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West Virginia Health Sciences Service Program

Grants to West Virginia Students in Health Professions
to Work in Underserved Communities After Graduating

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV)

Deadline Date:

10/16/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to West Virginia health professional students who are interested in working in underserved communities following graduation from the State’s university system. Applications are invited from medical and dental students, as well as students working to become nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse educators, physical therapists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, physician assistants, and clinical social workers.

Obligation to Practice in West Virginia:

Participants must sign a contract to fulfill a service obligation after completing training. The service obligation is two years of full-time or four years of half-time practice. All practice sites must be located in West Virginia. Participants are responsible for locating a practice site. The penalty for not fulfilling the service obligation is repayment of the award with interest.

Primary care medical, dentistry, nurse midwifery, nurse practitioner, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy students typically are required to practice in an outpatient setting or at a residential care facility for older adults such as a nursing home. Primary care is defined as the healthcare services generally provided by family practice physicians, general practice physicians, general internists, geriatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, general pediatricians, psychiatrists and mid-level providers, including nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, doctoral clinical psychologists, and licensed independent clinical social workers.

Medical students who complete a West Virginia emergency medicine residency program must practice at a hospital-based emergency room in West Virginia.

Social work and clinical psychology participants may practice at primary care sites or additional eligible sites including community mental health centers, state mental hospitals, or veterans' health facilities.

Participants in nursing education must teach at a state approved nursing program.

Additional requirements exist for each discipline; please consult the Eligible Sites for Health Sciences Service Program Service Obligations document.

Eligibility for Other Financial Incentives:

Students who receive a Health Sciences Service award also may qualify for other financial incentives for practice in rural or underserved areas of West Virginia (see West Virginia Recruitment Programs in the resources section below). In some cases, the service obligations can be met concurrently. However, federal law prohibits concurrent service of a Health Sciences Service Program obligation with some federal programs' service obligations, such as the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161167

Number of Grants:

The program allocates approximately 15 awards each academic year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program provides $30,000 for medical and dental students; and $15,000 for students training to become nurse educators, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Students:
-Fourth-year medical students who are entering primary care or emergency medicine residency programs in West Virginia;
-Students in the final year of a primary care educational program for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants;
-Students in the final year of a master's or doctoral degree nursing program leading to a career in nursing education;
-Students in the final year of a doctoral program in dentistry, pharmacy or physical therapy;
-Students in the final year of a graduate social work program, leading to a career as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker; or,
-Students in the final year of a doctoral clinical psychology program who intend to enter a clinical internship in West Virginia.

More information regarding eligible sites may be found in the Supporting Documents section.

Pre-Application Information:

Your application, at least two recommendation forms, and the Certification of Educational Status must be postmarked by October 16, 2017.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Dakota Morris
P: (304) 558-0530
F: (304) 558-0532

Health Sciences Service Program
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia