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HRSA FY 2016 Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

December 9, 2015

Application Deadline:  January 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET

(December 7, 2015)  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program.  This program promotes diversity among the health professions and nursing workforce by providing awards to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a demonstrated financial need and are enrolled full-time in health professions and nursing programs.

** To ensure adequate time for the registration process, AACOM strongly recommends that potential applications proceed to register immediately at  and also at is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, as applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.**

The deadline to apply is January 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.  To view the application and program guidance, please visit:

Two technical assistance calls will be held as follows:    


Date: December 9, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET 

Telephone Number:  877-917-2510 / Pass code: 5386017

Play-back telephone number: 866-346-7116 / Pass code: 2316

Adobe connect registration link: 

Date: January 6, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Telephone Number:  877-917-2510 / Pass code: 5386017

Play-back telephone number: 800-925-2657 / Pass code: 2216

Adobe connect registration link:  

Please note:  A recording of each session will be available one hour after each of the sessions and will be available through the closing date of the funding opportunity.

This program will provide funding during federal FY 2016 – 2019.  Approximately $43 million is expected to be available annually to fund an estimated 99 awards.  Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $650,000 per year.  The average award amount likely to be awarded to an applicant is $450,000.  The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2016 federal budget.


Eligible applicants are public or non-profit private accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, 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.

Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs (i.e., tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses with a cap for the total scholarship award of $30,000). 

Program Requirements:  Scholarships are awarded by the school to any full-time student who is an eligible individual.  The definition of “eligible individual” means an individual who: (A) is from a disadvantaged background; (B) has a financial need for a scholarship; and (C) is enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible health professions or nursing school as a full-time student in a program leading to a degree in a health profession or nursing.  Colleges and universities receiving SDS funds must maintain and operate a program to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

If you have any questions regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this funding opportunity, please contact:

Kim Ross

Grants Management Specialist

HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM

Telephone:  301-443-2353


If you have questions regarding overall program issues and/or technical assistance regarding this funding opportunity, please contact:

Denise Sorrell

Senior Public Health Analyst


Telephone: 301-443-2909



December 9, 2015
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