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Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.925
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 3, 2020

For programmatic issues and technical assistance:
Denise Sorrell

For business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Curtis Colston


The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program promotes diversity among health profession students and practitioners by providing scholarships to full-time students with financial need 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 allowable costs. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that work to place graduates in medically underserved communities.


Eligible applicants are accredited programs or schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing (as defined in section 801 of the PHS Act), 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.

Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply if all other eligibility requirements are met.

To be eligible, applicants must also be carrying out a program to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Applicants must demonstrate that the program has achieved success based on the percentage of disadvantaged students who are enrolled and have graduated from the school. At least 20% of their enrolled students and graduates must be disadvantaged.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $650,000 per year
Number of awards: 79
Project period: 5 years
Total funding available: $43,687,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physicians · Poverty · Primary care · Public health · Racial and ethnic groups · Scholarships for health careers

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