has been terminated since 1940 or is recognized by the state in which the Tribe is located in accordance with the law of that state.

If you are not a Tribal member but are a natural child or grandchild of a Tribal member, you must submit:

* Evidence of that fact, i.e., your birth certificate and/or your parent’s birth certificate showing the name of the Tribal member
* Evidence of your parent’s or grandparent’s Tribal membership in accordance with the paragraphs above. The relationship to the Tribal member must be clearly documented.

NOTE: If you meet the criteria of a terminated Tribe or are a descendent, you are only eligible for the Preparatory or Pre-Graduate Scholarships.

How to Apply

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please download the Application Handbook (PDF - 3926KB) http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/Scholarships/eligibility.html or contact the department at:
IHS Scholarship Program Office, 801 Thompson Ave., Suite 120,
Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: (301) 443-6197, Fax: (301) 443-6048.