Grant: $67,902 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Sep. 3, 2009
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Award Description: The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program contributes to the diversity of the health professions students and practitioners. HRSA provides funding to eligible health professions programs to be used for scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need for scholarships and are enrolled as full-time students at the eligible schools. HRSA determines a program’s funding eligibility and amount based on the number of graduates practicing in primary care, the percentage of under-represented minority full-time students enrolled, the number of graduates practicing in medically underserved communities. The USC PA Program announces to all PA students that the program has been granted funding through the HRSA SDS. Students are instructed to review the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines, which are used to determine what constitutes a low-income family and, if they feel they qualify under those guidelines, to submit their names for consideration to the USC Office of Financial Aid. The financial aid office reviews the federal tax filing, parent information form, and the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) need analysis statement of each applicant. The financial aid office's methods and standards for setting the amounts of the scholarships include dividing equally the amount awarded to the program among students who clearly fall under the guidelines that determine low-income families. The financial aid office adds the SDS scholarships to each student’s financial aid package, reducing any loan eligibility, if necessary, to assure that overawarding (a situation when the amount in a financial aid package exceeds the amount of the budget for the academic school year) does not occur. Financial aid packages disburse into the university’s student financial services accounts, which enable students to pay for tuitions and fees. Students receive refunds from accounts only if the amount of their loans and scholarships exceed the cost of tuition and fees. The program expects scholarship disbursements to apply to educational expenses and/or reasonable living expenses in addition to student tuition expenses. USC PA students have an academic school budget of approximately $65,000, which includes $38,570 in tuition. Thirteen (13) PA students submitted documents to the financial aid office. Twelve (12) were determined to be eligible for the scholarship. One (1) has qualified for a full-ride scholarship from the National Health Service Corps and, consequently, is not in need of the SDS. The ARRA SDS totaling $67,902 will be awarded to 3 students at $22,634 each, while the original HRSA SDS totaling $151,274 will be awarded to 8 students at $18,909.
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