U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program increases diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by providing awards to eligible health professions schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The SDS program aims to increase the: 1) number of graduates practicing in primary care, 2) enrollment and retention of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and 3) number of graduates working in medically underserved communities (MUCs).
Amount: $43,687,000 is available for approximately 99 awards of up to $650,000 each.
Eligibility: Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, public health, chiropractic, allied health, a school offering a graduate program in behavioral and mental health practice, or an entity providing programs for the training of physician assistants.
Individuals eligible for scholarships are: from a disadvantaged background; have a financial need for a scholarship; and are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible health professions or nursing school as a full-time student in a program leading to a degree in a health profession or nursing. Colleges and universities receiving SDS funds must maintain and operate a program to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
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