Federal Healthcare Scholarships

Healthcare Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The Bureau of Health Professions, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers need-based scholarships for students in healthcare and medicine education programs.

The Bureau’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses).

Apply for this scholarship at the student financial aid office of the school where you are or intend to be enrolled.

Eligible Disciplines

Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of:

  • medicine
  • osteopathic medicine
  • dentistry
  • optometry
  • pharmacy
  • podiatric medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree)
  • public health
  • chiropractic
  • allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians)
  • graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy)
  • programs providing training of physician assistants

Eligible Applicants

You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are:

  • From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.
  • A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of the HHS Bureau of Health Professions is to increase the population’s access to health care by providing national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that can adapt to the population’s changing health care needs and provide the highest quality of care for all.