Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program

Scholarship Application Cycle Closed
The 2018 application cycle for all scholarship programs is currently closed. During this time, HPEF plans to re-evaluate and reorganize its scholarship programs for future cycles. The new cycle will open January 2019. We would like to encourage all interested applicants to apply at that time. Thank you for your patience.

Who may apply?

To be eligible for the Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program, the applicant must:

  • be currently accepted or enrolled in the following California Board or Committee approved program:
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    • Certified Nurse Midwives
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Dentist
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Pharmacists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physician Assistants
    • Speech Therapists
  • be enrolled in 6 units or more
  • have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • graduate after June 30, 2017
  • be free from any other service obligation, except HPEF scholarship programs
  • be willing to work in a medically underserved area for twelve (12) months
  • complete and submit your application through CalREACH by application

Those awarded the Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship may receive *up to $25,000 for one year of school. If awarded, recipients agree to continue practicing full time, direct patient care at a qualified facility in California for a twelve (12) month service obligation. Qualified facilities include those designated by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Administration (HRSA) or California’s Shortage Designation Program, a liaison to the federal Shortage Designation Branch (SDB) of Health Resources and Services Administration as Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC), Health Professional Shortage Area- Dental (HPSA-D), and Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA). In addition to the Federal and CA state designations, any state, county, veteran, or correctional facility qualifies as well as Indian Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers. See chart of qualified designations associated to each profession.

*The Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program is funded by donations and grants. Some professions may not be eligible for an award based on available funding. We encourage all individuals to apply.


Location eligibility search

Choose a program in the dropdown list. Enter an address into the search bar below to determine whether the worksite falls in a qualifying shortage area. If the worksite in question does not show as qualifying in the search bar, but is a veterans, county or state facility and/or federally qualified health center or Indian health center, it may also qualify. If this is the case, please contact a member of our program staff to verify.


This page was last updated on Friday, April 6, 2018.

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The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is a state non-profit established in 1987.

HPEF has awarded more than 14,721 scholarships and loan repayments totaling more than $169.7 million to California health professionals serving in all 58 counties in areas of unmet need.

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