Are you applying to the NHSC this year?

  • Yes

    Votes: 47 63.5%
  • No

    Votes: 12 16.2%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 7 9.5%
  • already got it! :)

    Votes: 8 10.8%

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Scholarship is now open!
Due: Thursday May 16, 2019 by 7:30pm
Awards Available: approx 155
This scholarship is really competitive so good luck to everyone!

NHSC 2018-2019 Forum

Essay Questions:
*Essay 1: How will you contribute to the mission of the National Health Service Corps in providing care to underserved communities?
*Essay 2: What experiences have you had or activities have you participated in that have prepared you to work with underserved populations?
*Essay 3: Please discuss your commitment to pursue a career in primary health care.

What does the scholarship offer?
Tuition and fees for your school paid for as well as a monthly living stipend.

How do you pay back?
For each year that you use the scholarship, you give a give of pay back at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation. A minimum of 2 years of giving back is required and a maximum of 4 years of financial support will be given.

Here is a link to the application and program guide: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/downloads/spapplicationguide.pdf

The application is officially CLOSED! Thanks @Pearl E. White for the breakdown of whats to come!

For reference, here is a list of the dates (as recorded by SDN users) for updates on the scholarship last year.
Credit Check: Shown on credit report from "Credco"
1st round - July 17
2nd round - Aug 3
Finalist Notification: Recipients received an email to check portal for an update
1st round - Aug 8
2nd round - Aug 13
3rd round - Aug 16
Counter-signature Notification: After downloading a copy of the contract, it was signed by Jamie King
Sept 14

Keep in mind these dates will likely be a week or 2 earlier than ours because their deadline to submit was a week earlier. Wishing everyone the best of luck! :highfive:
 
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I already asked for LoRs and wrote my essays. Anything else I can do while I wait for it to open?
 

cooliyak

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I already asked for LoRs and wrote my essays. Anything else I can do while I wait for it to open?
You could round up the other paperwork since you are already done with those things. You need transcripts, proof of citizenship, and a CV/resume as well. The rest isn’t available until the application opens.
 
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quick question. So unfortunately i didn't receive it last year so I am re-applying. How much do you recommenced I change my essay questions if not much really changed except im in dental school rn.
 

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quick question. So unfortunately i didn't receive it last year so I am re-applying. How much do you recommenced I change my essay questions if not much really changed except im in dental school rn.
Rewrite them. They are one of the weightier components in determining if you get the scholarship.
 
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Do you guys know if it is rolling admissions (like dental school admissions) or do they just review them all and pick the best? I'm trying to decide if it is important to submit right when it opens or if it's fine to get it in anytime before the deadline.
 

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Do you guys know if it is rolling admissions (like dental school admissions) or do they just review them all and pick the best? I'm trying to decide if it is important to submit right when it opens or if it's fine to get it in anytime before the deadline.
It is not rolling.
 

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Does anyone know exactly when it opens?
 

cooliyak

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Is there a word limit for the essays?
Yes. Previously it was 2,500 characters/essay, but recently, the application guide changed to 500 words/essay. There has been some confusion surrounding which one it is, but I believe most people stick to whichever one is less just to be safe.
 
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pigman5010

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Anyone else noticed that the second funding priority and third funding priority have swapped places?
 
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Anyone have an idea how important specific reference letters are compared with essay / overall application?
 

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Anyone have an idea how important specific reference letters are compared with essay / overall application?
Essays are most important. Followed by letters and CV. There used to be a grading ruberic posted somewhere, but it has since been taken down.
 
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Is there a number or email available to ask questions specifically about this scholarship application? The contact numbers are for BHW and other things.
 
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Does the disadvantaged background verification need to be sent to the financial aid office of our dental school or undergrad?
 

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Is there a number or email available to ask questions specifically about this scholarship application? The contact numbers are for BHW and other things.
I think that is all there is. They will likely have some webinars where you can ask questions. The webinars will be your best bet.
 

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Would it be okay to use LORs that I used for my medical school applications? I already have them in interfolio.
 

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Would it be okay to use LORs that I used for my medical school applications? I already have them in interfolio.
I always recommend getting new letters. They are looking for very different things in these letters than your program application letters. And with how important they are, why not get new ones to increase your chances?
 
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Would someone be willing to tell me how many words/characters the essays can be? I have the questions answered already, but if it is too long, I want to work on deleting some. I still have to confirm one of my LORs so I can't advance to the essay page unfortunately. Thanks in advance!
 

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Would someone be willing to tell me how many words/characters the essays can be? I have the questions answered already, but if it is too long, I want to work on deleting some. I still have to confirm one of my LORs so I can't advance to the essay page unfortunately. Thanks in advance!
Either 2,500 characters/essay or 500 words/essay. It has been unclear in the past. Safest thing is try to meet both requirements.
 
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I called today to confirm and the lady on the phone said that word count has been the question of the day! She confirmed that is 500 words/essay and not 2,500 characters (despite what the portal says). I guess it's because there's no wiggle room with 500 words while there might be confusion with whether the 2,500 characters included spaces or not.
 

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What are you guys putting for program dates? I can’t find an academic calendar for all four years?
Usually your school will have at least a graduation date and you should know your orientation date by now. From there, you can estimate the rest. It doesn’t have to be exact.
 
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Is anyone else's school all year round (fall, spring, summer terms)? I had trouble putting the start and end dates of all four years since it has to fit within the NHSC SP fiscal year of July 1st and June 30th. I just entered from fall to spring. Do you think that'll suffice?
 

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If you are admitted somewhere but end up getting in off a waitlist somewhere else, do you think it matters? I will likely ask them soon anyway, but curious if anyone knows.
 

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Is anyone else's school all year round (fall, spring, summer terms)? I had trouble putting the start and end dates of all four years since it has to fit within the NHSC SP fiscal year of July 1st and June 30th. I just entered from fall to spring. Do you think that'll suffice?
That is what happened with me so I just put the end of the year at June 30 and the beginning at July 1.
 

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If you are admitted somewhere but end up getting in off a waitlist somewhere else, do you think it matters? I will likely ask them soon anyway, but curious if anyone knows.
It does. There have been multiple cases where people have been disqualified due to that. Make sure to call them and ask specifically how to handle that. I know at least one person who was able to make that work.
 
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For the start and end dates that we are requesting funding, do we put the years we will be in dental school?
So I'm asking for 2 years and classes start Sept. Would I put Sept 2019-August 2020 and Sept 2020-Aug 2021?
 

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For the start and end dates that we are requesting funding, do we put the years we will be in dental school?
So I'm asking for 2 years and classes start Sept. Would I put Sept 2019-August 2020 and Sept 2020-Aug 2021?
It has to fit within their fiscal year, so I would say Sep 2019-June 2020 and July 2020 to June 2021
 
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has anyone found out if you send the Disadvantaged form to your undergrad or dental school before I call tomorrow?
 

cooliyak

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has anyone found out if you send the Disadvantaged form to your undergrad or dental school before I call tomorrow?
I believe it is the dental school, but I’d need a second on that before you go with it. I didn’t fill one out, but I believe someone in the past had the same question and determined it was dental school.
 
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Is it recommended to try and write close to the 500 word count limit or is it okay to write closer to 300? Does length matter?
 
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Hi all,
In order to apply for this scholarship, you would have to commit to primary care right?
 
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