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National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a group of dedicated clinicians who provide primary care services to rural, "inner city" urban and frontier communities across the country where the need is greatest. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay.

The NHSC offers a scholarship opportunity to students interested in pursuing primary care training. The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program is a competitive Federal program that awards scholarships to students in return for a service commitment. One year of commitment for each year of support up to 4 years with a 2 year minimum. The scholarship is open to U. S. citizens who are full-time enrolled or accepted to an accredited U. S. health professions school.

Please refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin (AIB) for application materials and complete program guidelines. The online application and other supporting documents are available by visiting the NHSC AIB web site.  To register to be notified by email of when the application will be available please visit  https://scholarship.bcrs.hrsa.gov/.

The scholarship award will cover:

  • Full tuition and fees
  • Reasonable educational expenses
  • Monthly stipend


Recipients of the scholarship are expected to complete residency programs in one of the following areas

  • Family Practice
  • General Pediatrics
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine/Family Practice
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • General Psychiatry
  • Geriatrics


Failure to meet the NHSC service commitment will result in the following penalties:

Payback triple the amount of scholarship payments received plus interest. Payback is required in full within one year of breach of contract. Defaulting on scholarship debt may lead to Federal prosecution and loss of practice license in some states.

Due to the strict penalties of this scholarship we strongly suggest that interested students refer to the AIB for complete program guidelines or contact the Student Financial Services Office.

Other programs offered by the National Health Service Corps.

  • Ambassador Program
  • SEARCH Program
  • Loan Repayment Program
  • Job Opportunities List
  • Ready Responders Program
  • Site Support


For information about these other programs or questions about the online application, visit the NHSC website.  You may also email the HRSA Call center at gethelp@hrsa.gov or phone (800) 221-9393.

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