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On behalf of the Indian Health Service, we congratulate you on your Pre-Graduate Scholarship award! Within this newsletter, you will find an overview of the required documents needed and responsibilities you must meet to maintain your eligibility as a scholarship recipient.

Academic Requirements

You must apply annually and meet the following criteria to maintain your eligibility for continued scholarship support.

  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Be enrolled for the next semester/quarter in at least 12 credit hours or the equivalent (full time) or six to 11 credit hours (part time).
  • Maintain your enrollment status during the current academic year.
  • Be recommended for continuation by the IHS Discipline Chief in your health profession degree track.
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 your Student Handbook for additional information.

IHS Scholarship Program
Attn: Program Analyst
801 Thompson Ave., TMP-450
Rockville, MD 20852

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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, your responsibilities as a scholarship recipient and information on the IHS Extern Program.

Visit the IHS Scholarship Program website to access the Preparatory/Pre-Graduate Recipient PPT and important program news and announcements.


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) [PDF - 131KB] — Due within 30 days of the beginning of the academic term.

Official Transcripts — Due 30 days after the end of the academic term. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and contain an institutional seal and/or a registrarís signature; copies will not be accepted.

If an official transcript will not be available within 30 days, you must submit a copy of your official grade report or documentation indicating the grades you received in each class. Each of your instructors and your advisor must sign this report or documentation.


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 - 101KB] — Due immediately if you plan on transferring schools, seeking dual enrollment or anticipate a change in your graduation date.

Summer School Request (IHS-856-21) [PDF - 127 KB] — 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 - 87KB] — Due immediately to update your profile in the IHS Scholarship Program database. You must include legal documentation (for example, marriage certificate) if requesting a name change.

Request for Credit Validation (IHS-856-23) [PDF - 76KB] — 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 and our Careers page to find out about employment opportunities.

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