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Couldn't agree more with your statement, be happy for people, not jealous. Maturity is supporting one another. Ken313627 way to keep it positive and best of luck to you and the rest!

Good Morning fellow veterans, Here is some information I received regarding the VA scholarship for 2020.  The application will open again around March 2020. The list of specific programs of

Sorry to hear that 😞 but you don’t have to diminish me in the process of your rejection. Your post comes off extremely rude like I am not qualified. If you are able to resubmit, change your dpi size t

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Looking into this as I have been accepted to PA school for the class of 2023! Do you get to pick what specialty you want to work in after graduation or are you forced into primary care? I am interested in surgery. Does the VA offer surgical PA positions to new grads?

 

Anywhere I can read about any of this? Thanks in advance!

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Hey everyone! I'm planning on applying for this scholarship the upcoming cycle, and I was wondering if anyone knew if this requirement: 

  • Have not previously applied for or received waivers of financial obligation for any federally sponsored scholarship program.

Means that I can't apply for other similar scholarships? I was planning on applying for the NHSC scholarship as well, but this seems to say I can't? Has anyone ever applied for both? Thanks so much in advance! 

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Hey everyone! I'm planning on applying for this scholarship the upcoming cycle, and I was wondering if anyone knew if this requirement: 

  • Have not previously applied for or received waivers of financial obligation for any federally sponsored scholarship program.

Means that I can't apply for other similar scholarships? I was planning on applying for the NHSC scholarship as well, but this seems to say I can't? Has anyone ever applied for both? Thanks so much in advance! 

I think it means you have not accepted any other federal scholarship programs. I believe you can apply for as many as you would like but may only accept one opportunity.

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3 minutes ago, Quiqui said:

I think it means you have not accepted any other federal scholarship programs. I believe you can apply for as many as you would like but may only accept one opportunity.

Thanks! That's what I figured but it was worded kind of strangely. Appreciate the quick reply!

 

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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to update that I was awarded a scholarship today. I started working on it back on 10/26/20 and submitted fully on 11/30.

I wanted to check something after I got notified and happened upon this update at https://va-ams-info.intelliworxit.com/hpsp/ that I figured I would share: 

Apparently they're specifically only selecting veterans for PA for this FY. I didn't read anything at all about that back when I first looked into it so it might have been newly passed? FYI, I'm an active member of the Army Reserve.

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10 hours ago, CharlesBSun said:

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to update that I was awarded a scholarship today. I started working on it back on 10/26/20 and submitted fully on 11/30.

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I think this was asked a few pages back, and I never saw a response - but I’m confused as to how you applied for HSPS or through what site/agency because the listing on USAJobs was only open from March - June and once the application cycle closed, the listing was completely removed from the site. Not saying it’s not possible or untrue but they typically have a very specific application period as well as a very specific fiscal window and I’ve never seen anyone apply during those dates or be awarded the scholarship after alternate selections typically in Aug/Sept. and into the new fed fiscal year. More info is greatly appreciated. 

EDIT: I just follow the link you posted and it appears they’ve taken the application process in house instead of on the USAJobs website. Interesting that they have only restricted the Physician Assistant app to veterans but not others.

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On 1/15/2021 at 7:20 AM, baussie said:

I think this was asked a few pages back, and I never saw a response - but I’m confused as to how you applied for HSPS or through what site/agency because the listing on USAJobs was only open from March - June and once the application cycle closed, the listing was completely removed from the site. Not saying it’s not possible or untrue but they typically have a very specific application period as well as a very specific fiscal window and I’ve never seen anyone apply during those dates or be awarded the scholarship after alternate selections typically in Aug/Sept. and into the new fed fiscal year. More info is greatly appreciated. 

EDIT: I just follow the link you posted and it appears they’ve taken the application process in house instead of on the USAJobs website. Interesting that they have only restricted the Physician Assistant app to veterans but not others.

That's my understanding of it. I had to do a fairly deep amount of digging myself to find that site after I came to the same conclusion about the closure of the listing on USAJobs. And I believe the window is now open throughout the FY. As for the veteran's requirement, I agree that it's peculiar its only for PA and I haven't been able to find the legislation specified or the reason for the change. Anyway, I hope that helps! 

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On 2/2/2021 at 8:24 AM, nicholet9 said:

Now it is? Was the confirmed by them directly? I don't see a open listing for this year so I am sure you are right. 

Yes, VA confirmed PA students with non-Veteran status are no longer eligible for HPSP. I'm a VA employee and messaged them to find out why. Here's what they said:

 

"VA HPSP offers scholarships to individuals pursuing their education is a field identified as a “Critical Occupation”.  Annually, the VA’s Office of Inspector General (VAIOG) produces and annual report identifying the VA’s critical shortages by occupation.  In the past PAs have been one of the TOP 10 critical occupations in the VA... PAs and PTs are no longer considered a “Critical Occupation” and therefore HPSP is no longer offering scholarships in those areas.  PT fell off the list in 2019, and now PA’s have fallen off the list (in FY 2020).  If PAs or PTs return as critical occupations we will offer scholarships to them.

As far as PA’s now requiring veteran status?  That was part of a recent bill that was signed into law stating that we had to offer (X number) scholarships to PAs who had veteran status.  Without that legislative change no PAs would receive a scholarship."

 

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