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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cooliyak

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Do you think there is a danger to making the essays too specific? I really want to work in a rural community and I think that a lot of what I said is geared to that, but I'm concerned that they won't think I am flexible enough.
Too specific with your field and using lingo that a lay person would not understand? Absolutely. Too specific in showing your commitment to rural communities and your desire to become part of the NHSC? Never. Make sure to put a quick phrase in there saying you are flexible to go where you are needed, but I don’t think anyone would ever read an essay with the thought of “this person way too committed to go rural! NEXT!”
 
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Too specific with your field and using lingo that a lay person would not understand? Absolutely. Too specific in showing your commitment to rural communities and your desire to become part of the NHSC? Never. Make sure to put a quick phrase in there saying you are flexible to go where you are needed, but I don’t think anyone would ever read an essay with the thought of “this person way too committed to go rural! NEXT!”
I felt it would be hard to express my passion for it, without being specific, so thank you! I feel much better about it now.
 

uhds

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I would say make it specific to your field, but not as specific as a personal statement would be. These are not admissions committees.
Thank you for your help and thank you to everyone for the input! :D
 

uhds

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Also does anyone know exactly will be reviewing our application, CV, essays? Who will be making the final say? Just curious.
 
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I noticed that the Verification of Disadvantaged Background Status Form is optional. If my financial aid office determined me as NOT from a disadvantaged background, should I not even submit it? I feel as though it would only be beneficial towards my app if I was from a disadvantaged background
 

Pearl E. White

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I noticed that the Verification of Disadvantaged Background Status Form is optional. If my financial aid office determined me as NOT from a disadvantaged background, should I not even submit it? I feel as though it would only be beneficial towards my app if I was from a disadvantaged background
Eh, I wouldn't submit it.
 

okiedokeartichoke

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I've submitted mine just now :) I was getting so nervous that my second letter writer wouldn't have their letter in, but luckily today it was uploaded. Whew!
 
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Pearl E. White

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I've submitted mine just now :) I was getting so nervous that my second letter writer wouldn't have their letter in, but luckily today it was uploaded. Whew!
I submitted mine just now too. Best of luck to you! I'm so nervous!
 
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coldicecream
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just submitted my app. i'm looking through the view only pdf and it shows all the versions my recommender submitted. Should I call to keep the most updated one?
 
Dec 3, 2018
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Am I the only one afraid that I missed some small instruction somewhere? I wish they would let you know instead of just throwing out your application. Oh and HEADS UP EVERYONE. I didn't see it at first, but you need to write your First and Last name, Discipline, and last 4 of your SS# at the top of each supporting document. It doesn't say anything about it in the application itself, but is mentioned in the application guide!
 
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Jul 17, 2018
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Hello, i know the deadline is today and i just have a quick question.

Im an upcoming D1 student and I would be qualified for a EFN status. I was trying to upload a document for it but i couldnt find any info about this on website. I called NHSC and they said being a EFN is not priority anymore. They only consider disadvantaged and commitment for underserved communitieis.

Is this true? Or did anyone submit the document for EFN?

Thank you!
 
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Am I the only one afraid that I missed some small instruction somewhere? I wish they would let you know instead of just throwing out your application. Oh and HEADS UP EVERYONE. I didn't see it at first, but you need to write your First and Last name, Discipline, and last 4 of your SS# at the top of each supporting document. It doesn't say anything about it in the application itself, but is mentioned in the application guide!
They said we dont have to put SS# and do we have to put discipline on resume and everything?
 
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They said we dont have to put SS# and do we have to put discipline on resume and everything?
When I called and asked they said I had to put all three on everything. That includes Acceptance Report, Authorization to Release, Essays, Resume, Proof of Citizenship, fee Schedule, and transcript.
 

Moocille

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Am I the only one afraid that I missed some small instruction somewhere? I wish they would let you know instead of just throwing out your application. Oh and HEADS UP EVERYONE. I didn't see it at first, but you need to write your First and Last name, Discipline, and last 4 of your SS# at the top of each supporting document. It doesn't say anything about it in the application itself, but is mentioned in the application guide!
Glad you said that, but now I have to rescan and upload all my supporting documents.
 

wwdentist

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Hello, i know the deadline is today and i just have a quick question.

Im an upcoming D1 student and I would be qualified for a EFN status. I was trying to upload a document for it but i couldnt find any info about this on website. I called NHSC and they said being a EFN is not priority anymore. They only consider disadvantaged and commitment for underserved communitieis.

Is this true? Or did anyone submit the document for EFN?

Thank you!
Yes it is true that EFN is no longer a priority. If you read the official guide, you’ll find a lot of helpful information.
 
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When I called and asked they said I had to put all three on everything. That includes Acceptance Report, Authorization to Release, Essays, Resume, Proof of Citizenship, fee Schedule, and transcript.
then i am rescanning everything now :) how do we put our information on passport though? I thought during webinar, we do not have put on there ! is it right?
 

Moocille

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then i am rescanning everything now :) how do we put our information on passport though? I thought during webinar, we do not have put on there ! is it right?
Following for answer, I don’t want to write on my birth certificate
 
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coldicecream
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I'll call to make sure about the SSN and discipline on every document we send in. I'm hearing different instructions from different people.
 
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DSchoolorBust202X

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I called three different times and got three different answers. There seems to be a lack of communication on that issue. What I did was made a cover letter of my name, discipline, last four of SSN, and application number and attached that to the beginning of each document.
 
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coldicecream
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just called and yeah, you need to include Your full name, last 4 digits of SSN, and your discipline. You don't have to write on your Proof of Citizenship, just have a piece of paper or edit a text box next to it with the info.
 
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We dont have to do anything after submitting our application right? Im just freaking out and i dont wanna do anything anymore with this lol
 

Pearl E. White

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We dont have to do anything after submitting our application right? Im just freaking out and i dont wanna do anything anymore with this lol
Nope. It’s out of your hands now.
 

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i submitted with my name, application ID, and discipline on top. i was explicitly told that "authorization to release information" is the only doc that requires SSN. that being said, i also got 3 different answers on how to show my GPA on my transcript (my school doesnt calculate a GPA), and 2 different answers on the 2500 characters/500 words debacle. godspeed!
 
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About to submit but quick question: For Verification of Disadvantaged Status, it says for criteria: Individual comes from a family that receives government assistance. Do you specifically have to be receiving that as well or is it a literal “Comes from a family that receives.” Since I’m away at university I currently do not but have in the past. Don’t know if I should upload the form or not :/
 

Pearl E. White

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About to submit but quick question: For Verification of Disadvantaged Status, it says for criteria: Individual comes from a family that receives government assistance. Do you specifically have to be receiving that as well or is it a literal “Comes from a family that receives.” Since I’m away at university I currently do not but have in the past. Don’t know if I should upload the form or not :/
If your school signed the form, and stated that you ARE from disadvantaged background, I would upload it. The rest is for them to figure out.
 

okiedokeartichoke

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then i am rescanning everything now :) how do we put our information on passport though? I thought during webinar, we do not have put on there ! is it right?
Following for answer, I don’t want to write on my birth certificate
If you don't want to write on your documents, what I did was write my name, discipline, and last 4 digits of my SSN on a post-it and stuck it somewhere on the document. That way I could just transfer the post-it from one document to the next as I scanned.
 
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DSchoolorBust202X

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DSchoolorBust202X

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pirategirl2010

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What if we didn't include our SS and discipline on the supporting documents? Is our application ineligible? I'm really hoping that small detail wont cause my app to get thrown out.
 

wwdentist

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What if we didn't include our SS and discipline on the supporting documents? Is our application ineligible? I'm really hoping that small detail wont cause my app to get thrown out.
During the webinar, they stated that the info was only required on the authorization form. However, in the guide it states that it must be on ALL supporting documents. 2/3 times I asked, they said to include the info on all documents. The only thing I know for sure is that you won’t be penalized for including it on everything. I highly doubt they’d screen out your application for something so minor that they were not clear about. Similar to the essay length debate (500 words/2500 characters), I don’t think anyone honestly knows the real answer or if it is even significant. Nothing you can do now I suppose.
 
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What if we didn't include our SS and discipline on the supporting documents? Is our application ineligible? I'm really hoping that small detail wont cause my app to get thrown out.
For me, i included everything on every document, except for document that was written from schools. When i called them, I asked them if i could write on the document that came from school, they said just leave it as it is. So im not sure, but it has my ss# and name and only thing it was missing was my discipline. I honestly dont think its a big deal
 

Pearl E. White

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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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