Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship Program

Indian Health Service
Attn: Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120
Rockville, MD 208852
(301) 443-6197                                                Fax: (301)443-6048


To provide financial support to American Indian students interested in majoring in pre-medicine, pre-podiatry, or pre-dentistry in college.


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 to prepare for entry into a school of medicine, podiatry, or dentistry


Priority is given to students entering their junior or senior year; support is provided to freshmen and sophomores only if remaining funds are available.

Selection is based on

    • academic performance
    • work experience
    • community background
    • faculty/employer recommendations
    • applicant's reasons for seeking the scholarship.


Recipients must intend to serve Indian people upon completion of their professional health care education.

Financial data

Awards provide a payment directly to the school for tuition and required fees;

    • a stipend for living expenses of approximately $1,250 per month for 10 months
    • a lump sum to cover the costs of books, laboratory expenses, and other necessary educational expenses
    • a payment of $3,000 for travel expenses
    • and up to $400 for approved tutorial costs.



Up to 4 years of full-time study or up to 8 years of part-time study

Number awarded

Varies each year


April of each year