ARMED FORCES AND SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS
Updated: January 20, 2012
Air Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program
An Air Force initiative designed to provide financial assistance to students who are physically and academically qualified to become an Air Force officer and interested in attaining one of several types of health-related degrees. In exchange, these officers serve an active duty service obligation within the US Air Force Medical Service.
If you are currently on active duty, enrolled in the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) or fulltime air guard/reserve you must contact Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center at: 1-800-531-5800
If you are a civilian and are interested contact a recruiter at: http://www.airforce.com
Army Health Professions Scholarship Program
The U.S. Army Health Care Team will pay 100 percent of your tuition for a graduate-level health care degree at any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the United States or Puerto Rico. Qualifying students receive full tuition at any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program, plus a generous monthly stipend of more than $2,000. We will also pay for required books, equipment and most academic fees. Qualifying medical and dental students are also eligible to receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus.
- Be a U.S. citizen with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school
- Be enrolled in (or have a letter or acceptance from) an accredited graduate program in the U.S. or Puerto Rico (varies by specialty)
- Maintain full-time student status during the length of the program
- Qualify as a commissioned Officer in the United States Army Reserve
Your active duty service obligation to the U.S. Army is one year of service for every year you receive the scholarship. Your minimum obligation depends on your health care field.
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U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps (USPHS)
The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,500 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. Driven by a passion for public service, these men and women serve on the frontlines in the Nation's fight against disease and poor health conditions.
As one of America's seven uniformed services, the Commissioned Corps fills essential public health leadership and service roles within the Nation's Federal Government agencies and programs. The Corps has officers in many professions.
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be less than 44 years of age
- Be medically qualified
- Have a current, unrestricted professional license (if applicable)
- Have a qualifying degree or a higher degree from an accredited institution (varies depending on occupation)
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National Health Service Corps Scholarship (Army)
The NHSC Scholarship Program (SP) awards scholarships to support students who seek financial assistance in order to complete primary care health professional education. The NHSC SP pays for tuition and education-related expenses and also provides a monthly stipend for living expenses. In return for each school year or partial school year of support received, scholars agree to provide full-time primary health care services for one (1) year at an NHSC-approved site in a health professional shortage area (HPSA) of greatest shortage to which they are assigned by the Secretary of DHHS, or two (2) years of full-time service, whichever is greater.
- Medicine (MD or DO)
- Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
- Nurse practitioner
- Certified nurse-midwife
- Physician assistant
Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program
If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, clinical psychologist or physician assistant, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can provide tuition assistance for up to four years of school (two years for PA masters degree) and provide you with a monthly stipend paid directly to you of $2060.In addition, all professional school required fees and expenses, books and equipment are paid by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $200,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer.
To qualify for this program, you must:
- Be accepted to or enrolled in an AMA or AOA school of medicine.
- Be accepted to or enrolled in an ADA school of dentistry.
- Be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited Optometry school or a course leading to a Masters Degree as a Physician Assistant
- Be a U. S. citizen.
- Be physically qualified for commission as a Navy officer.
Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. The application takes about 12 - 16 weeks to complete. Applications are accepted throughout the year at any time. You can apply before receiving a letter of acceptance to medical or dental school, but you must have your letter of acceptance before you can begin receiving scholarship benefits.
Johns Hopkins University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an officer in the Army. Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete an eight-year period of service with the Army. You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners), with the balance in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
Army ROTC scholarships consist of:
- Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
- Full-tuition scholarships
- The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
- Additional allowances for books and fees
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
USU has a worldwide reputation as a center of excellence for military and public health professions education and research. Their programs are unique, related directly to force health protection, tropical diseases, disaster medicine, military and public health medical readiness and adaptation to extreme environments. USU prepares outstanding scientists and health care practitioners for careers in service to the nation.
Joining the pursuit of medicine and the call to service at the Uniformed Services University relieves the burden of costly student loans. The tuition and fees for enrollment in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine is covered by each student's parent service. Students also receive the full salary and benefits of a second lieutenant or ensign throughout all four years of school. In exchange for a tuition-free education, students commit to serving at least seven years in the uniformed service after graduation, internship and residency are complete.
Information about the UU School of Medicine is at http://www.usuhs.mil/medschool/aboutus/aboutus.html.
Other Relevant Websites:
Health Professions Scholarship Programs Overview