Nhsc Scholarship Essay Help

An article in April 4th’s edition of the Independent caught National Health Service Corps(NHSC) judges’ attention on the East Coast. Local Family Nurse Practitioner, Susan Mix, had expressed high praises for the service and mission of her employer, White City’s Community Health Center, (CHC). “The Corps asked me to write an essay,” Mix said. “I did, and it’s titled ‘Living the Legend: Why I love working with the NHRC.’” 

Under a branch of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, The Corps makes it possible for selected individuals to get student loans paid back while also earning an income. The “Most Spirit” prize arrived in the form of additional financial reimbursement toward such loan obligations.

A veteran of over four years with CHC, Mix makes good use of the Spanish she learned in school. She helps an average of 22 patients daily. Her appreciation for opportunities to alleviate pain and illness, especially among persons who wouldn’t otherwise receive medical care, shines through. “A few months ago I applied for and became an Ambassador of the NHSC,” she said. “Ambassadors promote the Corps’ cause–to provide medical care to the underserved.” 

White City CHC is one of two area sites served by NHSC because of location, the economy and number of uninsured residents. The second, according to CHC’s Marketing Director, Karen Elliott, is La Clinica.

Mix emphasized that CHC tries to help anyone. “We do accept all valid insurance plans; we take payments. On a sliding scale, we serve those who can’t get medical care elsewhere.” 

In her winning essay, Mix wrote, “…I was inspired to see the glass, not empty and broken, as some would suggest, but potentially overflowing.”  She elaborated on the financial struggles her family had endured under economic downturns, shrinking income, and increasing debt. “I will always remember the day my husband called me at work to tell me the letter had arrived. I held my breath as he opened it. I remember screaming into the phone, and crying the day I found out I qualified for the loan repayment.”

Mix now also recalls the same joyful tears she sees on the faces of patients. They’re often the ones who learn they qualify for medical attention, even though other plans and programs had denied them. “Our work can make a difference,” she continues.

“One by one we can serve people who…have given up hope. …We can say with confidence, ‘Yes, there is help.’”
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

U.S. Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) is providing a scholarship opportunity termed as “National Health Service Corps Scholarship” for full-time student at an accredited school. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or U.S. national. National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship helps bring health care to those who need it most. Selected candidates will receive a chance to win tuition fees and other benefits.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department. The foundation aim’s to “Improve health, safety, and well-being of America.”


Go through the eligibility criteria before applying:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Full-time student at an accredited school.
  • Pursuing a degree in an NHSC-eligible discipline.
  • You can apply to the scholarship program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines.
  1. Physicians (MD or DO).
  2. Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus).
  3. Certified Nurse-Midwives.
  4. Physician Assistants.

How to Apply:

Candidates are requested to login themselves as an applicant before applying. The link is: https://programportal.hrsa.gov/extranet/application/nhscsp/login.seam

Supporting Documents:

In order for your application to be processed, we must submit:

  • Applicants must submit online two letters of recommendation – one academic and one non-academic.
  • Applicants must respond to three essay questions and each response should be 2,500 characters or less. The three questions are:
  1. How will you contribute to the mission of the NHSC in providing care to underserved communities?
  2. What experiences have you had or activities have you participated in that have prepared you to work with underserved populations?
  3. Please discuss your commitment to pursue a career in primary health care
  • Unofficial or Official transcript.

Award Amount:

  • The NHSC SP will pay tuition and eligible fees directly to the educational institution.
  • Instruments or clinical supplies.
  • Computer rental or purchase (only if required of all students).
  • Travel expenses for one clinical rotation during school.
  • Insurance (disability or health if not required by the school).

Application Deadline:

Interested applicants can apply no later than April 28, 2016.

Link for more information:

Contact Information:

For questions, contact them at: 1-800-221-9393

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