The purpose of the Health Professional Scholarship Program is to attract and retain students pursuing careers in the health care field to serve in critical shortage areas in Washington State. The Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students training to become primary care health professionals. In return for financial assistances, students agree to provide primary health care services in rural or underserved urban areas that are designated as health professional shortage areas.
Since 2010, program funding for scholarships has been reduced and new scholarships are not being awarded at this time. Current participants will continue to receive funding and will continue to complete their service obligation.
Mental Health is not included in the program.
In return for financial assistance, participants agree to provide primary care health care in rural or underserved urban areas with designated shortages for a minimum of three years. See Shortage Areas List.
For detailed information on the program, please see the Guidelines & Terms of Agreement.
The scholarship program award amount varies by educational program. The scholarship is not based on financial need, you do not have to attend a Washington state school, and you may attend less than full time.
You do not have to be a Washington state resident to apply. However, you must return to Washington state to fulfill your service obligation.
Due to the suspension of funding for new awards under this program, there will not be an application cycle for the 2011-12 academic year. Please check our website in January 2012 to see if funding has been restored and if there will be a 2012-13 application cycle.
Phone: Chris Wilkins at 360.596.4817