Grants: Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs

 
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Federal Register: February 28, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 40)

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service

Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs

Announcement Type: Initial.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2006-IHS-SP-0001.

CFDA Numbers: 93.971, 93.123, and 93.972.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: March 28, 2008, for Continuing students.

Application Deadline: April 28, 2008, for New students.

Application Review: May 19-23, 2008.

Application Notification: First week of June, 2008.

Award Start Date: August 1, 2008.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is committed to encouraging

American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and to assuring the availability of Indian health professionals to serve

Indians. The IHS is committed to the recruitment of students for the following programs:

The Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships authorized by section 103 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act

(IHCIA), as amended.

The Indian Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships authorized by section 103 of the IHCIA, as amended.

The Indian Health Professions Scholarships authorized by section 104 of the IHCIA, as amended. Full-time and part-time scholarships will be funded for each of the three scholarship programs.

II. Award Information

Awards under this initiative will be administered using the grant mechanism of the IHS.

Estimated Funds Available: An estimated $13.6 million will be available for FY 2008 awards.

Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 194 awards will be made under the Health Professions Preparatory and Pregraduate Scholarship

Programs for Indians. The awards are for 10 months in duration and the average award to a full-time student is approximately $24,366. An estimated 338 awards will be made under the Indian Health Professions

Scholarship Program. The awards are for 12 months in duration and the average award to a full-time student is approximately $38,236. In FY 2008, an estimated $10.5 million is available for continuation awards, and an estimated $3.1 million is available for new awards.

Project Period--The project period for the Health Professions

Preparatory Scholarship support is limited to 2 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 2 years, not to exceed 4 years for part-time students. The project period for the Health Professions

Pregraduate Scholarship Support is limited to 4 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 4 years, not to exceed 8 years for part-time students. The Indian Health Professions Scholarship support is limited to 4 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 4 years, not to exceed 8 years for part-time students.

III. Eligibility Information

This announcement is a limited competition for awards made to

American Indians (Federally recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Tribal members, and state recognized Tribal members), or Alaska Natives only. 1. Eligible Applicants

The Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to

American Indians (Federally recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Tribal members, and State recognized Tribal members), or Alaska Natives who:

Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency; and

Have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre- professional general education course or curriculum.

The Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to

American Indians (Federally recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Tribal members, and state recognized Tribal members), or Alaska Natives who:

Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency; and

Have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited pregraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-podiatry.

The Indian Health Professions Scholarship may be awarded only to an individual who is a member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe or

Alaska Native as provided by section 4(c), and 4(d) of the IHCIA.

Membership in a Tribe recognized only by a state does not meet this statutory requirement. To receive an Indian Health Professions

Scholarship an otherwise eligible individual must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school and pursuing a course of study in a health profession as defined by section 4(n) of the IHCIA. 2. Cost SharinglMatching

The Scholarship Program does not require matching funds or cost sharing to participate in the competitive grant process.

IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package

Applicants are responsible for contacting and requesting an application packet from their IHS Area Scholarship coordinator. They are listed on the IHS Web site at http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/

DHPS/Scholarships/SCoordinator _Directory.asp. This information is

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listed below. Please review the following list to identify the appropriate IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator for your state.

Application packets may be obtained by calling or writing to the following individuals listed below:

IHS area office and states/locality served

Scholarship coordinator/address

Aberdeen Area IHS:

Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Ms. Kim Annis, IHS Area

Dakota.

Coordinator, Aberdeen Area

IHS, 115 4th Avenue, SE,

Aberdeen, SD 57401, Tele:

(605) 226-7466.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium:

Alaska............................. Ms. Rea Bevilla, Alternate: Ms.

Krista Hepworth, IHS Area

Coordinator, 4000 Ambassador

Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508,

Tele: (907) 729-1332.

Albuquerque Area IHS:

Colorado, New Mexico............... Ms. Cora Boone, IHS Area

Coordinator, Albuquerque Area

IHS, 5300 Homestead Road, NE,

Albuquerque, NM 87110, Tele:

(505) 248-4418.

Bemidji Area IHS:

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,

Mr. Tony Buckanaga, IHS Area

Minnesota, Wisconsin.

Coordinator, Bemidji Area IHS, 522 Minnesota Avenue, NW.,

Room 209, Bemidji, MN 56601,

Tele: (218) 444-0486.

Billings Area IHS:

Montana, Wyoming................... Mr. Delon Rock Above,

Alternate: Ms. Bernice Hugs,

IHS Area Coordinator, Billings

Area IHS, Area Personnel

Office, P.O. Box 36600, 2900 4th Avenue, North., Suite 400,

Billings, MT 59103, Tele:

(406) 247-7100.

California Area IHS:

California, Hawaii................. Ms. Mona Celli, IHS Area

Coordinator, California Area

IHS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7- 100, Sacramento, CA 95814,

Tele: (916) 930-3981.

Nashville Area IHS:

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut,

Ms. Gina Blackfox, IHS Area

Delaware, Florida, Georgia,

Coordinator, Nashville Area

Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,

IHS, 711 Stewarts Ferry Pike,

Maryland, Massachusetts,

Nashville, TN 37214, Tele:

Mississippi, Missouri, New

(615) 467-1500.

Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,

North Carolina, Ohio,

Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South

Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont,

Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia.

Navajo Area IHS:

Arizona, New Mexico, Utah.......... Ms. Roselinda Allison, IHS Area

Coordinator, Navajo Area IHS,

P.O. Box 9020, Window Rock, AZ 86515, Tele: (928) 871-1358.

Oklahoma City Area IHS:

Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri......... Ms. Melissa Langley, IHS Area

Coordinator, Oklahoma City

Area IHS, Five Corporate

Plaza, 3625 NW., 56th Street,

Oklahoma City, OK 73112, Tele:

(405) 951-6040.

Phoenix Area IHS:

Arizona, Nevada, Utah.............. Ms. Kimberly Honahnie, IHS Area

Coordinator, Phoenix Area IHS,

Two Renaissance Square, 40

North Central Avenue, Suite 510, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Tele: (602) 364-5253.

Portland Area IHS:

Idaho, Oregon, Washington.......... Ms. Laurie Veitenheimer, IHS

Area Coordinator, Portland

Area IHS, 1220 SW Third

Avenue, Room 476, Portland, OR 97204-2892, Tele: (503) 326- 6983.

Tucson Area IHS:

Arizona, Texas..................... Ms. Kimberly Honahnie, IHS Area

Coordinator, Tucson Area IHS, 2 Renaissance Square, 40 N.

Central Ave., 510,

Phoenix, AZ 85004, Tele: (602) 364-5253.

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Each applicant will be responsible for submitting a completed application and 1 copy (Forms IHS-856-1, through 856-8) to the IHS

Scholarship Program office, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville,

Maryland 20852. Electronic applications are being accepted for this cycle. Go to www.scholarship.ihs.gov for more information on how to apply electronically. The application will be considered complete if the following documents (original and 1 copy) are included:

Completed Signed Application Checklist.

Original Signed Complete Application Form IHS-856 (For

Continuation Students--Data Sheet in place of IHS-856).

Current Letter of Acceptance from College/Proof of

Application to Health Professions Program.

Official Transcripts for All Colleges.

Cumulative GPA: Applicant's Calculation.

Documents for Indian Eligibility.

  1. If you are a member of a Federally recognized Tribe or Alaska

    Native (recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), provide evidence of membership such as:

    (1) Certification of Tribal enrollment by the Secretary ofthe

    Interior, acting through the Bureau oflndian Affairs (BIA

    Certification: Form 4432--Category A or D, whichever is applicable); or

    (2) In the absence ofBIA certification, documentation that you meet requirements of Tribal membership as prescribed by the charter, articles of incorporation or other legal instrument of the Tribe and have been officially designated as a Tribal member as evidenced by an accompanying document signed by an authorized Tribal official; or

    (3) Other evidence of Tribal membership satisfactory to the

    Secretary of the Interior.

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  2. If you are a member of a Tribe terminated since 1940 or a State recognized Tribe, provide official documentation that you meet the requirements of Tribal membership as prescribed by the charter, articles of incorporation or other legal instrument of the Tribe and have been officially designated as a Tribal member as evidenced by an accompanying document signed by an authorized Tribal official; or other evidence, satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior, that you are a member of the Tribe. In addition, if the terminated or state recognized

    Tribe of which you are a member is not on a list of such Tribes published by the Secretary of the Interior in the Federal Register, you must submit an official signed document that the Tribe has been terminated since 1940 or is recognized by the state in which the Tribe is located in accordance with the law of that state.

  3. If you are not a Tribal member but are a natural child or grandchild of a Tribal member from a Federally recognized Tribe or

    Alaska Native, you must submit: (1) Evidence of that fact, e.g., your birth certificate and/or your parent's birth certificate showing the name of the Tribal member; and (2) evidence of your parent's or grandparent's Tribal membership in accordance with paragraphs A and B.

    The relationship to the Tribal member must be clearly documented.

    Failure to submit the required documentation will result in the application not being accepted for review.

    Note: If you meet the criteria of B or C you are eligible only for the Preparatory or Pregraduate Scholarships.

    Two FacultylEmployer Evaluations with original signature.

    Reasons for Requesting Scholarship.

    Delinquent Debt Form. 2007 W-4 Form with original signature.

    Course Curriculum Verification with original signature.

    Acknowledgment Card.

    Curriculum for Major.

    Health Professions Applicants Only:

    Health Related Experience (MPH only)--Optional Form. 3. Submission Dates and Times

    Application Receipt Date: The application deadline for continuing applicants is Friday, March 28, 2008; for new applicants it is Monday,

    April 28, 2008. Applications (original and 1 copy) shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are received at the IHS Headquarters,

    Scholarship Branch, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland 20852, 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 will not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing and will not be considered for funding. Once the application is received, the applicant will receive an

    ``Acknowledge of Receipt of Application'' (IHS-815) card that is included in the application packet. 4. Intergovernmental Review

    Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program. 5. Funding Restrictions

    No more than 5% of available funds will be used for part-time scholarships this fiscal year. Students are considered part-time if they are enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours of instruction and are not considered in full-time status by their college/university.

    Documentation must be received from part-time applicants that their school and course curriculum allows less than full-time status. Both part-time and full-time scholarship awards will be made in accordance with 42 CFR Parts 136.320, 136.330 and 136.370 incorporated in the application materials; and for Health Professions Scholarship Program for Indians. 6. Other Submission Requirements

    New Applicants are responsible for contacting and requesting an application packet from their IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator.

    Electronic applications are being accepted for this award cycle. Go to www.scholarship.ihs.gov for more information on how to apply electronically. The Division of Grants Operations will mail continuation students an application packet and if you do not receive this information please contact your IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator to request a continuation application.

    V. Application Review Information

    I. Criteria

    Applications will be reviewed and scored with the following criteria:

    Needs of the IHS (Health Manpower needs in Indian

    Country).

    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.

    Academic Performance (40 points).

    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 receive an award.

    Faculty/Employer Recommendations (30 points).

    Applicants are rated according to evaluations by faculty members, current and/or former employers and Tribal officials regarding the applicant's potential in the chosen health related professions.

    Stated Reasons for Asking for the Scholarship and Stated

    Career Goals (30 points).

    Applicants must provide a brief written explanation of reasons for asking for the scholarship and of their career goals. The applicant's narrative will be judged on how well it is written and its content.

    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.

    Priority Categories.

    The following is a list of health professions that will be funded in each scholarship program in FY 2008.

    Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships.

  4. Pre-Clinical Psychology (Jr. & Sr. undergraduate years).

  5. Pre-Dietetics.

  6. Pre-Engineering.

  7. Pre-Medical Technology.

  8. Pre-Nursing.

  9. Pre-Occupational Therapy.

  10. Pre-Pharmacy (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years).

  11. Pre-Physical Therapy (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years).

    I. Pre-Sanitation.

  12. Pre-Social Work (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years).

    Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships.

  13. Pre-Dentistry.

  14. Pre-Medicine.

  15. Pre-Podiatry

    Indian Health Scholarships (Professions).

  16. Chemical Dependency Counseling: Baccalaureate and Masters Level.

  17. Clinical Psychology: Ph.D. Program.

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  18. Coding Specialist.

  19. Dental Hygiene: B.S.

  20. Dentistry: D.D.S. or D.M.D.

  21. Diagnostic Radiology Technology: Certificate, Associate, and

    B.S.

  22. Dietitian: B.S.

  23. Environmental Health & Engineering: B.S.

    I. Health Care Administration: Bachelors & Masters Level.

  24. Health Education: Bachelors & Masters Level.

  25. Health Records: R.H.I.T. and R.H.I.A.

    L. Injury Prevention Specialist: Certificate.

  26. Medical Technology: B.S.

  27. Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic.

  28. Nurse: Associate & Bachelor Degrees & advanced degrees in

    Psychiatry, Geriatric, Women's Health, Pediatric Nursing, Nurse

    Anesthetist, & Nurse Practitioner.

    *(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 Self-Determination Act; or in a program assisted under Title V of the IHCIA)

  29. Occupational Therapy: B.S.

  30. Optometry: O.D.

  31. Pharmacy: Pharm D.

  32. Physician Assistant: PAC.

  33. Physical Therapy Assistant: Associate degree.

  34. Physical Therapy: M.S. and D.P.T.

    V. Podiatry: D.P.M.

  35. Public Health: M.P.H. only (Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a school of public health with concentration in

    Epidemiology).

    X. Public Health Nutrition: Masters Level only.

  36. Respiratory Therapy: Associate.

  37. Social Work: Masters Level only (Direct Practice and Clinical concentrations).

    AA. Ultrasonography (Prerequisite: Diagnostic Radiology

    Technology). 2. Review and Selection Process

    The applications will be reviewed and scored by the IHS Scholarship

    Programs' Application Review Committee appointed by the IHS. Each reviewer will not be allowed to review an application from his/her area or his/her own Tribe. Each application will be reviewed by three reviewers. The average score of the three reviews provide the final

    Ranking Score for each applicant. To determine the ranking of each applicant, these scores are sorted from the highest to the lowest within each scholarship, health discipline, date of graduation, and score. If several students have the same date of graduation and score within the same discipline, the computer ranking list will be randomly sorted and will not be sorted by alphabetical name. Selections for recommendation given to the Director, IHS, are then made from the top of each ranking list, to the extent that funds allocated by the IHS to the three Scholarship Programs are available for obligation.

    VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices

    It is anticipated that applicants will be notified in writing during the month of June, 2008. An Award Letter will be issued to successful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing, which will include a brief explanation of the reasons the application was not successful and provide the name of the IHS official to contact if more information is desired. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Regulations at 42 CFR 136.304 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 Professions

    Scholarships. Section 104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, as amended by the Indian

    Health Care Amendment of 1988, Public Law 100-713, authorizes the IHS to determine specific health professions for which Indian Health

    Scholarships will be awarded.

    Awards for the Indian Health Scholarships (Professions) will be made in accordance with 42 CFR 136.330.

    Recipients shall incur a service obligation prescribed under section 338A ofthe Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 2541) which shall be met by service:

    (1) In the Indian Health Service;

    (2) In a program conducted under a contract or compact entered into under the Indian Self-Determination Act and Education Assistance Act

    (Pub. L. 93-638) and its amendments;

    (3) In a program assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care

    Improvement Act (Pub. L. 94-437) and its amendments; or

    (4) In a private practice option 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 (51%) of

    Indians as determined by the Secretary in accordance with guidelines of the Service.

    Pursuant to the Indian Health Amendments of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-573), 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 338A of the Public Health Service Act (42

    U.S.C. 2541) by a program specified in options (1)-(4) above that:

    (i) Is located on the reservation of the Tribe in which the recipient is enrolled; or

    (ii) Serves the Tribe in which the recipient is enrolled.

    In summary, all recipients of the Indian Health Professions

    Scholarship 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, Public

    Law 94-437, as amended by Public Law 100-713, and Public Law 102-573. 3. Reporting

    Scholarship Program Minimum Academic Requirements

    It is the policy of the IHS that a scholarship recipient awarded under the Health Professions Scholarship Program of the IHCIA maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester/quarter and be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours considered by your school as full-time). A recipient of a scholarship under the Health

    Professions Pre-Graduate and Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship authority must maintain a good academic standing each semester/quarter and be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours or the number of credit hours considered by your school as full-time). In addition to the two requirements stated above, a Health Professions Scholarship program grantee must be enrolled in an approved/accredited school for a health professions degree. Part-time students for the three scholarship programs must also maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must take at least 6 credit hours each semester/quarter but less than the number of hours considered full-time by your school. Scholarship grantees must be approved for part-time status at the time of scholarship award.

    Scholarship grantees may not change from part-time status to full-time status or vice versa in the same academic year.

    The following reports must be sent to the IHS Scholarship Program at the identified time frame. Each scholarship grantee will be provided with an IHS Scholarship Handbook where the below needed reports are located. If a scholarship grantee fails to submit these reports as required, they will be ineligible for continuation of

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    scholarship support and scholarship award payments will be discontinued.

  38. Recipient's Enrollment and Initial Progress Report

    Within thirty (30) days from the beginning of each semester or quarter, scholarship grantees must submit a Recipient's Enrollment and

    Initial Progress Report (Form F-02 of the student handbook).

  39. Transcripts

    Within thirty (30) days from the end of each academic period, i.e., semester, quarter, or summer session, scholarship grantees must submit an Official Transcript showing the results of the classes taken during that period.

  40. Notification of Academic Problem/Change

    If at any time during the semester/quarter, scholarship grantees are advised to reduce the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled below the minimum of 12 (or the number of hours considered by their school as full-time) for a full-time student or at least 6 hours for part-time students; or if they experience academic problems, they must submit this report (page F-04 of student handbook).

  41. Change of Status

    Change of Academic Status.

    Scholarship Grantees must immediately notify the IHS Area

    Scholarship Coordinator if they are placed on academic probation, dismissed from school, or voluntarily withdraw for any reason (personal or medical).

    Change of Health Discipline.

    Scholarship Grantees may not change from the approved IHS

    Scholarship Program health discipline during the school year. If an unapproved change is made, scholarship payments will be discontinued.

    Change in Graduation Date.

    Any time that a change occurs in a scholarship grantee's expected graduation date, they must notify their IHS Area Scholarship

    Coordinator immediately in writing. Justification must be attached from the school advisor.

    VII. Agency Contacts

    Please address application inquiries to the appropriate IHS Area

    Scholarship Coordinator. Other programmatic inquiries may be addressed to RADM Robert E. Pittman, Director, Division of Health Professions

    Support, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120,

    Rockville, Maryland 20852; Telephone (301) 443-6197. (This is not a toll free number.) For grants information, contact the Grants

    Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Operations, lndian Health

    Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland 20852;

    Telephone (301) 443-0243. (This is not a toll-free number.)

    VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of Healthy People 2010, a PHS-led activity for setting priority areas. This program announcement is related to the priority area of Education and

    Community-Based Programs. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of

    Healthy People 2010, (Full Report; Stock No. 017-001-00474-0) or

    Healthy People 2010 (Summary Report; Stock No. 017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office Washington,

    DC 20402-9325 [Telephone (202) 783-3238].

    Interested individuals are reminded that the list of eligible health and allied health professions is effective for applicants for the 2008-2009 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: February 15, 2008.

    Robert G. McSwain,

    Acting Director, Indian Health Service.

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