Federal Register: October 23, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 205)
DOCID: FR Doc 03-26698
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Service
ACTION: Grants and cooperative agreements; availability, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of Availability of Funds for Health Professions Preparatory, Pregraduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004.
Health Professions Preparatory, Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs
DATES: The application deadline for both new and continuing applicants is February 28, 2004. If February 28, falls on the weekend, the application will be due on the following Monday. Applications shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are received by the appropriate Scholarship Coordinator on the deadline date or postmarked on or before the deadline date. (Applicants should request a legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or obtain a legibly dated receipt from a commercial carrier or U.S. Postal Service. Private metered postmarks shall not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing.) Applications received after the announced closing date will be returned to the applicant and will not be considered for funding.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing a Notice of
Availability of Funds for Health Professions Preparatory, Pregraduate, [[Page 60705]]
and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004.
The IHS announces the availability of approximately $3,733,332 to fund scholarships for the Health Professions Preparatory and Pregraduate Scholarship Programs for FY 2004 awards. These programs are authorized by section 103 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), Pub. L. 94437, as amended by Pub. L. 100713, Pub. L. 102 573, and Pub. L. 104313.
The Indian Health Scholarship (Professions), authorized by section 104 of the IHCIA, Pub. L. 94437, as amended by Pub. L. 100713, by Pub. L. 102573, and by Pub. L. 104313 has approximately $8,177,245 available for FY 2004 awards.
Fulltime and parttime scholarships will be funded for each of the three scholarship programs.
The Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship is listed as No. 93.123 in the Office of Management and Budget Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). The Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship is listed as No. 93.971, and the Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) is listed as No. 93.972 in the CFDA.
The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of Healthy People 2010, a PHSled activity for setting priority areas. This program announcement is related to the priority area of Education and CommunityBased Programs. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of Health People 2020, (Full Report; Stock No. 017001004740) or Healthy People 2010 (Summary Report; Stock No. 017001004731) through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 204029325 (Telephone 2027833238).
Health Professions Perparatory, Pregraduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Please address application inquiries
to the appropriate Indian Health Service Area Scholarship Coordinator.
Other programmatic inquiries may be addressed to Mr. Jess Brien, Chief,
Scholarship Branch, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite
120, Rockville, Maryland, 20852; Telephone 3014436197. (This is not a
toll free number.) For grants information, contact Mr. Bernard Covers
Up, Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Grants Management Branch, Division
of Acquisition and Grants Operations, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland
20852; Telephone 3014435204. (This is not a tollfree number.) A. General Program Purpose
These grants programs are intended to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and to assure the availability of Indian health professionals to serve Indians. B. Eligibility Requirements
1. The Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to American Indians or Alaska Natives who meet the criteria in section 4(c) of the IHCIA, as amended, who have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency and who have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, preprofessional general education course or curriculum. Support is limited to 2 years for fulltime students and the parttime equivalent of 2 years not to exceed 4 years for parttime students.
2. The Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to American Indians or Alaska Natives who meet the criteria in section 4(c) of the IHCIA, as amended, who have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency and who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited pregraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in premedicine or predentistry. Support is limited to 4 years for fulltime students and the parttime equivalent of 4 years not to exceed 8 years for parttime students.
3. The Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) may be awarded only to an individual who is a member of a federally recognized tribe as provided by section 104, 4(c), and 4(d) of the IHCIA. Membership in a Tribe recognized only recognized only by a state does not meet this statutory requirement. To receive an Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) an otherwise eligible individual must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school and pursuing course of study in a health profession as defined by section 4(n) of the IHCIA. Support is limited to 4 years for fulltime students and the parttime equivalent of 4 years not to exceed 8 years for parttime students.
Awards for the Indian Health Scholarships (Professions) will be
made in accordance with 42 CFR 36.330. Recipients shall incur a service
obligation prescribed under section 338C of the Public Health Service Act (43 U.S.C. 244m) which shall be met by service:
(1) In Indian Health Service;
(2) In a program conducted under a contract or compact entered into under the Indian SelfDetermination Act;
(3) In a program assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Pub. L. 94437) and its amendments; and
(4) In private practice of his or her profession, if the practice (a) is situated in a health professional shortage area, designated in regulations promulgated by the Secretary and (b) addresses the health care needs of a substantial number of Indians as determined by the Secretary in accordance with guidelines of the Service;
Pursuant to the Indian Health Amendments of 1992 (Pub. L. 104313),
a recipient of an Indian Health Professions Scholarship may, at the
election of the recipient, meet his/her active duty service obligation
prescribed under section 338c of the Public Health Service Act (42
U.S.C. 254m) by a program specified in options (1)(4) above that:
(1) Is located on the reservation of the Tribe in which the recipient is entrolled; or
(ii) Serves the Tribe in which the recipient is entrolled.
In summary, all recipients of the Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) are reminded that recipients of this scholarship incur a service obligation. Moreover, this obligation shall be served at a facility determined by the Director, IHS, consistent with IHCIA, Pub. L. 94437, as amended by Pub. L. 100713, and Pub. L. 102573. C. Fund Availability
Both parttime and fulltime scholarship awards will be made ina ccordance with regulations at 42 CFR part 36.320, incorporated in the application materials, for Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program for Indians and 42 CFR part 36.370, incorporated in the application materials, for Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program for Indians. Approximately 200 awards, 100 of which are continuing, will be made under the Health Professions Preparatory and Pregraduate Scholarship Programs for Indians. The awards are for 10 months induration and the average award to a fulltime student is approximately $20,000. In FY 2004, approximately $1,500,000 is available for continuation awards and approximately $2,233,000 is available for new awards.
Approximately 340 awards, 179 of which are continuing, will be made under the Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) Program. Awards will be made to both fulltime and parttime students. The awards are for 12 months in duration and the average award to a fulltime student is for approximately $23,500. In FY 2004, approximately $3,551,000 is available for continuation awards, and $4,626,000 is available for new awards.
No more than 5% of available funds will be used for parttime scholarships this fiscal year. Students are considered parttime if they are enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours of instruction and are not considered in fulltime status by their college/university. Documentation must be received from parttime applicants that their school and course curriculum allows less than fulltime status. D. Criteria for Evaluation
Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:
1. Needs of the IHS. Applicants are considered for scholarship awards based on their desired career goals and how these goals relate to current Indian health manpower needs. Applications for each health career category are reviewed and ranked separately.
2. Academic Performance. Applicants are rated according to their academic performance as evidenced by transcripts and faculty evaluations. In cases where a particular applicant's school has a policy not to rank students academically, faculty members are asked to provide a personal judgement of the applicant's achievement. Health Professions applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 are not eligible to apply.
3. Faculty/Employer Recommendations. Applicants are rated according to evaluations by faculty members and current and/or former employers regarding the applicant's potential in the chosen health related professions.
4. Stated Reasons for Asking for the Scholarship and Stated Career Goals. Applicants must provide a brief written explanation of reasons for asking for the scholarship and of career goals. The applicant's narrative will be judged on how well it is written and content.
5. Applicants who are closest to graduation or completion are awarded first. For example, senior and junior applicants under the Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship receive funding before freshmen and sophomores.
E. Priority Categories
Regulations at 42 CFR part 36.304 provide that the IHS shall, from
time to time, publish a list of health professions eligible for
consideration for the award of Indian Health Professions Preparatory and Pregraduate Scholarships and
Indian Health Scholarships (Professions). Section 104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, as amended by the Indian Health Care Amendment of 1988, Pub. L. 100713, authorizes the IHS to determine specific health professions for which Indian Health Scholarships will be awarded. The list of priority health professions that follow, by scholarship program, and based upon the needs of the IHS as well as upon the needs of the American Indians and Alaska Natives for additional service by specific health profession.
1. Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Scholarships. (Below
is the list of disciplines to be supported and priority is based on academic level)
C. PreMedical Technology.
F. PrePhysical Therapy (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years).
G. PreSocial Work (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years).
2. Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships. (Below is the list
of disciplines to be supported and priority is based on academic level: Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman)
3. Indian Health Scholarships (Professions). (Below is a list of
disciplines to be supported and priority is based on academic level,
unless specified: Graduate, Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman) A. Associate Degree Nurse.
B. Chemical Dependency Counseling: Baccalaureate and Masters level. C. Clinical Psychology: Ph.D. only.
D. Coding Specialist: Certificate.
E. Counseling Psychology: Ph.D. only.
F. Dental Hygiene: B.S.
G. Dentistry: B.S. and M.S.
H. Diagnostic Radiology Technology: Certificate, Associate, and B.S. I. Dietitian: B.S.
J. Engineering (Civil and Environmental): B.S.
K. Environmental Health (Sanitarian): B.S.
L. Health Care Administration: B.S. and M.S.
M. Health Education: B.S. and M.S.
N. Health Records: R.H.I.T and R.H.I.A.
O. Injury Prevention Specialist.
P. Medical Technology: B.S.
Q. Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic.
R. Nurse: B.S.*
S. Nurse: R.N.A.
* (Priority consideration will be given to Registered Nurses employed by the Indian Health Service; in a program assisted under a contract entered into under the Indian SelfDetermination Act; or in a program assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.) T. Optometry.
U. Pharmacy: B.S., Pharm D.
V. Physician Assistant.
W. Physical Therapy: M.S. and D.P.T.
X. Podiatry: D.P.M.
Y. Public Health: M.P.H. only (Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a school of public health in specialty areas such as Dietetics and Community Development in heath).
Z. Public Health Nutrition: Masters level only.
AA. Respiratory Therapy: Associate.
BB. Social Work: Masters level only (Clinical, Community, and Gerontology).
CC. Ultrasonography (Prerequisite: Diagnostic Radiology Technology).
Interested individuals are reminded that the list of eligible
health and allied health professions is effective for applicants for
the 20042005 academic year. These priorities will remain in effect
until superseded. Applicants for health and allied health professions
not on the above priority list will be considered pending the
availability of funds and dependent upon the availability of qualified applicants in the priority areas.
Dated: October 14, 2003.
Charles W. Grim,
Assistant Surgeon General, Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 0326698 Filed 102203; 8:45 am]
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