Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs, 7768-7772 [2020-02618]

Download as PDF 7768 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / Notices example, the Albuquerque Area Office identifies supplemental monies for dentists. Only the dental positions within the Albuquerque Area will be funded with the supplemental monies consistent with the HPSA scores within that area. Should an IHS service unit contribute to the LRP, those funds will be used for only those sites located in that service unit. Those sites will retain their relative ranking from their HPSA scores. Scholarship) authorized by Section 104 of the IHCIA, codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613a. Full-time and part-time scholarships will be funded for each of the three scholarship programs. The scholarship award selections and funding are subject to availability of funds. RADM Michael D. Weahkee, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. Estimated Funds Available An estimated $13.7 million will be available for fiscal year (FY) 2020 awards. The IHS Scholarship Program (IHSSP) anticipates, but cannot guarantee, student scholarship selections from any or all of the approved disciplines in the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship programs for the scholarship period 2020–2021 academic year. Due to the rising cost of education and the decreasing number of scholars who can be funded by the IHSSP, the IHSSP previously changed the funding policy for Preparatory Scholarship and Pregraduate Scholarship awards and reallocated a greater percentage of its funding in an effort to increase the number of Health Professions Scholarship, and inherently the number of service-obligated scholars, to better meet the health care needs of the IHS and its Tribal and Urban Indian health care system partners. This policy continues in effect for 2020–2021 academic year. [FR Doc. 2020–02617 Filed 2–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions PreGraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs Announcement Type: Initial. CFDA Numbers: 93.971, 93.123, and 93.972. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Key Dates Application Deadline Date: February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Application Review Date: March 30– April 30, 2020. Continuation Award Notification Deadline Date: June 5, 2020. New Award Notification Deadline Date: July 15, 2020. Award Start Date: August 1, 2020. Acceptance/Decline of Awards Deadline Date: August 15, 2020. 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 Scholarship (Preparatory Scholarship) authorized by Section 103 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94–437 (1976), as amended (IHCIA), codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613(b)(1). • The Indian Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship (Pre-graduate Scholarship) authorized by Section 103 of the IHCIA, codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613(b)(2). • The Indian Health Professions Scholarship (Health Professions VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Feb 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 II. Award Information Type of Award Scholarship. Anticipated Number of Awards Approximately 25 new awards will be made by the IHSSP under the Preparatory Scholarship and Pregraduate Scholarship programs for Indians. The awards are for 10 months in duration, with an additional 2 months for approved summer school requests, and will cover both tuition and fees and other related costs (ORC). The average award to a full-time student in both programs is approximately $40,372.61. Approximately 100 new awards will be made by the IHSSP under the Health Professions Scholarship program. The awards are for 12 months in duration and will cover both tuition and fees and ORC. The average award to a full-time student is approximately $120,814.38. Approximately a total of 300 awards will be made under the IHSSP Scholarship Program for FY 2020–2021. Project Period The project period for the Preparatory Scholarship stipend support, tuition, PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 fees and ORC 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 Pre-graduate Scholarship stipend support, tuition, fees and ORC is limited to 4 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 4 years, not to exceed 8 years for parttime students. The Health Professions Scholarship provides stipend support, tuition, fees, and ORC and 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 is a limited competition announcement. New and continuation scholarship awards are limited to ‘‘Indians’’ as defined at 25 U.S.C. 1603(13). Note: The definition of ‘‘Indians’’ for Section 103 Preparatory Scholarship and Pre-graduate Scholarship is broader than the definition of ‘‘Indians’’ for the Section 104 Health Professions Scholarship, as specified below. Continuation awards are non-competitive. 1. Eligibility The Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to American Indians (members of Federally recognized Tribes, including those from Tribes terminated since 1940, first and second degree descendants of members of federally recognized Tribes, members of Staterecognized Tribes and first and second degree descendants of members of Staterecognized Tribes), or Eskimo, Aleut, and other 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 Indian Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to American Indians (members of Federally recognized Tribes, including those from Tribes terminated since 1940, first and second degree descendants of members of federally recognized Tribes, members of State recognized Tribes, and first and second degree descendants of members of Staterecognized Tribes), or Eskimo, Aleut, or other 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 or pre-dentistry. E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / Notices The Indian Health Professions Scholarship may only be awarded to an individual who is a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native as provided by Section 1603(13) 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 an eligible profession. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants or cooperative agreements. 3. Benefits From State, Local, Tribal and Other Federal Sources or Health Professions Scholarship, who accept outside funding from other scholarship, grant, and fee waiver programs, will have these monies applied to their student account tuition and fees charges at the college or university they are attending, before the IHSSP will pay any of the remaining balance, unless said outside scholarship, grant, or fee waiver award letter specifically excludes use for tuition and fees. These outside funding sources must be reported on the student’s invoicing documents submitted by the college or university they are attending. Student loans and Veterans Administration (VA)/G.I. Bill benefits accepted by Health Professions Scholarship recipients will have no effect on the IHSSP payment made to their college or university. Awardees of the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, IV. Application Submission Information 1. Electronic Application System and Application Handbook Instructions and Forms Applicants must go online to: www.ihs.gov/scholarship/online_ application/index.cfm to apply for an IHS scholarship and access the Application Handbook instructions for submitting a properly completed application for review and funding consideration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek consultation from their Area Scholarship Coordinator (ASC) in preparing their scholarship application for award consideration. The ASCs are listed on the IHS website at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/ contact/areascholarshipcoordinators/. This information is listed below. Please review the following list to identify the appropriate IHS ASC for your State. IHS Area Office and States/ Locality Served Scholarship Coordinator Address Great Plains Area IHS ............................................. Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota Alaska Area Native Health Services ...................... Alaska Albuquerque Area IHS ............................................ Colorado, New Mexico Bemidji Area IHS .................................................... Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin Billings Area IHS .................................................... Montana, Wyoming Mr. Matthew Martin, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Great Plains Area IHS, 115 Fourth Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401, Tel: (605) 226–7502. Ms. Jennifer Fielder, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Alaska Area Native Health, 3900 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, Tel: (907) 729–1387. Ms. Jeanette Garcia, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Albuquerque Area IHS, 4101 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 225, Albuquerque, NM 87110, Tel: (505) 256–6729. Mr. Tony Buckanaga, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Bemidji Area IHS, 522 Minnesota Avenue NW, Room 115A, Bemidji, MN 56601, Tel: (218) 444–0486, (800) 892– 3079 (toll free). Mr. Brett Miller, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Billings Area IHS. Area Personnel Office, P.O. Box 36600, 2900 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 400, Billings, MT 59107, Tel: (406) 247–7211. Mr. Sergio Islas, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, California Area IHS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7–100, Sacramento, CA 95814, Tel: (916) 930–3983 ext. 724. Mr. Keith Neves, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Nashville Area IHS, 711 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, Tel: (615) 467–1616. California Area IHS ................................................. California 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, New Mexico, Utah Oklahoma City Area IHS ........................................ Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Phoenix Area IHS .................................................... Arizona, Nevada, Utah Portland Area IHS ................................................... Idaho, Oregon, Washington Tucson Area IHS ..................................................... Arizona khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 7769 2. Content and Form Submission Each applicant will be responsible for entering their basic applicant account information online, in addition to submitting required documents as requested. Applicants must initiate an VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Feb 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 Ms. Aletha John, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Navajo Area IHS, P.O. Box 9020, Window Rock, AZ 86515, Tel: (928) 871–1360. Mr. Jarrod Tahsequah, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Oklahoma City Area IHS, 701 Market Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73114, Tel: (405) 951–3714, (800) 722–3357 (toll free). Ms. Stephanie Qa’havi, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Phoenix Area IHS, Southwest Region Human Resources, 40 North Central Avenue, Suite 510, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Tel: (602) 364–5225. Ms. Heidi Hulsey, IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator, Portland Area IHS, 1414 NW Northrup Street, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97209, Tel: (503) 414–7745. Ms. Stephanie Qa’havi (See Phoenix Area). application through the online portal or the application will be considered incomplete. For more information on how to use the online portal, go to www.ihs.gov/scholarship. The portal is PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 expected to be open on December 30, 2019. The following documents must be submitted by February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern: • A completed online application. E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 7770 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / Notices • Official transcript(s) must be uploaded from the last college/ university degree you earned, and from your current degree program. Official transcript(s) must support your intended enrollment/classification status for 2020–2021. • Two Faculty/Employer Evaluations with faculty evaluators identified, evaluations transmitted and completed in the online applicant portal. • Online narratives-reasons for requesting the scholarship. • Delinquent Debt form completed in the online applicant portal. • Course Curriculum Form completed in the online applicant portal. Non-selected applicants will be notified by mail by the end of May. Selected applicants will be notified to upload the following documents within 30 days of notification: • Current Letter of Acceptance from a college/university or proof of application to a college/university or health professions program. • Applicant’s Documents for Indian Eligibility. If you are a member of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native (recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), provide evidence of A. 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). Note: If you meet the criteria of Form 4432—Category B or C, you are eligible only for the Preparatory or Pre-graduate Scholarships, which have eligibility criteria as follows in Section B. B. For Preparatory Scholarship or Pregraduate Scholarship, only: 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Feb 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 C. For Preparatory Scholarship or Pregraduate Scholarship, only: 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/grandparent’s birth/death 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. • Degree/Major Plan of Study. • Declaration of Federal Employment—OMB Form 3206–0162. • Addendum OF 306 Form—OMB Form 0917–0028. 3. Submission Dates Application Receipt Date: The online application submission deadline is February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern. No supporting documents will be accepted after this date and time, except final Letters of Acceptance, which must be submitted no later than July 1, 2020. 4. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program. 5. Funding Restrictions No more than five percent 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 six 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 the applicable authorizing statutes at 25 U.S.C §§ 1613 and 1613a and the regulations at 42 CFR part 136 Subpart J, Subdivisions J–3, J–4, and J–8 and this information will be published in all IHSSP Application and Student Handbooks as they pertain to the IHSSP. 6. Other Submissions Requirements New and continuation applicants are responsible for using the online application system. See section 3. Submission Dates for application deadlines. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 V. Application Review Information 1. Criteria Selected applications will be reviewed and scored with the following criteria. • 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 judgment of the applicant’s achievement. Preparatory, Pre-graduate and Health Professions applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 are not eligible for 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 Related to the Needs of the IHS (30 points): Applicants must provide a brief written explanation of reasons for asking for the scholarship and of their career goals. Applicants are considered for scholarship awards based on their desired career goals and how these goals relate to current Indian health personnel needs. The applicant’s narrative will be judged on how well it is written and its content. Applications for each health career category are reviewed and ranked separately. • Applicants who are closest to graduation or completion of training are awarded first. For example, senior and junior applicants under the Pre-graduate Scholarship receive funding before freshmen and sophomores. • Priority Categories: The following is a list of health professions that will be considered for funding in each scholarship program in FY 2020. Æ Preparatory Scholarship is limited to sophomore students pursuing the following degrees. A. Pre-Nursing. Æ Pre-graduate Scholarship is limited to junior year and above students pursuing the following degrees. A. Pre-Dentistry. B. Pre-Medicine. Æ Health Professions Scholarship. This scholarship is limited to students who are or will be in the following plan of study by August 1, 2020. A. Medicine—Allopathic and Osteopathic doctorate degrees. E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / Notices B. Nursing—Bachelor of Science (BSN). C. Nursing (NP, DNP)—Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse. D. Nursing—Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). E. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). F. Physician Assistant (certified). G. Dentistry—DDS or DMD degree. H. Social Work—Master’s degree (Clinical). I. Clinical Psychology—Ph.D. or PsyD. J. Counseling Psychology—Ph.D. K. Optometry—OD. L. Pharmacy—PharmD. M. Podiatry—DPM. N. Physical Therapy—DPT. 2. Review and Selection Process Selected applications will be reviewed and scored by the IHSSP Application Review Committee appointed by the IHS. Reviewers will not be allowed to review an application from their area or their own Tribe. Each application will be reviewed by three reviewers. The average score of the three reviews provides 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 by date of graduation and score. If several students have the same date of graduation and score within the same discipline, the computer will randomly sort the ranking list and will not sort by alphabetical name. Selections 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. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices It is anticipated that recipients applying for extension of their scholarship funding will be notified in writing during the second week of June 2020 and new applicants will be notified in writing during the second week of July 2020. An Award Letter will be issued to successful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 allied health professions eligible for consideration for the award of the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship. Section 104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, 25 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Feb 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 U.S.C. 1613a(b)(1), authorizes the IHS to determine the distribution of scholarships among the health professions. Awards for the Health Professions Scholarship will be made in accordance with the IHCIA, 25 U.S.C. 1613a and 42 CFR 136.330–136.334. Awardees shall incur a service obligation prescribed under the IHCIA, Section 1613a(b), shall be met by service, through full-time clinical practice (as detailed on page 18 of the IHSSP Service Commitment Handbook at: http://www.ihs.gov/ scholarship/handbooks/service_ commitment_handbook.pdf): (1) In the IHS; (2) In a program conducted under a contract or compact entered into under the Indian Self-Determination 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 of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and (b) addresses the health care needs of a substantial number (75 percent of the total served) of Indians as determined by the Secretary in accordance with guidelines of the Service. Pursuant to the IHCIA Section 1613a(b)(3)(C), an awardee of a Health Professions Scholarship may, at the election of the awardee, meet his or her service obligation prescribed under IHCIA Section 1613a(b) by a program specified in options (1)–(4) above that: (i) Is located on the reservation of the Tribe in which the awardee is enrolled; or (ii) Serves the Tribe in which the awardee is enrolled, if there is an open vacancy available in the discipline for which the awardee was funded under the Health Professions Scholarship during the required 90-day placement period. In summary, all awardees of the Indian Health Professions Scholarship are reminded that acceptance of this scholarship will result in a service obligation required by both statute and contract, that must be performed, through full-time clinical practice, at an approved service payback facility. The IHS Director (Director) reserves the right to make final decisions regarding assignment of scholarship recipients to fulfill their service obligation. Moreover, the Director has the authority to make the final determination, designating a facility, PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7771 whether managed and operated by the IHS, or one of its Tribal or Urban Indian partners, consistent with IHCIA, as approved for scholar-obligated service payback. 3. Reporting Requirements Scholarship Program Minimum Academic Requirements It is the policy of the IHS that a scholarship awardee funded under the Health Professions Scholarship Program of the IHCIA must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, remain in good academic standing each semester/ trimester/quarter, maintain full-time student status (institutional definition of ‘‘minimum hours’’ constituting full-time enrollment applies) or part-time student status (institutional definition of ‘‘minimum and maximum’’ hours constituting part-time enrollment applies) for the entire academic year, as indicated on the scholarship application submitted for that academic year. The Health Professions Scholarship awardee may not change his or her enrollment status between terms of enrollment during the same academic year unless approved in advance by the Chief, Scholarship Program. New recipients may not request a leave of absence the first academic year. All requests for leave of absence are to be approved in advance by the Director, Division of Health Professions Support. An awardee of a scholarship under the Preparatory Scholarship and Pregraduate Scholarship authority must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, remain in good standing each semester/ trimester/quarter and be a full-time student (institutional definition of ‘‘minimum hours’’ constituting full-time enrollment applies, typically 12 credit hours per semester) or a part-time student (institutional definition of ‘‘minimum and maximum’’ hours constituting part-time enrollment applies, typically 6–11 credit hours). The Preparatory Scholarship and Pregraduate Scholarship awardee may not change from part-time status to full-time status or vice versa in the same academic year unless approved in advance by the Chief, Scholarship Program. New recipients may not request a leave of absence the first academic year. The following reports must be sent to the IHSSP at the identified time frame. Each scholarship awardee will have access to online Student and Service Commitment Handbooks and required program forms and instructions on when, how, and to whom these must be submitted, by logging into the IHSSP website at www.ihs.gov/scholarship. If a E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 7772 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / Notices scholarship awardee fails to submit these forms and reports as required, they will be ineligible for continuation of scholarship support and scholarship award payments will be discontinued. A. Recipient’s and Initial Progress Report Within thirty days from the beginning of each semester/trimester/quarter, scholarship awardees must submit a Recipient’s Initial Program Progress Report (Form IHS–856–8), found on the IHS Scholarship Program website at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/ programresources/studentforms/. B. Transcripts Within thirty days from the end of each academic period, i.e., semester/ trimester/quarter, or summer session, scholarship awardees must submit an Official transcript showing the results of the classes taken during that period. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES C. Notification of Academic Problem If at any time during the semester/ trimester/quarter, scholarship awardees are advised to reduce the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled below the minimum of the 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 (Form IHS–856–9), found on the IHS Scholarship Program website at: www.ihs.gov/scholarship/ programresources/studentforms/. D. Change of Status • Change of Academic Status: Scholarship awardees must immediately notify their Scholarship Program Analyst if they are placed on academic probation, dismissed from school, or voluntarily withdraw for any reason (personal or medical). • Change of Health Discipline: Scholarship awardees may not change from the approved IHSSP 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 awardee’s expected graduation date, they must notify their Scholarship Program Analyst immediately in writing. Justification must be attached from the school advisor. Approvals must be made by the Chief, Scholarship Program. New awardees are not eligible to change their graduation dates during the first year in the program since awards were based on graduation dates. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Feb 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 VII. Agency Contacts 1. Questions on the application process may be directed to the appropriate IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator. 2. Questions on other programmatic matters may be addressed to: Ms. Reta Brewer, Chief, Scholarship Program, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: OHR (11E53A), Rockville, Maryland 20857, Telephone: (301) 443–6197 (This is not a toll-free number). 3. Questions on payment information may be directed to: Mr. Craig Boswell, Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: (09E65A), Rockville, Maryland 20857, Telephone: (301) 443–0056 (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 2020, 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 download a copy of Healthy People 2020 from http://www.healthypeople.gov. Interested individuals are reminded that the list of eligible IHSSP health and allied professions is effective for applicants for the 2020–2021 academic year. These priorities will remain in effect until superseded. Applicants who apply for health career categories not listed as a priorities during the current scholarship cycle will not be considered for a scholarship award. RADM Michael D. Weahkee, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2020–02618 Filed 2–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meetings. The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Review of Kidney Diseases RC2 Application. Date: March 17, 2020. Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Tian, Lan, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 7016, Bethesda, MD 20892–5452, (301) 496–7050, tianl@ niddk.nih.gov. Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIDDK PKD–U54– U24 Review. Date: March 30–31, 2020. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Doubletree Hotel Bethesda, (Formerly Holiday Inn Select), Conference Room Bethesdan D, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. Contact Person: Xiaodu Guo, MD, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 7023, Bethesda, MD 20892–5452, (301) 594–4719, guox@extra.niddk.nih.gov. Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Review of Hematology RC2 Application. Date: March 31, 2020. Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Tian, Lan, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Suite 7016, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892–5452, (301) 496–7050, tianl@ niddk.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.847, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Research; 93.848, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Research; 93.849, Kidney Diseases, Urology and Hematology Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions 
Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs

    Announcement Type: Initial.
    CFDA Numbers: 93.971, 93.123, and 93.972.

Key Dates

    Application Deadline Date: February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
    Application Review Date: March 30-April 30, 2020.
    Continuation Award Notification Deadline Date: June 5, 2020.
    New Award Notification Deadline Date: July 15, 2020.
    Award Start Date: August 1, 2020.
    Acceptance/Decline of Awards Deadline Date: August 15, 2020.

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 Scholarship 
(Preparatory Scholarship) authorized by Section 103 of the Indian 
Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437 (1976), as amended 
(IHCIA), codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613(b)(1).
     The Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship 
(Pre-graduate Scholarship) authorized by Section 103 of the IHCIA, 
codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613(b)(2).
     The Indian Health Professions Scholarship (Health 
Professions Scholarship) authorized by Section 104 of the IHCIA, 
codified at 25 U.S.C. 1613a.
    Full-time and part-time scholarships will be funded for each of the 
three scholarship programs. The scholarship award selections and 
funding are subject to availability of funds.

II. Award Information

Type of Award

    Scholarship.

Estimated Funds Available

    An estimated $13.7 million will be available for fiscal year (FY) 
2020 awards. The IHS Scholarship Program (IHSSP) anticipates, but 
cannot guarantee, student scholarship selections from any or all of the 
approved disciplines in the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate 
Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship programs for the 
scholarship period 2020-2021 academic year. Due to the rising cost of 
education and the decreasing number of scholars who can be funded by 
the IHSSP, the IHSSP previously changed the funding policy for 
Preparatory Scholarship and Pre-graduate Scholarship awards and 
reallocated a greater percentage of its funding in an effort to 
increase the number of Health Professions Scholarship, and inherently 
the number of service-obligated scholars, to better meet the health 
care needs of the IHS and its Tribal and Urban Indian health care 
system partners. This policy continues in effect for 2020-2021 academic 
year.

Anticipated Number of Awards

    Approximately 25 new awards will be made by the IHSSP under the 
Preparatory Scholarship and Pre-graduate Scholarship programs for 
Indians. The awards are for 10 months in duration, with an additional 2 
months for approved summer school requests, and will cover both tuition 
and fees and other related costs (ORC). The average award to a full-
time student in both programs is approximately $40,372.61. 
Approximately 100 new awards will be made by the IHSSP under the Health 
Professions Scholarship program. The awards are for 12 months in 
duration and will cover both tuition and fees and ORC. The average 
award to a full-time student is approximately $120,814.38. 
Approximately a total of 300 awards will be made under the IHSSP 
Scholarship Program for FY 2020-2021.

Project Period

    The project period for the Preparatory Scholarship stipend support, 
tuition, fees and ORC 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 Pre-graduate Scholarship 
stipend support, tuition, fees and ORC 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 Health Professions Scholarship 
provides stipend support, tuition, fees, and ORC and 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 is a limited competition announcement. New and continuation 
scholarship awards are limited to ``Indians'' as defined at 25 U.S.C. 
1603(13). Note: The definition of ``Indians'' for Section 103 
Preparatory Scholarship and Pre-graduate Scholarship is broader than 
the definition of ``Indians'' for the Section 104 Health Professions 
Scholarship, as specified below. Continuation awards are non-
competitive.

1. Eligibility

    The Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are 
made to American Indians (members of Federally recognized Tribes, 
including those from Tribes terminated since 1940, first and second 
degree descendants of members of federally recognized Tribes, members 
of State-recognized Tribes and first and second degree descendants of 
members of State-recognized Tribes), or Eskimo, Aleut, and other 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 Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship awards are 
made to American Indians (members of Federally recognized Tribes, 
including those from Tribes terminated since 1940, first and second 
degree descendants of members of federally recognized Tribes, members 
of State recognized Tribes, and first and second degree descendants of 
members of State-recognized Tribes), or Eskimo, Aleut, or other 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 pre-graduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in 
pre-medicine or pre-dentistry.

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    The Indian Health Professions Scholarship may only be awarded to an 
individual who is a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, 
Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native as provided by Section 1603(13) 
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 an eligible profession.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants 
or cooperative agreements.

3. Benefits From State, Local, Tribal and Other Federal Sources

    Awardees of the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, 
or Health Professions Scholarship, who accept outside funding from 
other scholarship, grant, and fee waiver programs, will have these 
monies applied to their student account tuition and fees charges at the 
college or university they are attending, before the IHSSP will pay any 
of the remaining balance, unless said outside scholarship, grant, or 
fee waiver award letter specifically excludes use for tuition and fees. 
These outside funding sources must be reported on the student's 
invoicing documents submitted by the college or university they are 
attending. Student loans and Veterans Administration (VA)/G.I. Bill 
benefits accepted by Health Professions Scholarship recipients will 
have no effect on the IHSSP payment made to their college or 
university.

IV. Application Submission Information

1. Electronic Application System and Application Handbook Instructions 
and Forms

    Applicants must go online to: www.ihs.gov/scholarship/online_application/index.cfm to apply for an IHS scholarship and access 
the Application Handbook instructions for submitting a properly 
completed application for review and funding consideration. Applicants 
are strongly encouraged to seek consultation from their Area 
Scholarship Coordinator (ASC) in preparing their scholarship 
application for award consideration. The ASCs are listed on the IHS 
website at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/contact/areascholarshipcoordinators/.
    This information is listed below. Please review the following list 
to identify the appropriate IHS ASC for your State.

 
 IHS Area Office and States/
       Locality Served              Scholarship Coordinator Address
 
Great Plains Area IHS........  Mr. Matthew Martin, IHS Area Scholarship
Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota,   Coordinator, Great Plains Area IHS, 115
 South Dakota.                  Fourth Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401,
                                Tel: (605) 226-7502.
Alaska Area Native Health      Ms. Jennifer Fielder, IHS Area
 Services.                      Scholarship Coordinator, Alaska Area
Alaska.......................   Native Health, 3900 Ambassador Drive,
                                Anchorage, AK 99508, Tel: (907) 729-
                                1387.
Albuquerque Area IHS.........  Ms. Jeanette Garcia, IHS Area Scholarship
Colorado, New Mexico.........   Coordinator, Albuquerque Area IHS, 4101
                                Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 225,
                                Albuquerque, NM 87110, Tel: (505) 256-
                                6729.
Bemidji Area IHS.............  Mr. Tony Buckanaga, IHS Area Scholarship
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,    Coordinator, Bemidji Area IHS, 522
 Minnesota, Wisconsin.          Minnesota Avenue NW, Room 115A, Bemidji,
                                MN 56601, Tel: (218) 444-0486, (800) 892-
                                3079 (toll free).
Billings Area IHS............  Mr. Brett Miller, IHS Area Scholarship
                                Coordinator, Billings Area IHS.
    Montana, Wyoming           Area Personnel Office, P.O. Box 36600,
                                2900 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 400,
                                Billings, MT 59107, Tel: (406) 247-7211.
California Area IHS..........  Mr. Sergio Islas, IHS Area Scholarship
California...................   Coordinator, California Area IHS, 650
                                Capitol Mall, Suite 7-100, Sacramento,
                                CA 95814, Tel: (916) 930-3983 ext. 724.
Nashville Area IHS...........  Mr. Keith Neves, IHS Area Scholarship
Alabama, Arkansas,              Coordinator, Nashville Area IHS, 711
 Connecticut, Delaware,         Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN
 Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,    37214, Tel: (615) 467-1616.
 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..............  Ms. Aletha John, IHS Area Scholarship
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah....   Coordinator, Navajo Area IHS, P.O. Box
                                9020, Window Rock, AZ 86515, Tel: (928)
                                871-1360.
Oklahoma City Area IHS.......  Mr. Jarrod Tahsequah, IHS Area
Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma,     Scholarship Coordinator, Oklahoma City
 Texas.                         Area IHS, 701 Market Drive, Oklahoma
                                City, OK 73114, Tel: (405) 951-3714,
                                (800) 722-3357 (toll free).
Phoenix Area IHS.............  Ms. Stephanie Qa'havi, IHS Area
Arizona, Nevada, Utah........   Scholarship Coordinator, Phoenix Area
                                IHS, Southwest Region Human Resources,
                                40 North Central Avenue, Suite 510,
                                Phoenix, AZ 85004, Tel: (602) 364-5225.
Portland Area IHS............  Ms. Heidi Hulsey, IHS Area Scholarship
Idaho, Oregon, Washington....   Coordinator, Portland Area IHS, 1414 NW
                                Northrup Street, Suite 800, Portland, OR
                                97209, Tel: (503) 414-7745.
Tucson Area IHS..............  Ms. Stephanie Qa'havi (See Phoenix Area).
    Arizona
 

2. Content and Form Submission

    Each applicant will be responsible for entering their basic 
applicant account information online, in addition to submitting 
required documents as requested. Applicants must initiate an 
application through the online portal or the application will be 
considered incomplete. For more information on how to use the online 
portal, go to www.ihs.gov/scholarship. The portal is expected to be 
open on December 30, 2019.
    The following documents must be submitted by February 28, 2020, 
7:00 p.m. Eastern:
     A completed online application.

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     Official transcript(s) must be uploaded from the last 
college/university degree you earned, and from your current degree 
program. Official transcript(s) must support your intended enrollment/
classification status for 2020-2021.
     Two Faculty/Employer Evaluations with faculty evaluators 
identified, evaluations transmitted and completed in the online 
applicant portal.
     Online narratives-reasons for requesting the scholarship.
     Delinquent Debt form completed in the online applicant 
portal.
     Course Curriculum Form completed in the online applicant 
portal.
    Non-selected applicants will be notified by mail by the end of May. 
Selected applicants will be notified to upload the following documents 
within 30 days of notification:
     Current Letter of Acceptance from a college/university or 
proof of application to a college/university or health professions 
program.
     Applicant's Documents for Indian Eligibility.
    If you are a member of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska 
Native (recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), provide evidence 
of
    A. 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).
    Note: If you meet the criteria of Form 4432--Category B or C, you 
are eligible only for the Preparatory or Pre-graduate Scholarships, 
which have eligibility criteria as follows in Section B.
    B. For Preparatory Scholarship or Pre-graduate Scholarship, only: 
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. For Preparatory Scholarship or Pre-graduate Scholarship, only: 
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/grandparent's birth/death 
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.
     Degree/Major Plan of Study.
     Declaration of Federal Employment--OMB Form 3206-0162.
     Addendum OF 306 Form--OMB Form 0917-0028.

3. Submission Dates

    Application Receipt Date: The online application submission 
deadline is February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern. No supporting 
documents will be accepted after this date and time, except final 
Letters of Acceptance, which must be submitted no later than July 1, 
2020.

4. Intergovernmental Review

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

5. Funding Restrictions

    No more than five percent 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 six 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 the applicable authorizing statutes at 25 U.S.C Sec. Sec.  1613 
and 1613a and the regulations at 42 CFR part 136 Subpart J, 
Subdivisions J-3, J-4, and J-8 and this information will be published 
in all IHSSP Application and Student Handbooks as they pertain to the 
IHSSP.

6. Other Submissions Requirements

    New and continuation applicants are responsible for using the 
online application system. See section 3. Submission Dates for 
application deadlines.

V. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

    Selected applications will be reviewed and scored with the 
following criteria.
     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 judgment of the applicant's achievement. 
Preparatory, Pre-graduate and Health Professions applicants with a 
cumulative GPA below 2.0 are not eligible for 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 Related to the Needs of the IHS (30 points): Applicants 
must provide a brief written explanation of reasons for asking for the 
scholarship and of their career goals. Applicants are considered for 
scholarship awards based on their desired career goals and how these 
goals relate to current Indian health personnel needs.
    The applicant's narrative will be judged on how well it is written 
and its content.
    Applications for each health career category are reviewed and 
ranked separately.
     Applicants who are closest to graduation or completion of 
training are awarded first. For example, senior and junior applicants 
under the Pre-graduate Scholarship receive funding before freshmen and 
sophomores.
     Priority Categories: The following is a list of health 
professions that will be considered for funding in each scholarship 
program in FY 2020.
    [cir] Preparatory Scholarship is limited to sophomore students 
pursuing the following degrees.
    A. Pre-Nursing.
    [cir] Pre-graduate Scholarship is limited to junior year and above 
students pursuing the following degrees.
    A. Pre-Dentistry.
    B. Pre-Medicine.
    [cir] Health Professions Scholarship. This scholarship is limited 
to students who are or will be in the following plan of study by August 
1, 2020.
    A. Medicine--Allopathic and Osteopathic doctorate degrees.

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    B. Nursing--Bachelor of Science (BSN).
    C. Nursing (NP, DNP)--Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse.
    D. Nursing--Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).
    E. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
    F. Physician Assistant (certified).
    G. Dentistry--DDS or DMD degree.
    H. Social Work--Master's degree (Clinical).
    I. Clinical Psychology--Ph.D. or PsyD.
    J. Counseling Psychology--Ph.D.
    K. Optometry--OD.
    L. Pharmacy--PharmD.
    M. Podiatry--DPM.
    N. Physical Therapy--DPT.

2. Review and Selection Process

    Selected applications will be reviewed and scored by the IHSSP 
Application Review Committee appointed by the IHS. Reviewers will not 
be allowed to review an application from their area or their own Tribe. 
Each application will be reviewed by three reviewers. The average score 
of the three reviews provides 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 by date of graduation and score. If several students have 
the same date of graduation and score within the same discipline, the 
computer will randomly sort the ranking list and will not sort by 
alphabetical name. Selections 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.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

    It is anticipated that recipients applying for extension of their 
scholarship funding will be notified in writing during the second week 
of June 2020 and new applicants will be notified in writing during the 
second week of July 2020. An Award Letter will be issued to successful 
applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing.

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 allied health professions eligible for 
consideration for the award of the Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-
graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship. Section 
104(b)(1) of the IHCIA, 25 U.S.C. 1613a(b)(1), authorizes the IHS to 
determine the distribution of scholarships among the health 
professions.
    Awards for the Health Professions Scholarship will be made in 
accordance with the IHCIA, 25 U.S.C. 1613a and 42 CFR 136.330-136.334. 
Awardees shall incur a service obligation prescribed under the IHCIA, 
Section 1613a(b), shall be met by service, through full-time clinical 
practice (as detailed on page 18 of the IHSSP Service Commitment 
Handbook at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/handbooks/service_commitment_handbook.pdf):
    (1) In the IHS;
    (2) In a program conducted under a contract or compact entered into 
under the Indian Self-Determination 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 of Health and 
Human Services (Secretary) and (b) addresses the health care needs of a 
substantial number (75 percent of the total served) of Indians as 
determined by the Secretary in accordance with guidelines of the 
Service.
    Pursuant to the IHCIA Section 1613a(b)(3)(C), an awardee of a 
Health Professions Scholarship may, at the election of the awardee, 
meet his or her service obligation prescribed under IHCIA Section 
1613a(b) by a program specified in options (1)-(4) above that:
    (i) Is located on the reservation of the Tribe in which the awardee 
is enrolled; or
    (ii) Serves the Tribe in which the awardee is enrolled, if there is 
an open vacancy available in the discipline for which the awardee was 
funded under the Health Professions Scholarship during the required 90-
day placement period.
    In summary, all awardees of the Indian Health Professions 
Scholarship are reminded that acceptance of this scholarship will 
result in a service obligation required by both statute and contract, 
that must be performed, through full-time clinical practice, at an 
approved service payback facility. The IHS Director (Director) reserves 
the right to make final decisions regarding assignment of scholarship 
recipients to fulfill their service obligation.
    Moreover, the Director has the authority to make the final 
determination, designating a facility, whether managed and operated by 
the IHS, or one of its Tribal or Urban Indian partners, consistent with 
IHCIA, as approved for scholar-obligated service payback.

3. Reporting Requirements

Scholarship Program Minimum Academic Requirements
    It is the policy of the IHS that a scholarship awardee funded under 
the Health Professions Scholarship Program of the IHCIA must maintain a 
2.0 cumulative GPA, remain in good academic standing each semester/
trimester/quarter, maintain full-time student status (institutional 
definition of ``minimum hours'' constituting full-time enrollment 
applies) or part-time student status (institutional definition of 
``minimum and maximum'' hours constituting part-time enrollment 
applies) for the entire academic year, as indicated on the scholarship 
application submitted for that academic year. The Health Professions 
Scholarship awardee may not change his or her enrollment status between 
terms of enrollment during the same academic year unless approved in 
advance by the Chief, Scholarship Program. New recipients may not 
request a leave of absence the first academic year. All requests for 
leave of absence are to be approved in advance by the Director, 
Division of Health Professions Support.
    An awardee of a scholarship under the Preparatory Scholarship and 
Pre-graduate Scholarship authority must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, 
remain in good standing each semester/trimester/quarter and be a full-
time student (institutional definition of ``minimum hours'' 
constituting full-time enrollment applies, typically 12 credit hours 
per semester) or a part-time student (institutional definition of 
``minimum and maximum'' hours constituting part-time enrollment 
applies, typically 6-11 credit hours). The Preparatory Scholarship and 
Pre-graduate Scholarship awardee may not change from part-time status 
to full-time status or vice versa in the same academic year unless 
approved in advance by the Chief, Scholarship Program. New recipients 
may not request a leave of absence the first academic year.
    The following reports must be sent to the IHSSP at the identified 
time frame. Each scholarship awardee will have access to online Student 
and Service Commitment Handbooks and required program forms and 
instructions on when, how, and to whom these must be submitted, by 
logging into the IHSSP website at www.ihs.gov/scholarship. If a

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scholarship awardee fails to submit these forms and reports as 
required, they will be ineligible for continuation of scholarship 
support and scholarship award payments will be discontinued.
A. Recipient's and Initial Progress Report
    Within thirty days from the beginning of each semester/trimester/
quarter, scholarship awardees must submit a Recipient's Initial Program 
Progress Report (Form IHS-856-8), found on the IHS Scholarship Program 
website at: http://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/programresources/studentforms/.
B. Transcripts
    Within thirty days from the end of each academic period, i.e., 
semester/trimester/quarter, or summer session, scholarship awardees 
must submit an Official transcript showing the results of the classes 
taken during that period.
C. Notification of Academic Problem
    If at any time during the semester/trimester/quarter, scholarship 
awardees are advised to reduce the number of credit hours for which 
they are enrolled below the minimum of the 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 (Form IHS-856-9), found on the 
IHS Scholarship Program website at: www.ihs.gov/scholarship/programresources/studentforms/.
D. Change of Status
     Change of Academic Status: Scholarship awardees must 
immediately notify their Scholarship Program Analyst if they are placed 
on academic probation, dismissed from school, or voluntarily withdraw 
for any reason (personal or medical).
     Change of Health Discipline: Scholarship awardees may not 
change from the approved IHSSP 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 awardee's expected graduation date, they must notify 
their Scholarship Program Analyst immediately in writing. Justification 
must be attached from the school advisor. Approvals must be made by the 
Chief, Scholarship Program. New awardees are not eligible to change 
their graduation dates during the first year in the program since 
awards were based on graduation dates.

VII. Agency Contacts

    1. Questions on the application process may be directed to the 
appropriate IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator.
    2. Questions on other programmatic matters may be addressed to: Ms. 
Reta Brewer, Chief, Scholarship Program, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 
OHR (11E53A), Rockville, Maryland 20857, Telephone: (301) 443-6197 
(This is not a toll-free number).
    3. Questions on payment information may be directed to: Mr. Craig 
Boswell, Grants Scholarship Coordinator, Division of Grants Management, 
Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: (09E65A), 
Rockville, Maryland 20857, Telephone: (301) 443-0056 (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 
2020, 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 download a copy of 
Healthy People 2020 from http://www.healthypeople.gov.
    Interested individuals are reminded that the list of eligible IHSSP 
health and allied professions is effective for applicants for the 2020-
2021 academic year. These priorities will remain in effect until 
superseded. Applicants who apply for health career categories not 
listed as a priorities during the current scholarship cycle will not be 
considered for a scholarship award.

RADM Michael D. Weahkee,
Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Principal Deputy 
Director, Indian Health Service.
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