Robert E. Pittman
Published January 16, 2016
WASHINGTON—The IHS Scholarship Program application cycle for the 2016 – 2017 academic year is now open. If you know a student who is seeking a career with a true purpose and mission, one willing to commit to working in Indian health communities where they can truly make a difference, we encourage you to direct their attention to this information on applying for an IHS scholarship.
Current scholarship recipients seeking to extend their scholarship support for the 2016 – 17 academic year must submit their online application and supporting documentation by February 28, 2016. New applicants seeking an IHS scholarship must submit their online application and supporting documentation by March 28, 2016. Please direct interested students to the IHS Scholarship Program website at www.ihs.gov/scholarship where they can complete the application process.
Since IHS began providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue health profession careers in 1978, the program has grown to support, educate and place health care professionals within medically underserved Indian health programs throughout the continental United States and Alaska. We encourage students interested in pursuing a health career to join the nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students who’ve already participated in the IHS Scholarship Program.
IHS offers three scholarship opportunities to American Indian and Alaska Native students at multiple levels of their college education. Whether they are enrolled in preparatory or prerequisite courses; matriculating toward a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and other programs; or enrolled in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses that will lead to a health profession degree, our scholarships support their educational pursuits toward a meaningful career as a full-time clinician at an Indian health facility.
Please help us encourage interested health care students to apply for this unique scholastic opportunity which will benefit their career and increase the quality of care to our Native patients and communities.
Robert E. Pittman is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and is the Acting Director for the IHS Scholarship Program and the Director of the Division of Health Professions Support in the Office of Human Resources.