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Hi all!

 

Congrats to everyone who was accepted this cycle!!! I received my acceptance in February and have been ecstatic since. Then I remembered that I need to pay for this somehow, loans or scholarship.

 

I am married and have three children under 5, and my wife stays at home, so it is looking like lots of loans or (fingers crossed/praying) NHSC scholarship. I just finished my NHSC scholarship application and submitted yesterday! 

 

Anyone else apply for the NHSC scholarship?

 

I know it will be a while before we hear anything, but hopefully we can keep each other updated on our status changes for encouragement. 

 

Good luck to everyone!

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I applied this cycle, submitted my application on the due date haha. I definitely like the idea of updating this if/when we hear back! Good luck to you both and hopefully we'll be hearing good news!

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I follow this forum. It is under the pre-dental section but it is all the same application. Good luck to all!!

 

Thanks for this, I just read through a lot of this, mostly the last few pages, and it is very helpful!

 

Good luck!

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Good luck to everyone  who is applying this year. I am not an expert but from what I have seen from the forums and from my friends who have received the scholarship, NHSC will do a credit check sometime toward the beginning of June through July. I am not sure if there is just one or possibly more dates that they check credit scores. Your credit report may not show NHSC but you will still notice that someone checked your credit.  You can verify that it was the NHSC by contacting the credit agency.  I am NOT a scholar but am applying a second time.  Having your credit checked does not guarantee anything but it means you are being considered still.  It's a good sign but again, no guarantee. NHSC used to do interviews but no longer does anymore.  In the coming weeks, please share if your credit is checked so we can also check ours! 

 

Also, the following link is useful because it shows previous years required HPSA score upon graduation.  Lower the number = more desirable jobs. This is just for those who are curious.   

 

https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/currentmembers/scholars/fromtrainingtopractice/index.html

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I checked my credit karma today and saw that CREDCO checked my credit yesterday!

That's good but it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I applied last year and had heard that a CREDCO check meant you were probably a finalist. When I got the notice that CREDCO had checked my credit, I got super excited. However, I was not a finalist and never heard another thing until the final rejection email sometime in September. I later read that everyone gets a CREDCO check. It's all a guessing game - and probably even more so this year given how Trump and the GOP are hell-bent on destroying federal agencies and probably this program eventually.  

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That's good but it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I applied last year and had heard that a CREDCO check meant you were probably a finalist. When I got the notice that CREDCO had checked my credit, I got super excited. However, I was not a finalist and never heard another thing until the final rejection email sometime in September. I later read that everyone gets a CREDCO check. It's all a guessing game - and probably even more so this year given how Trump and the GOP are hell-bent on destroying federal agencies and probably this program eventually.  

 

I think that it's still good news. No one is a finalist who hasn't had their credit checked. It's a sign that you successfully completed all of the paperwork - which is a huge accomplishment considering how contradictory their requirements are within their own program guidance document... all documents must be PDF v. all documents need not be PDF, all documents must be signed v. all documents must not be signed, 250 words v. 350 words, etc. 

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That's good but it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I applied last year and had heard that a CREDCO check meant you were probably a finalist. When I got the notice that CREDCO had checked my credit, I got super excited. However, I was not a finalist and never heard another thing until the final rejection email sometime in September. I later read that everyone gets a CREDCO check. It's all a guessing game - and probably even more so this year given how Trump and the GOP are hell-bent on destroying federal agencies and probably this program eventually.

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For what it is worth.  I never had my credit checked last year and I obviously did not receive the scholarship. It could have been that I just didn't fill something out correctly last year but I was pretty sure that I had. I had my credit checked by the department of education on June 4th 2017 per credit karma but is it supposed to be CREDCO? 

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For what it is worth.  I never had my credit checked last year and I obviously did not receive the scholarship. It could have been that I just didn't fill something out correctly last year but I was pretty sure that I had. I had my credit checked by the department of education on June 4th 2017 per credit karma but is it supposed to be CREDCO? 

I had my credit checked by the dept of education for my loans, I don't know if that could be it for you too? From what I've read CREDCO is what shows up when the NHSC checks it

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I had my credit checked by the dept of education for my loans, I don't know if that could be it for you too? From what I've read CREDCO is what shows up when the NHSC checks it

 

Yep, CREDCO is what will show if it's the NHSC checking your credit. 

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I think that it's still good news. No one is a finalist who hasn't had their credit checked. It's a sign that you successfully completed all of the paperwork - which is a huge accomplishment considering how contradictory their requirements are within their own program guidance document... all documents must be PDF v. all documents need not be PDF, all documents must be signed v. all documents must not be signed, 250 words v. 350 words, etc. 

 

Agreed, I think it is a great sign! Be encouraged and congrats to everyone who got there credit checked! Mine has not been checked yet.

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Only one person got their credit checked???

 

Anyone else with input?

 

RainOnNeptune : Any chance you would share a bit about your qualifications? Disadvantaged? Experience? Grades?

 

The whole acceptance process is so mysterious it would be nice to see what types of folks are getting the all powerful backgound check.

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Only one person got their credit checked???

 

Anyone else with input?

 

RainOnNeptune : Any chance you would share a bit about your qualifications? Disadvantaged? Experience? Grades?

 

The whole acceptance process is so mysterious it would be nice to see what types of folks are getting the all powerful backgound check.

Some people on the dental forum at student doctor have said their credit was checked on the same day. 

I do come from a disadvantaged background, GPA 3.9. I was a medical assistant and spent a lot of my life in under served areas. 

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Didn't have my credit checked unfortunately, a little suspicious that it may have been my academic letter of rec that wasn't formatted correctly =/ Oh well.

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Just checked CreditKarma again, and it says I have had 1 new hard inquiry, but it does not give the details of this hard inquiry. :/  Anyone else have this problem? Will it eventually give the details of this hard inquiry?

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Just checked CreditKarma again, and it says I have had 1 new hard inquiry, but it does not give the details of this hard inquiry. :/  Anyone else have this problem? Will it eventually give the details of this hard inquiry?

 

Nevermind, just looked at my official credit report, and the new hard inquiry was due to me switching cell phone providers. :'( Blast!

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Didn't have my credit checked unfortunately, a little suspicious that it may have been my academic letter of rec that wasn't formatted correctly =/ Oh well.

 

I think that's one of the most frustrating aspects of this scholarship. There are sooooo many places you can be disqualified at. 

 

I also had my credit checked by Credco on June 8th.

 

Here are my stats for the poster that asked:

 

Cumulative GPA: 3.85

Disadvantaged: No

Experience: I worked in special education for a Title I school district (students that are transportation disadvantaged, medically disadvantaged, parents that are institutionalized, come from impoverished households, require lunch assistance, etc.) Also did a lot of work as a diversity coordinator, student life coordinator, and ESL coordinator for a college. 

 

My CV had research experience, a grant, presentations on graduate panels at meetings of the American Academy of Religion on topics like medical ethics and Native Americans, and experience facilitating diversity programming. 

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Has anyone ever asked or have an idea about how many of the awards go to PAs (ie the whole pool of money gets split between doctors, dentists, nurses and PAs and I just wonder what percentage go to PAs.) Seems like we would be a better bang for the buck but my impression is that not that many PAs get awards. 

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On 6/28/2017 at 5:07 PM, applicantforpa2 said:

Has anyone ever asked or have an idea about how many of the awards go to PAs (ie the whole pool of money gets split between doctors, dentists, nurses and PAs and I just wonder what percentage go to PAs.) Seems like we would be a better bang for the buck but my impression is that not that many PAs get awards. 

They're notoriously tight-lipped about this stuff, but from what I've seen about half of all awards go to MDs/DOs (60% MD, 40% DO as per a report published by AACOM). From there, about 10% of awards go to dentists (usually between like 18-25 applicants as per some statistics someone from SDN's dental forum found). That leaves 40% of scholarships to be split between PA, NP, and midwife students. I don't have any data for PAs, NPs, and midwives... however, these are the statistics of the breakdown for those respective disciplines in the loan repayment program: 13% PA, 16% NP, 2% midwife. I think we could extrapolate and imagine a similar distribution of the remaining 40% of scholarships. 

I know that is horribly speculative and horrible statistical analysis, but it's the best we've got haha! 

I think a large reason we don't see as many PAs is because the NHSC ranks applications according to performance in school, disadvantaged status, and likelihood that applicants will remain in areas that need service after the duration of their repayment has ended. The average PA (and NP and midwife) just doesn't have the same statistics to compete with the average MD and DO applicant. Dentists are in the same boat... their average accepted GPA is lower and therefore I'd imagine fewer receive a favorable ranking - and hence why only about 10% receive a scholarship. 

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13 hours ago, mnreyes said:

Still waiting to hear back :/ 

The first round of finalist e-mails went out on July 27th last year, but the first round of credit checks were also a week later.  Can't be too much longer until we hear of first round people getting their e-mails. Don't worry if you don't hear with the first group. Apparently there were 2-3 rounds of e-mails last year as people accepted and declined their offers. 

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I'm sorry Zach, I heard back in June about the credit check from credico. I meant I haven't heard anything else since then.  

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Any bets on tomorrow being the day they send out the first wave of finalist emails? 

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6 hours ago, OUohyeah said:

Any bets on tomorrow being the day they send out the first wave of finalist emails? 

That's what I'm thinking... the timing seemed to be pretty consistent across the years. And with credit checks being a week earlier this year than previous years, tomorrow seems to be the day. 

Good luck to everyone should tomorrow be the day! 

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Looks like PA-2016 is the winner so far... anyone else want to place their bets on when the first round will go out? :)

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5 hours ago, mnreyes said:

this wait is torture! lol anyone hear anything yet?

No! I haven't seen anything on SDN either. Can't believe they haven't sent anything today...

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So rumor has it (from student doctor network) that the emails are 'usually' sent out the Wednesday after the site maintenance, which was this past Friday. It looks like this has been the latest they've notified the first wave of people within the last 5 years.

I really hope this week is the week! 

good luck to everyone

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7 hours ago, OUohyeah said:

still nothing on any forum... it has to be today before 5:00pm... right?

I think an SDN poster mentioned that someone got an e-mail at 5:12 pm or something haha...

I wonder if there's some stuff happening on their end... There was just an article published about the state of things over at the State Department (something like a backlog of 250 work memos waiting to be signed - one of which account for $80 million in spending) and how slow things are moving due to the transition and turnover between administrations. Maybe there's a similar thing happening over at the Department of Health and Human Services?

Either that, or maybe the fact there's only around 147 scholarships available this year is causing problems? Maybe there won't be multiple rounds of finalist e-mails... Just one round and then a few random e-mails to fill the spots of those who decline?

Sounds like this will be the latest decisions have ever gone out. I've heard it said that in a few years, the program might not even exist. The ACA funded it until 2020 I believe?

If you're interested, there's actually a pretty famous book called "The Dance of Legislation" which details what it took to establish the National Health Service Bill: "The Dance of Legislation has long been considered a classic description of the legislative process. In it, Eric Redman draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson’s staff to trace the drafting and passing of a piece of legislation ― S.4106, the National Health Service Bill ― with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots, frustrations, triumphs, and sheer work and dedication involved. He provides a vivid picture of the bureaucratic infighting, political prerogatives, and Congressional courtesies necessary to make something happen on Capitol Hill. In a Postscript to the 2000 edition, Redman reflects on how that process has, and has not, changed in the thirty years since the book was first published."

 

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SDN forum is posting that people started receiving finalist emails at 8:30am. Congrats to those that got one!

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44 minutes ago, OUohyeah said:

SDN forum is posting that people started receiving finalist emails at 8:30am. Congrats to those that got one!

Nothing for me... Congrats to everyone who received one! 

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I got the finalist email around 11 o clock this morning. Now just waiting for Monday to get enrollment verification forms signed from school, so I can submit it and accept the award. Anybody knows why they say they are awarding it but there is no guarantee?

This is what it shows 

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Your application has been identified as a possible recipient for a 2017 NHSC Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) award. This is not a guarantee of an award. At this time, it is required you complete the following steps by  8/11/2017

 

 

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6 hours ago, Onward&upward said:

I got the finalist email around 11 o clock this morning. Now just waiting for Monday to get enrollment verification forms signed from school, so I can submit it and accept the award. Anybody knows why they say they are awarding it but there is no guarantee?

This is what it shows 

 

Congrats! Did you get the credit check along with @RainOnNeptune ?

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Can anyone clarify what this scholarship is? This is what I got from the website:
When accepted into PA school (hopefully by December of the application cycle), you apply when the NHSC app opens in the next year. If you get awarded, does the scholarship pay for your ENTIRE tuition/living expenses? In exchange, after you graduate you work in an approved, underserved location as a primary care PA. How often is it that you get to choose the CITY you get to work in after?

Thanks all & I wish you all good luck on this application! 

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