Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program

Indian Health Service
Attn: Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 443-6197                                          Fax: (301) 443-6048


To provide financial assistance to Native American students who need compensatory or pre-professional education to qualify for enrollment in a health professions school.


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 compensatory or pre-professional general education course or curriculum.

The qualifying fields of study include

  • premedical technology
  • pre-dietetics
  • pre-nursing
  • pre-pharmacy
  • pre-physical therapy
  • pre-social work
  • pre-engineering
  • pre-saitarian (environmental health)
  • pre-occupational therapy
  • pre-clinical psychology.
Recipients must intend to serve Indian people upon completion of their professional health care education as a health care provider in the discipline for which they are enrolled at the pre-graduate level.


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 $300 for travel expenses
  • and up to $400 for approved tutorial costs


Up to 2 years of full-time study or up to 4 years of part-time study.

Number awarded

Varies each year.


April of each year.