Vocational Nurse Scholarship Program
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 Vocational Nurse Scholarship, the applicant must:
- be currently accepted or enrolled in a California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians program:
- Vocational Nursing
- be enrolled in full time hours
- have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
- graduate after June 30, 2018
- 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 the application deadline
Those awarded the Vocational Nurse Scholarship may receive up to $4,000 for one year of school. If awarded, recipients agree to practice 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), or a 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 Vocational Nursing.
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.
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This page was last updated on Friday, April 6, 2018.
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.