The NHSC scholarship program accepts applications once each year. The scholarship
program application opens in spring of each year and applications are usually due
by late-April each year. Sign up to receive an email from the NHSC when the application program opens.
Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September
The NHSC scholarship application process is highly competitive. Each year, there are
more than 1,800 applications from hundreds of schools from across the country. Approximately
10 percent of the applicants receive the scholarship award.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must above all demonstrate
a commitment to primary care and to delivering it in underserved communities, along
with an interest to serve beyond completion of their NHSC service requirements. Other
major selection factors are excellent academic performance; a history of honoring
prior legal obligations; demonstration of financial need; and applicants being from
a disadvantaged background.