Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs, 67726-67731 [05-22166]

Download as PDF 67726 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices Indian Children OPM–306’’. Type of Information Collection Request: Extention of a currently approved collection which expires November 30, 2005. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection which expires November 30, 2005. Form Number: OF– 306 Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) Indian Health Service Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Positions. Need and Use of Information Collection: This is a request for approval of collection information required by section 408 of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, Public Law 101–630, 104 Stat. 4544, 25 U.S.C. 3201–3211. The IHS is required to compile a list of all authorized positions within the IHS where the duties and responsibilities involve regular contact with, or control over, Indian children; and to conduct an investigation of the character of each individual who is employed, or is being considered for employment in a position having regular contact with, or control over, Indian children. Section 3207(b) of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act was amended by Section 814 of S. 3031, the Native American Laws Technical Corrections Act of 2000, which requires that the regulations prescribing the minimum standards of character ensure that none of the individuals appointed to positions involving regular contact with, or control over Indian children have been found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to any felonious offense, or any of two or more misdemeanor offenses under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution, crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. In addition, 42 U.S.C. 13041 requires each agency of the Federal government and every facility operated by the Federal government (or operated under contract with the Federal government), that hires (or contracts for hire) individuals involved with children under the age of 18 or child care services to assure that all existing and newly-hired employees undergo a criminal history background check. The background is to be initiated through the personnel program of the applicable Federal agency. This section requires employment applications for individuals who are seeking work for an agency of the Federal government, or for a facility or program operated by (or through contract with) the Federal government, in positions involved with the provision to children under the age of 18 or child care services, to contain a question asking whether the individual has ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child. Affected Public: Individual and households. Type of Respondents: Individuals. Table 1 below provides the following: Types of data collection instruments, estimated number of respondents, number of responses per respondent, annual number of responses, average burden hour per response, and total annual burden hour. ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS Estimated number of respondents 42 CFR Part 36 Addendum to OF306 Declaration for Federal Employment ............................ Responses per respondent 200 Average burden hour per response * 1 Total annual burden hrs 0.25 (15 min) 500 * For ease of understanding, burden hours are also provided in actual minutes. There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs and/or Maintenance Costs to report. Request for Comments: Your written comments and/or suggestions are invited on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the information collection activity is necessary to carry out an agency function; (b) whether the IHS processes the information collected in a useful and timely fashion; (c) the accuracy of the public burden estimate (the estimated amount of time needed for individual respondents to provide the requested information); (d) whether the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimate are logical; (e) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (f) ways to minimize the public burden through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Direct Comments to OMB: Send your written comments and suggestions regarding the proposed information collection contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 time, to: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for IHS. To request more information on the proposed collection or to obtain a copy of the data collection instrument(s) and/ or instruction(s), contact: Mrs. Christina Rouleau, IHS Reports Clearance Officer, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20852–1601, or call nontoll free (301) 443–5938 or send via facsimile to (301) 443–2316, or send your e-mail requests, comments, and return address to: crouleau@hqe.ihs.gov. Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received on or before 30 days of the date of this publication. Dated: October 28, 2005. Robert G. McSwain, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 05–22221 Filed 11–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–M PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service [Funding Opportunity Number HHS–2006– IHS–SP–0001] [CFDA Numbers: 93.971, 93.123, and 93.972] Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs Announcement Type: Initial. Key Dates: Application Deadline: February 28, 2006. Application Review: March 27–31, 2006. Application Notification: Third week of June 2006. Award Start Date: August 1, 2006. 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 E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices 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 $11.6 million will be available for FY 2006 awards. Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 159 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 $23,619. An estimated 273 awards will be made under the Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) Program. The awards are for 12 months in duration and the average award to a full-time student is for approximately $35,242. In FY 2006, an estimated $4,640,000 is available for continuation awards, and an estimated $6,960,000 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, state recognized Tribal members, and first and second degree descendants of Tribal members), or Alaska Natives only. 1. Eligible Applicants The Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to American Indians (federally recognized Tribal members, state recognized Tribal members, and first and second degree descendants of Tribal members), or Alaska Natives who: • Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency; • Have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education course or curriculum; and • In descending order of Indian eligibility: (1) Enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes, (2) first and second degree Tribal members, and (3) state recognized Tribal members. The Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to American Indians (federally recognized Tribal members, state recognized Tribal members, and first and second degree Tribal members), or Alaska Natives who: • Have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency; • Have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited pregraduate program leading to a IHS area office and states/locality served: Aberdeen Area IHS: Iowa .............................................................. Nebraska ...................................................... North Dakota ................................................ South Dakota ............................................... Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium—Alaska Albuquerque Area IHS: Colorado ....................................................... New Mexico .................................................. Bemidji Area IHS: Illinois ........................................................... Indiana ......................................................... Michigan ....................................................... Minnesota ..................................................... Wisconsin ..................................................... Billings Area IHS: Montana ....................................................... Wyoming ...................................................... California Area IHS: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 67727 baccalaureate degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-podiatry; and • In descending order of Indian eligibility: (1) Enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes, (2) first and second degree Tribal members, and (3) state recognized Tribal members. The Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) may be awarded only to an individual who is a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe 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 Scholarship (Professions) an otherwise eligible individual must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school and pursuing a course of study in a health profession (see list in Application Review Information) as defined by section 4(n) of the IHCIA. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching 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 coordinator. They are listed on the IHS Web site at http://www.ihs.gov/ JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/Scholarships/ SCoordinator_Directory.asp. This information is listed below. Please review the following list to identify the appropriate IHS Area coordinator for your state. Application packets may be obtained by calling or writing to the following individuals listed below: Scholarship coordinator/address: Ms. Kim Lawrence, IHS Area Coordinator, Aberdeen Area IHS, 115 4th Avenue, SE., Aberdeen, SD 57401. Tele: (605) 226–7532. Ms. Sheila Turner, IHS Area Coordinator, 4000 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508. Tele: 1–800–684–8361. Ms. Shirley Toribio, IHS Area Coordinator, Albuquerque Area IHS, 5300 Homestead Road, NE., Albuquerque, MN 87110. Tele: (505) 248–4987. Mr. Tony Buckanaga, IHS Area Coordinator, Bemidji Area IHS, 522 Minnesota Avenue, NW., Room 209, Bemidji, MN 56601. Tele: (218) 444–0486. Mr. Sandy Macdonald, IHS Area Coordinator, Billings Area IHS, Area Personnel Office, P.O. Box 36600, 2900 4th Avenue, North Billings, MT 59103. Tele: (406) 247–7210. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 67728 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices IHS area office and states/locality served: Scholarship coordinator/address: California ...................................................... Hawaii .......................................................... Nashville Area IHS: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New 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 ......................................................... Ms. Mona Celli, IHS Area Coordinator, HI California Area IHS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7–100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tele: (916) 930–3981. Oklahoma City Area IHS: Kansas ......................................................... Phoenix Area IHS: Arizona ......................................................... Nevada ......................................................... Utah .............................................................. Portland Area IHS: Idaho ............................................................ Oregon, ........................................................ Washington .................................................. Tucson Area IHS: Arizona ......................................................... Texas ........................................................... 2. 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 their IHS Area Coordinator. Electronic applications are not being accepted for this cycle. 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: Applicants Calculation. • Documents for Indian Eligibility. A. If you are a member of a Federally recognized Tribe (recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), provide evidence of membership such as: (1) Certification of Tribal enrollment by the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA Certification: Form 4432–Category A or D, whichever is applicable); or (2) In the absence of BIA 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 Ms. Shirley Toribio, IHS Area Coordinator, Nashville Area IHS, 5300 Homestead Road, NE., Albuquerque, MN 87110. Tele: 1–800–382–3027. Ms. Roselinda Allison, IHS Area Coordinator, Navajo Area IHS, P.O. Box 9020, Window Rock, AZ 86515. Tele: (928) 871–1358. Mr. Jim Ingram, IHS Area Coordinator, Oklahoma City Area IHS, Five Corporate Plaza, 3625 N.W. 56th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112. Tele: (580) 276–5983. Mr. Al Peyketewa, IHS Area Coordinator, Phoenix Area IHS, Two Renaissance Square, 40 North Central Avenue, Suite #510, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tele: (602) 364–5252. Ms. Athena Bezahaloni, IHS Area Coordinator, Portland Area IHS, 1220 SW. Third Area IHS, Rm. 440e, Portland, OR 97204–2892. Tele: (503) 326–2625. Ms. Reanetta Siquieros, IHS Area Coordinator, Tucson Area IHS, 7900 South ‘‘J.’’ Stock Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746. Tele: (520) 295–2440. 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. B. 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. C. If you are not a Tribal member but are a natural child or grandchild of a Tribal member, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Faculty/Employer Evaluations with original signature. • Reasons for Requesting Scholarship. • Delinquent Debt Form. • 2006 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 new applicants is Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Applications (original and 1 copy) shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are received by the appropriate IHS Area 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 E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices 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 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 Coordinator. Electronic applications are not being accepted for this award cycle. 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 Coordinator to request a continuation application. V. Application Review Information 1. Criteria Applications will be reviewed and scored with the following criteria: • Needs of the IHS (Health Work Force 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 work force 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 Professions applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 are not eligible to apply. • 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 2006. • Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships. A. Pre-Clinical Psychology (Jr & Sr undergraduate years). B. Pre-Dietetics. C. Pre-Engineering. D. Pre-Medical Technology. E. Pre-Nursing. F. Pre-Occupational Therapy. G. Pre-Pharmacy. H. Pre-Physical Therapy (Jr and Sr undergraduate years). I. Pre-Sanitarian. J. Pre-Social Work (Jr and Sr undergraduate years). • Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships. A. Pre-Dentistry. B. Pre-Medicine. C. Pre-Podiatry • Indian Health Scholarships (Professions). A. Chemical Dependency Counseling: Baccalaureate and Masters Level. B. Clinical Psychology: Ph.D. Program. C. Coding Specialist. D. Counseling Psychology: Ph.D. Program. E. Dental Hygiene: B.S. F. Dentistry: D.D.S. or D.M.D. G. Diagnostic Radiology Technology: Certificate, Associate, and B.S. H. Dietitian: B.S. I. Environmental Health & Engineering: B.S. J. Health Care Administration: Bachelors & Masters Level. K. Health Education: Bachelors & Masters Level. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67729 L. Health Records: R.H.I.T and R.H.I.A. M. Injury Prevention Specialist: Certificate. N. Medical Technology: B.S. O. Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic. P. 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 Indian Health Care Improvement Act.) Q. Occupational Therapy: B.S. R. Optician: Associate degree. S. Optometry: O.D. T. Pharmacy: Pharm D. U. Physician Assistant: PAC. V. Physical Therapy Assistant: Associate degree. 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 with concentration in Epidemiology). Z. Public Health Nutrition: Masters Level only. AA. Respiratory Therapy: Associate. BB. Social Work: Masters Level only (Direct Practice and Clinical concentrations). CC. Ultrasonography (Prerequisite: Diagnostic Radiology Technology). 2. Review and Selection Process The applications will be reviewed & 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, computer ranking list will randomly sort and will not be sorted by alphabetical name. Selections for recommendations to the Director, IHS, are then made from the top of each ranking list to the extent that funds allocated by the IHS among the three scholarships are available for obligation. E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 67730 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices It is anticipated that applicants will be notified in writing during the third week of June, 2006. 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 Scholarships (Professions). Section 104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, as amended by the Indian Health Care Amendment of 1988, Pub. L. 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 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l) 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; and (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. 254l) by a program specified in options (1)–(4) above that: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 (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 Scholarship (Health 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. 94–437, as amended by Pub. L. 100–713, and Pub. L. 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 Indian Health Care Improvement Act 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 scholarship support and scholarship award payments will be discontinued. PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. 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). B. 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. C. 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). D. Change of Status • Change of Academic Status. Scholarship Grantees must immediately notify the IHS Area 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 Coordinator immediately in writing. Justification must be attached from the school advisor. VII. Agency Contacts Please address application inquiries to the appropriate IHS Area 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 (301) 443–6197. (This is not a toll free number.) For grants information, contact the Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Operations, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland 20852; E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices Telephone (301) 443–0243. (This is not a toll-free number). VIII. Other Information Access to Quality Health Services There are primary care objectives that will be enhanced through this grant program. 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 2006–2007 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 28, 2005. Robert G. McSwain, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 05–22166 Filed 11–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security Administration [Docket Nos. TSA–2004–19166 and TSA– 2004–17982] Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records; Transportation Security Threat Assessment System (T-STAS) and Registered Traveler (RT) Operations Files Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DHS. ACTION: Notice to alter two existing systems of records; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: TSA is altering two existing systems of records under the Privacy Act of 1974. The revisions affect the Transportation Security Threat Assessment System (T-STAS), DHS/ VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 TSA 002, and Registered Traveler (RT) Operations Files, DHS/TSA 015, and will update the ‘‘Categories of individuals covered by the system’’ section for both systems, and the ‘‘Categories of records in the system’’ section for the T-STAS system. DATES: Submit comments by December 8, 2005. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 215 (Tuesday, November 8, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67726-67731]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service

[Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2006-IHS-SP-0001] [CFDA Numbers: 
93.971, 93.123, and 93.972]


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

    Announcement Type: Initial.
    Key Dates: Application Deadline: February 28, 2006. Application 
Review: March 27-31, 2006. Application Notification: Third week of June 
2006. Award Start Date: August 1, 2006.

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

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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 $11.6 million will be 
available for FY 2006 awards.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 159 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 $23,619. An 
estimated 273 awards will be made under the Indian Health Scholarship 
(Professions) Program. The awards are for 12 months in duration and the 
average award to a full-time student is for approximately $35,242. In 
FY 2006, an estimated $4,640,000 is available for continuation awards, 
and an estimated $6,960,000 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, state recognized 
Tribal members, and first and second degree descendants of Tribal 
members), or Alaska Natives only.

1. Eligible Applicants

    The Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to 
American Indians (federally recognized Tribal members, state recognized 
Tribal members, and first and second degree descendants of Tribal 
members), or Alaska Natives who:
     Have successfully completed high school education or high 
school equivalency;
     Have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-
professional general education course or curriculum; and
     In descending order of Indian eligibility: (1) Enrolled 
members of federally recognized Tribes, (2) first and second degree 
Tribal members, and (3) state recognized Tribal members.
    The Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to 
American Indians (federally recognized Tribal members, state recognized 
Tribal members, and first and second degree Tribal members), or Alaska 
Natives who:
     Have successfully completed high school education or high 
school equivalency;
     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; and
     In descending order of Indian eligibility: (1) Enrolled 
members of federally recognized Tribes, (2) first and second degree 
Tribal members, and (3) state recognized Tribal members.
    The Indian Health Scholarship (Professions) may be awarded only to 
an individual who is a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe 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 Scholarship (Professions) an otherwise 
eligible individual must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited 
school and pursuing a course of study in a health profession (see list 
in Application Review Information) as defined by section 4(n) of the 
IHCIA.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    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 coordinator. They are listed on 
the IHS Web site at http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/
Scholarships/SCoordinator_Directory.asp. This information is listed 
below. Please review the following list to identify the appropriate IHS 
Area coordinator for your state. Application packets may be obtained by 
calling or writing to the following individuals listed below:

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    IHS area office and states/
         locality served:             Scholarship coordinator/address:
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Aberdeen Area IHS:
    Iowa..........................  Ms. Kim Lawrence, IHS Area
    Nebraska......................   Coordinator, Aberdeen Area IHS, 115
    North Dakota..................   4th Avenue, SE., Aberdeen, SD
    South Dakota..................   57401. Tele: (605) 226-7532.
Alaska Native Tribal Health         Ms. Sheila Turner, IHS Area
 Consortium--Alaska.                 Coordinator, 4000 Ambassador Drive,
                                     Anchorage, Alaska 99508. Tele: 1-
                                     800-684-8361.
Albuquerque Area IHS:
    Colorado......................  Ms. Shirley Toribio, IHS Area
    New Mexico....................   Coordinator, Albuquerque Area IHS,
                                     5300 Homestead Road, NE.,
                                     Albuquerque, MN 87110. Tele: (505)
                                     248-4987.
Bemidji Area IHS:
    Illinois......................  Mr. Tony Buckanaga, IHS Area
    Indiana.......................   Coordinator, Bemidji Area IHS, 522
    Michigan......................   Minnesota Avenue, NW., Room 209,
    Minnesota.....................   Bemidji, MN 56601. Tele: (218) 444-
    Wisconsin.....................   0486.
Billings Area IHS:
    Montana.......................  Mr. Sandy Macdonald, IHS Area
    Wyoming.......................   Coordinator, Billings Area IHS,
                                     Area Personnel Office, P.O. Box
                                     36600, 2900 4th Avenue, North
                                     Billings, MT 59103. Tele: (406) 247-
                                     7210.
California Area IHS:

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    California....................  Ms. Mona Celli, IHS Area
    Hawaii........................   Coordinator, HI California Area
                                     IHS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7-100,
                                     Sacramento, CA 95814. Tele: (916)
                                     930-3981.
Nashville Area IHS:
    Alabama, Arkansas,              Ms. Shirley Toribio, IHS Area
     Connecticut, Delaware,          Coordinator, Nashville Area IHS,
     Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,     5300 Homestead Road, NE.,
     Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,     Albuquerque, MN 87110. Tele: 1-800-
     Massachusetts, Mississippi,     382-3027.
     New 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.......................  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........................  Mr. Jim Ingram, IHS Area
                                     Coordinator, Oklahoma City Area
                                     IHS, Five Corporate Plaza, 3625
                                     N.W. 56th Street, Oklahoma City,
                                     Oklahoma 73112. Tele: (580) 276-
                                     5983.
Phoenix Area IHS:
    Arizona.......................  Mr. Al Peyketewa, IHS Area
    Nevada........................   Coordinator, Phoenix Area IHS, Two
    Utah..........................   Renaissance Square, 40 North
                                     Central Avenue, Suite 510,
                                     Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tele: (602) 364-
                                     5252.
Portland Area IHS:
    Idaho.........................  Ms. Athena Bezahaloni, IHS Area
    Oregon,.......................   Coordinator, Portland Area IHS,
    Washington....................   1220 SW. Third Area IHS, Rm. 440e,
                                     Portland, OR 97204-2892. Tele:
                                     (503) 326-2625.
Tucson Area IHS:
    Arizona.......................  Ms. Reanetta Siquieros, IHS Area
    Texas.........................   Coordinator, Tucson Area IHS, 7900
                                     South ``J.'' Stock Rd., Tucson, AZ
                                     85746. Tele: (520) 295-2440.
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2. 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 their IHS 
Area Coordinator. Electronic applications are not being accepted for 
this cycle. 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: Applicants Calculation.
     Documents for Indian Eligibility.
    A. If you are a member of a Federally recognized Tribe (recognized 
by the Secretary of the Interior), provide evidence of membership such 
as:
    (1) Certification of Tribal enrollment by the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA 
Certification: Form 4432-Category A or D, whichever is applicable); or
    (2) In the absence of BIA 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.
    B. 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.
    C. If you are not a Tribal member but are a natural child or 
grandchild of a Tribal member, 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 Faculty/Employer Evaluations with original signature.
     Reasons for Requesting Scholarship.
     Delinquent Debt Form.
     2006 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 new 
applicants is Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Applications (original and 1 
copy) shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are received 
by the appropriate IHS Area 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

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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 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 Coordinator. Electronic 
applications are not being accepted for this award cycle. 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 Coordinator to request a continuation application.

V. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

    Applications will be reviewed and scored with the following 
criteria:
     Needs of the IHS (Health Work Force 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 work force 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 apply.
     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 2006.
     Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships.
    A. Pre-Clinical Psychology (Jr & Sr undergraduate years).
    B. Pre-Dietetics.
    C. Pre-Engineering.
    D. Pre-Medical Technology.
    E. Pre-Nursing.
    F. Pre-Occupational Therapy.
    G. Pre-Pharmacy.
    H. Pre-Physical Therapy (Jr and Sr undergraduate years).
    I. Pre-Sanitarian.
    J. Pre-Social Work (Jr and Sr undergraduate years).
     Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships.
    A. Pre-Dentistry.
    B. Pre-Medicine.
    C. Pre-Podiatry
     Indian Health Scholarships (Professions).
    A. Chemical Dependency Counseling: Baccalaureate and Masters Level.
    B. Clinical Psychology: Ph.D. Program.
    C. Coding Specialist.
    D. Counseling Psychology: Ph.D. Program.
    E. Dental Hygiene: B.S.
    F. Dentistry: D.D.S. or D.M.D.
    G. Diagnostic Radiology Technology: Certificate, Associate, and 
B.S.
    H. Dietitian: B.S.
    I. Environmental Health & Engineering: B.S.
    J. Health Care Administration: Bachelors & Masters Level.
    K. Health Education: Bachelors & Masters Level.
    L. Health Records: R.H.I.T and R.H.I.A.
    M. Injury Prevention Specialist: Certificate.
    N. Medical Technology: B.S.
    O. Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic.
    P. 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 Indian Health Care Improvement 
Act.)
    Q. Occupational Therapy: B.S.
    R. Optician: Associate degree.
    S. Optometry: O.D.
    T. Pharmacy: Pharm D.
    U. Physician Assistant: PAC.
    V. Physical Therapy Assistant: Associate degree.
    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 with concentration in 
Epidemiology).
    Z. Public Health Nutrition: Masters Level only.
    AA. Respiratory Therapy: Associate.
    BB. Social Work: Masters Level only (Direct Practice and Clinical 
concentrations).
    CC. Ultrasonography (Prerequisite: Diagnostic Radiology 
Technology).

2. Review and Selection Process

    The applications will be reviewed & 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, computer ranking list will randomly sort 
and will not be sorted by alphabetical name. Selections for 
recommendations to the Director, IHS, are then made from the top of 
each ranking list to the extent that funds allocated by the IHS among 
the three scholarships are available for obligation.

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VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

    It is anticipated that applicants will be notified in writing 
during the third week of June, 2006. 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 Scholarships 
(Professions). Section 104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, as amended by the Indian 
Health Care Amendment of 1988, Pub. L. 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 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l) 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; and
    (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. 254l) 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 Scholarship (Health 
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. 94-437, as amended by Pub. L. 100-713, and Pub. L. 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 Indian Health 
Care Improvement Act 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 scholarship 
support and scholarship award payments will be discontinued.
A. 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).
B. 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.
C. 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).
D. Change of Status
     Change of Academic Status. Scholarship Grantees must 
immediately notify the IHS Area 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 Coordinator immediately in writing. Justification must 
be attached from the school advisor.

VII. Agency Contacts

    Please address application inquiries to the appropriate IHS Area 
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 (301) 443-6197. 
(This is not a toll free number.) For grants information, contact the 
Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Operations, Indian 
Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, Maryland 
20852;

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

VIII. Other Information

Access to Quality Health Services

    There are primary care objectives that will be enhanced through 
this grant program.
    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 2006-2007 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 28, 2005.
Robert G. McSwain,
Deputy Director, Indian Health Service.
[FR Doc. 05-22166 Filed 11-7-05; 8:45 am]
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