The NHSC awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care. The scholarship includes:
- Payment for tuition, required fees, and other reasonable educational costs
- Monthly support stipend (taxable)
- Assistance in finding a practice site
In return, students commit to serve in the Corps for two to four years in an under served community located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) upon their graduation and licensure.
What is the Service Commitment?
National Health Service Corps Scholars are committed to serve one year for each year of support (minimum of two years service) at an approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) soon after they graduate, serve a primary care residency (family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology or psychiatry for physicians and general or pediatric for dentists) and are licensed.
Scholars compete for employment at the approved service sites of their choice from a listing of job vacancies in their discipline and specialty. The NHSC helps Scholars select a compatible service site and pays for travel to and from interviews.