Scholarship Connections
Your Health Career Starts Here

Congratulations on your Health Professions scholarship award! We encourage you to follow the guidelines contained within this newsletter as you take the next step toward fulfilling your goal of pursuing a health professions career.

Academic Requirements

You must meet the following academic requirements to maintain your eligibility:

  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Maintain your enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student during the current academic year in order to meet the graduation date agreed upon when accepting your scholarship.
  • Submit a letter from the institution verifying that you are in good academic standing and eligible to continue in the program.
Tutorial Assistance
Financial assistance for tutorial services is now included as part of your pre-approved educational expenses. You will receive up to $400, depending on your enrollment status, as part of your August payment to assist with the cost of hiring a tutor or registering for licensure/board certification preparatory courses. Refer to the Recipient Handbook [PDF - 4000KB] for more information.
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The IHS Scholarship Program has created a Recipient Orientation PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) Series to provide you with more in-depth information on the program and your responsibilities as a scholarship recipient.

Reporting Requirements
Where to Send Materials

You are responsible for submitting all documentation to your IHS Scholarship Program Analyst (unless specified otherwise) at the address below. Refer to the Recipient Handbook [PDF - 4000KB] for additional information.

Indian Health Service
Scholarship Program
Attn: Program Analyst
801 Thompson Ave., TMP Suite 450A
Rockville, MD 20852


You are required to submit the following documentation at the beginning or end of every academic term:

Recipient Initial Program Progress Report (IHS-856-8) — Within 30 days of the beginning of the academic term.

Official Transcripts — Due 30 days after the end of each academic term. Your transcript must arrive in a sealed envelope with an institutional seal and/or a registrarís signature; copies are not accepted.


You should submit the following documentation, when necessary:

Notification of Academic Problem (IHS-856-9) [PDF - 131KB] — Due immediately if you encounter issues such as academic probation, reduction in credit hours, cancelled or dropped courses or withdrawal from school.

Change of Status (IHS-856-10) [PDF - 102KB]— Due immediately if you plan to transfer schools, seek dual enrollment or anticipate a change in your graduation date.

Lost Stipend Payment (IHS-856-19) [PDF - 86KB] — Send via email or to your Grants Scholarship Coordinator at the address below after the seventh day of the month following the month that you did not receive a stipend payment.

Division of Grants Operations
Attn. Grants Scholarship Coordinator
801 Thompson Ave., TMP-360
Rockville, MD 20852

Summer School Request (IHS-856-21) [PDF - 127KB] — Due April 22. This form must be completed and signed by your school advisor and include your major curriculum.

Change of Name or Address (IHS-856-22) [PDF - 90KB] — Due immediately. You must include legal documentation (for example, a marriage certificate) if requesting a name change.

Request for Credit Validation (IHS-856-23) [PDF - 87KB] — This allows your Program Analyst to release pertinent information from your file to a credit card company, bank, department store, etc., for the purpose of securing a lease for an apartment, home loan or other financial need.


Learn More

The mission of the Indian Health Service is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.

Visit the IHS website to learn more about a career in Indian health.

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