The Indian Health Career Awards (ICHA) Program started in 1975 in order to help American Indian students meet small, but significant school needs, as well as, a way to recognize achievement and further motivate student interest in health careers.
The IHCA committee grants awards for Spring and Fall Semesters for full and part-time students. Decisions will be made by factors as proven interest, merit, achievements, recommendations, need and other criteria deemed important by the committee. Applications may be submitted more than once during subsequent academic years.
The IHCA committee is responsible for evaluating the award application, recommendations and accurate records of all income and disbursements. Recipients are urged to send progress reports to the IHCA committee.
Eligibility for Award
- Applicant with a firm commitment to complete studies for a health-related career with Indian Health Service, or Tribal Health Clinics must be enrolled and accepted in an institution of higher learning, as well as, accepted into the health program of their career completing one full semester.
- Applicant must be American Indian or Alaskan Native with documentation of Tribal enrollment.
- First priority is given to Southwestern Tribal members.
- Applicant is required to complete an IHCA Award application.
- Applicant must maintain a minimum of 2.25 G.P.A.
Completed applications must be sent to the address above by July 15th for the Fall Semester, and November 15th for the Spring Semester. The deadline date will be the next business day when the 15th falls on a weekend.
For additional information please email: PHX_PIMCVolunteering@ihs.gov