American Indian: Medicine & Health Related Scholarships

Medicine and Health Related Fields

Listed below are scholarships and fellowships related to medicine and health related professions.

For science, math, engineering and computer science scholarships or environmental, natural resources, forestry and agriculture scholarships please follow the links below.
Science, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science Scholarships
Environmental, Natural Resources, Forestry and Agriculture Scholarships

MEDICINE & HEALTH RELATED FIELDS

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HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Award amount: Each recipient will receive a $40,000 scholarship towards tuition and other expenses at the AUPHA full-member graduate school program of his or her choice.

Deadline: April

Eligibility: 

  • Have applied and been accepted into an AUPHA Full Member master's degree program for start in Fall of 2018, but not before August 1st. Search the AUPHA Online Directory for eligible member programs. Under "Program Accreditation/Certification", select the box for "CAHME Accredited Graduate Programs". Scroll down the screen and select "Find a Program". Then scroll down the screen to see the list of eligible program
  • Be a full-time student
  • Be a student of color (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, Multiracial)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) in undergraduate coursework 
  • Have US citizenship or permanent resident status

Contact:

Carly Evans at cevans@aupha.org, call 202-763-7283
Corris Boyd Scholarship
AUPHA
1730 M Street NW, Suite 407
Washington, DC 20036

https://www.aupha.org/main/resourcecenter/

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HEALTH SERVICES COLLEGIATE PROGRAM

Award amount: Up to $19,000, tuition reimbursement and housing.
Deadline: Call above number
Eligibility:

  • Must be student entering the junior year of college, under the age of 35 with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Must be African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian American.
  • Must be U.S. citizen attending an ADA accredited dental school.
  • Active duty service requirement upon completion of program.


Contact:

Dental Corp Scholarship
Dept. of the Navy
Medical Programs Director
5722 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38054
P: (901) 874-9251
www.med.navy.mil

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AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC FOUNDATION

Awards:
Several Scholarships are available:

  • Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowships
  • Ezell Fellowships
  • Antoinette Molinari Memorial Scholarship
  • Vincent Salierno Scholarship
  • Vistakon Research Grants
  • J. Pat Cummings Acuvue Scholarship
  • Essilor Optical Technology Grants
  • Rosemore Low Vision Grants


Purpose:
To encourage talented persons to pursue full time careers in Optometric research in schools of optometry. Visit the website for more information.
Contact:
6110 Executive Blvd. Ste 506
Rockville, MD 20852
(301)984-4734
www.aaopt.org

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JIMMY A. YOUNG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to minority college students interested in becoming respiratory therapists.
Eligibility: Applicants must be members of a minority group, be able to demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in an accredited respiratory therapy program, have completed a minimum of 1 semester or quarter of the program, have earned at least a 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale), and be a U.S. citizen or applicants for U.S. citizenship. Applicants must turn in six copies of an original reference paper on some aspect of respiratory care and have recommendations from the program director and medical doctor. The foundation prefers that the candidates be nominated by a school or program, but any student may initiate a request for sponsorship by a school (in order that a deserving candidate is not denied the opportunity to compete simply because the school does not initiate the application).
Award Amount: The stipend is $1,000
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: May 31st
Contact:
American Respiratory Care Foundation
11030 Ables Lane
Dallas, TX 75229-4524
www.arcfoundation.org

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INDIAN HEALTH PREPARATORY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR INDIANS

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to Native American students who need compensatory preprofessional education to qualify for enrollment or reenrollment in a health professions school.
Eligibility: Native American students eligible to apply for the scholarships are those who have:

  • Completed a high school education or high school equivalency and need compensatory preprofessional education to enroll in a health professions school.
  • Acquired a baccalaureate degree and need compensatory preprofessional education to qualify for enrollment in a health professions school
  • Been enrolled in a health professions school but are no longer enrolled and need preprofessional education to qualify for readmission to a health professions school. For the purposes of this program, “compensatory preprofessional education” means any preprofessional education necessary to compensate for deficiencies in a student’s prior education in order to qualify for enrollment in a health professions school.


Areas of study include:
Pre-dietetics, premedical technology, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre social work and pre engineering.
Award Amount: Awards range from $5,000 to $12,000 per year, depending upon the funds available and the academic needs of the recipient.
Duration: Up to 2 years
Number awarded: Varies, approximately 80 each year.
Deadline: February of each year
Contact:
Indian Health Service - Oklahoma City Area
701 Market Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
P: (405) 951-3970
F: (405) 951-3953
www.scholarship.ihs.gov

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INDIAN HEALTH PREGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Purpose: To provide financial support for American Indian students interested in pursuing postsecondary education in pre-medicine or pre-dentistry.
Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be American Indians or Alaska Natives: be high school graduates or the equivalent; have the capacity to complete a health professions course of study;
  • and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program for pre-medicine or its equivalent.
  • Applicants must provide verification from a school official (preferably for an undergraduate curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and represent 12 credit hours per semester/quarter/term, or the equivalent of full-time at the applicant’s school).

Selection: Based on academic performance, work experience, and community background, faculty/employer recommendations, and applicant’s reasons for seeking the scholarship. Priority funding considerations are given to students who are currently receiving a Health Professions Scholarship and/or who have completed a compensatory/pre-professional education program under the Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Programs for Indians.
Award Amount: The level of the scholarship benefits (i.e. stipend, travel reimbursement, cost of books) is contingent on the availability of funds appropriated each fiscal year by Congress and, therefore, is subject to change each year. Students receive approximately $800 per month for living expenses (including room and board); in addition to the stipend, the program covers tuition and related fees, books, travel, and other necessary educational expenses. Daily commuting costs are reimbursed.
Duration: 1 year, may be renewed for up to three additional years.
Number awarded: Varies, approximately 60 each year.
Deadline: February of each year.
Contact:
Indian Health Service - Oklahoma City Area
701 Market Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
P: (405) 951-3970
F: (405) 951-3953
www.scholarship.ihs.gov

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INDIAN HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAM

Purpose: To provide financial support to students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs.
Eligibility: Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and be enrolled in a full time study leading to a degree in a health related professions school within the United States. Even though non-Indian students may apply for this program, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Public Law 94-437) requires that priority for the awards be given to Indian applicants. Both the number of Indian applicants and the level of appropriations limit the availability of scholarship awards to non-Indians.
Award Amount: The stipend generally ranges from $7,000 to $12,000 per year; the average grant is $8,500. Funds are to be used for tuition, books, and other necessary expenses.
Duration: 1 year, renewable
Special Features: Awards are made in the following categories: nutrition, dietetics, health administration, social work, physical therapy, medical records, and other related health areas.
Limitations: Upon completion of their program of study, recipients are required to serve for a payback period (1 year for each year of scholarship support).
Number awarded: Varies, generally, 400 each year.
Deadline: February of each year.
Contact:
Indian Health Service - Oklahoma City Area
701 Market Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
P: (405) 951-3970
F: (405) 951-3953
www.scholarship.ihs.gov

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AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

Purpose:
The American Dental Association administers scholarship programs to full time students pursuing a career in dentistry.
Eligibility: To be considered, students must be U.S. Citizen, document financial need, and be a member of the African American, Hispanic, or Native American minority group enrolled in dental school; have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, and have a financial need of at least $2,500.
Application: To apply for these scholarships, request applications and information call the number listed above or write to the ADA Endowment and Assistance Fund.
Number awarded: Varies according to funding. Each award is for $1,000.
Deadlines: July 1st.
Contact:
American Dental Association
211 Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312)440-2567
www.ada.org

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A.T. ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: June 1st
Duration: 1 year, renewable
Amount: $1,000/year
Requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Major in the areas of engineering and related disciplines, health science and related disciplines, and business and related disciplines.
  • Proof of Tribal enrollment is required. Consideration may be given for extenuating circumstances regarding family background and tribal ancestry.
  • Student member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Comments: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) scholarships are for leaderships and academic excellence. They are intended to offset unmet need, loans, and or student work. The student is responsible to assure that reporting requirements to the university are met. Note: Awards will be given within the major degree guideline of the donor.
Contact:
AISES
P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828
www.aises.org

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OKLAHOMA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility: Students enrolled in a two-year community college junior college or four year university who are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate level students; for use during the sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate years. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic achievement, recommendations and/or references, and personal statement and is only for students who are majoring in occupational therapy in an Oklahoma college or university.
Deadline: January 10th
Contact:
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
P: (301) 652-26611 ext. 2550
www.aotf.org

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NAVY HEALTH SERVICES COLLEGIATE PROGRAM

Eligibility: Each candidate must possess a 3.0 gpa, and be seeking a degree as an optometrist, physician assistant, dentist, health care administrator, physical therapist, environmental health specialist, industrial hygienist, or pharmacist. Chosen students will be required to work as a military health officer upon graduation.
Application: Contact your Navy Officer Programs Recruiter for application procedures. www.navy.com/findarecruiter/
Award Amount:
Up to $42,000
Deadline: Not specific.
Contact:
Navy Recruiting Command
Public Affairs Office
5722 Integrity Drive, Bldg 784
Millington, TN 38054
www.cnrc.navy.mil/

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AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Description of Award:
This is an annual award offered to minority physical therapist students by the Physical Therapy Fund.
Application: May be downloaded from website.
Award Amount: Monetary amount to be determined, medallion, certificate, participation in Mentor Program.
Deadline: To be received at APTA Headquarters by December 2.
Contact:
Department of Minority/International Affair
APTA, 111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
P: (800) 999-2782 ext. 3144
P: (703) 706-3144
www.apta.org

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IHS LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

Purpose:
To provide financial assistance to Native Americans who are studying a health-related curriculum in graduate school and would be willing to work at an IHS facility upon graduation.
Eligibility: Eligible to apply are Native Americans who are enrolled as full-time students in the final year of a program leading to a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or other health profession. They must be eligible for appointment in the regular or reserve corps of the Public Health Service or for civilian service in the IHS.
Award Amount: The loan/loan forgiveness program awards range from $3,000 to $75,000. Each year, a total of $4 million is distributed through the program.
Duration: At least 2 years; the exact amount of service time required depends on the amount awarded or forgiven.
Limitations: Recipients must agree to serve for a predetermined period at a facility the Indian Health Service has designated as a retention/recruitment site or in a designated specialty at a site with an appropriate position.
Deadline: Deadline varies; check the latest issue of the Federal Register for the current schedule.
Indian Health Service
Loan Repayment Program
801 Thompson Ave., Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20852
P: (301) 443-3396
F: (301) 443-4815
www.ihs.gov

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HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES


Purpose: The Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences program promotes excellence in biomedical research by helping prospective researchers with exceptional promise obtain high-quality graduate education.
Duration: 3 years with possible continuation for two additional years of full support (dependent upon fellow’s academic progress).
Award Amount: Annual stipend of $14,000 and a $11,700 cost-of-education allowance.
Required Field of Study: The fellowship is intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study toward a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the designated fields. Those eligible at the time of application may be college seniors, college graduates with no or limited post baccalaureate graduate study in the biological sciences, or first-year graduate students.
Application: Applicants are expected to apply via the web. Sample application materials, instructions, and this program announcement can be found at the web site. If, for technical reasons, you are unable to apply via the web, or if you need additional information about the predoctoral program, contact at the aforementioned address.
Deadline: November 13
Contact:
Hughes Predoctoral Fellowships
The Fellowship Office
National Research Council
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20418
P: (202) 334-2872
F: (202) 334-3419
E: infofell@nas.edu
www.hhmi.org

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INDIANS INTO PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Deadline:
February 1 of each year.
Services Provided: Academic assistance, financial assistance when possible, career preparation and support, personal support, and social/cultural support.
Requirements:

  • Enrollment in a Federally recognized tribe;
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in psychology. Undergraduates must be working toward a degree in psychology with interests in graduate study. Masters degrees in other fields do not count toward doctoral program of study
  • Must take or have taken the GRE exam with scores available by February 1.


Contact:

Dr. Doug McDonald
Director, Psychology Department
University of North Dakota
P.O. Box 8380
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8380
www.und.edu/org/inpsyde/

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OKLAHOMA PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING COMMISSION RURAL MEDICAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP LOAN PROGRAM

Purpose: To assist Oklahoma's rural communities as approved by PMTC and to provide financial assistance (through a scholarship loan forgiveness program) to residents of the State of Oklahoma who are enrolled in a medical college and who have as their goal the practice of primary care medicine in rural Oklahoma.
Eligibility: Participant agrees to practice in a qualified Oklahoma rural community. Participant must be currently enrolled in (or has been accepted into) a medical college and plans to do internship/residency in a primary care specialty. Participant has no other assistance which has a conflicting service obligation requirement. Must be a resident of the State of Oklahoma.
Amount: $60,000.00 * $15,000 each for first, second, third, and fourth years. Payable monthly. Service Obligation: One year of practice in a qualified Oklahoma rural community for each year of scholarship loan. (Must practice at least two years for any credit to be given.)
Penalty: If the medical school graduate goes into a residency program other than in primary care, payback of three times the principal and accrued interest may be due immediately.
If the physician decides not to repay his/her obligated scholarship loan by practicing medicine in rural Oklahoma, he/she may be required to repay three times the principal amount, plus interest in accordance with the terms of the contract.
Contact:
Physician Manpower Training Commission
One Western Plaza Building
5500 North Western Avenue, Suite 201
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118
P: (405) 843-5667
F: (405) 843-5792
www.pmtc.ok.gov

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MINORITY HEALTH DISPARITIES SUMMER RESEARCH OPPRTUNITIES

Purpose:
The University of Arizona is offering summer research opportunities focusing on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner. American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander undergraduates between their junior and senior years in majors leading to biomedical careers will engage in specific research projects at the University of Arizona under the supervision of faculty conducting research on minority health issues. You will also present your research at the Summer Colloquium.
Eligibility:

  • Of American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander decent (i.e., groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical careers)
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Major in fields leading to biomedical careers (i.e., Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Nutritional Sciences, etc.)
  • Have completed a minimum of 75 semester units toward your bachelor’s degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Be interested in pursuing graduate education in a biomedical field.

Program Attributes:

  • June through August (10 weeks)
  • Students will receive a stipend of $4000
  • Round trip airfare is provided from anywhere in the US and Puerto Rico
  • 6 units of upper division research credit
  • Compete for one of seven $1000 travel awards to attend a national conference (SANCAS or ABRCMS) to present your research poster
  • Housing will be available at the University of Arizona residence halls.


Deadline:
February 1st
Application: Download from website.
Contact:
Graduate College Diversity Programs
1031 N. Mountain Ave
Tucson, AZ 85721-0102
P: 520-626-0095
F: 520-626-3590
www.grad.arizona.edu/mhd

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INITIATIVE FOR MAXIMIZING STUDENT DIVERSITY (IMSD) FOR PH.D.s IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Purpose: The Graduate Program offers the prestigious National Institute of Health Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD) Graduate Study Awards to outstanding underrepresented minority students who are admitted to one of eleven Ph.D. biological programs at the University of Arizona. The intent of the NIH/IMSD Scholars program is to provide 5 years of funding, in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers and individual health insurance, as long as satisfactory progress is made toward the Ph.D. degree.
Eligibility:

  • African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Latino, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander
  • US citizens or permanent US resident
  • Accepted into one of the participating University of Arizona Ph.D. programs

Program Attributes:

  • Scholars receive $20,766 in funding
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition waivers
  • Health Insurance
  • Experience 3-4 laboratory rotations prior to choosing a research mentor
  • Participate in a colloquium designed to teach graduate school survival skills
  • Receive $1000 in travel funds to attend a national scientific conference.

Contact:
Graduate College Diversity Programs
1031 N. Mountain Ave
Tucson, AZ 85721-0102
P: 520-626-0095
F: 520-626-3590
www.grad.arizona.edu/imsd/phd-program

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Purpose: The program provides training opportunities in their research laboratories, branches, and sections for pre-doctoral students, as well as newly qualified post-doctorial scientists in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. It is designed to engage its participants in research studies under the direction of the NIDA Intramural Research Programs Preceptors and to enhance their research skills through participation in ongoing research investigations.
Eligibility: Pre-doctoral IRTA Fellows- candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a biomedical, behavioral, or related science in good academic standing. It is expected that applicants be engaged in training directly related to the dissertation phase of their pre-doctoral education or that they be students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and have written permission from their school to either delay entrance for up to one year or to interrupt their current schooling and return within one year to their degree granting program.
Post-doctoral IRTA Fellows candidates must possess a doctoral degree in a biomedical, behavioral, or related science, or possess university certification showing that they meet all the requirements leading to such a doctorate and have 5 or fewer years of professional level, relevant post-doctoral research experience and up to two additional years not oriented toward research. For medical doctors, this excludes any time spent serving internships and residency programs
Candidates must be US citizens or have alien resident status.

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CDC - PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Purpose: To provide training and experience in applying computer and information science and technology to real public health problems. The fellowship program is a two-year applied, competency-based training program for professionals with education and experience in information and computer science and technology and public health or health care.
Contact:
Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd., NE
Mailstop E-92
Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
P: 404 498-6219
F: 404-498-6135
E: phifp@cdc.gov
www.cdc.gov/PHIFP/

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2011 BARBARA JORDAN HEALTH POLICY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is accepting applications for the 2011 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. This intensive summer program provides college students with an opportunity to work on policy issues in a congressional office and to engage in original health policy research and analysis under the guidance of Foundation research staff.

College seniors and recent college graduates who have a strong interest in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities or who are themselves a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial and ethnic health disparities are eligible to apply.

Contact:
Headquarters
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
P: (650) 854-9400
F: (650) 854-4800
www.kff.org

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AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation - Minority Scholars Program
The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program supports the cost of travel and registration for 15 scholars to attend the Annual Research Meeting (ARM), pre-ARM Methods Workshops and the Disparities Interest Group Annual Meeting. The program also covers the cost of AcademyHealth membership. The goal of the program is to support the professional development of underrepresented minorities in the field of health services research (HSR). Students and fellows with an interest in HSR and/or disparities research are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted between January 1 - March 1, 2013. For more information and to download an application, visit
http://www.academyhealth.org/Training/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4228