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NHSC sets May 7 scholarship application deadline

March 20, 2015

By Craig Palmer

Rockville, Md. — The National Health Service Corps invites scholarship applications through May 7 for the 2015-2016 school year for students pursuing primary care health professions training leading to a degree in dentistry or other specified disciplines.

The scholarship pays tuition, fees and other educational costs and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least two years in a NHSC-approved site in a community classified as an underserved health professional shortage area. For each year of financial support up to four years, the student agrees to serve one and a minimum of two years at an approved site in a high-need urban or rural community. Service begins upon graduation and completion of primary care residency training for dentists.

Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

For dental scholars entering postgraduate training in 2015-2016, the NHSC approved residencies are accredited programs in general practice dentistry (1 year), advanced education in general dentistry (1 year), pediatric dentistry (2 years) and public health dentistry (2 years).

Applicants chosen to receive scholarships will be notified no later than Sept. 30.

To learn more about the NHSC scholarship program and the application process:
  • A help call will be available only for use Thursday March 26 from 7-9 p.m. Eastern time by dialing 1-888-391-6801 and entering passcode 8081979;
  • An online webinar is available until the application process closes;
  • Application & Program Guidance and Application Checklist are available online, and
  • A customer care center number 1-800-221-9393 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern time may also be helpful for information on scholarships and loan and loan repayment programs.