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Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions – Funding & Opportunities

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NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for medical, nursing, and behavioral/mental health clinicians with specific training and credentials to provide evidence-based substance use disorder treatment in rural communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2022
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NHSC Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Workforce Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for eligible clinicians who agree to serve in an approved SUD treatment facility.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2022
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work at a Critical Shortage Facility or an eligible school of nursing.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2022
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Inactive
Funding for accredited schools of nursing to establish and/or operate a student loan fund. Grantees will loan money to students, and up to 85% of each loan may be forgiven upon completion of up to 4 years of full-time employment as a faculty member in an accredited school of nursing.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jan 13, 2022
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for medical, nursing, physician assistant, and dental students who agree to provide services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas of greatest need.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2021
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for researchers that are not employed by the NIH. Loan repayment awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career, not to support specific research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2021
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Delores and Charles Baker Scholarship Inactive
Need based scholarship for an underrepresented minority medical school student enrolled in an accredited program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Priority will be given to applicants that have an interest in health issues that impact rural populations and an interest in practicing in a rural setting.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 11, 2021
Sponsor: National Medical Fellowships
National Indian Health Board Dental Therapy Education Scholarship Inactive
An opportunity for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Tribal health consortia to sponsor a student or students enrolled in a dental therapy education program during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 11, 2021
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT) Inactive
Funding for accredited institutions to support traineeships for licensed nurses who are enrolled in a nurse anesthesia program, with preference given to projects that will benefit rural and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Inactive
Awards funding to health professions schools to increase diversity in the health professions workforce by providing scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Priority is given to institutions that seek to place graduates in medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 11/9/2021