National Institute of Health -Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NIH- UGSP)
The National Institute of Health (NIH) is reputed to be the largest biomedical research institute on a global scale. As a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services, NIH has the authority to grant scholarship support to outstanding students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Said scholarships are offered on a competitive basis to students who have manifested exceptional performances, in line with their commitment to pursue college education in biomedical, social and behavioral sciences.
In addition to providing up to $20,000 annual academic support to pay for tuition and other educational costs including reasonable living expenses, the student will also be provided with paid research summer laboratory training and employment at the NIH after graduation. In fact, the recipient of the scholarship will be required to serve an equivalent tenure of full-time employment for every year of college education funded by the NIH-UGSP.
Although the deadline for the 2010-2011 NIH-UGSP opportunities has closed, the following information can help prepare you for next school year’s offer. These scholarships are renewable annually and are granted on a highly-competitive basis to college students currently studying biomedical, social and behavioral sciences and other health related courses. It is a must that the student has a GPA of 3.0 or better and preferably belonging to the top 5% of the class he is currently enrolled in. Interested applicants who actively participate in extra-curricular science activities, in laboratory researches or have taken advance courses related to their fields are considered as strong contenders for the scholarship.
Basic eligibility requirements include US citizenship, nationality or qualification as non-US citizen. However, there are additional requirements that interested non-US citizen applicants should know and they are contained in a separate page entitled Detailed Information on the Eligibility of Non-Citizens.
Another important eligibility criterion is that the applicant should hail from a greatly disadvantaged family, which the Federal government classifies as having Exceptional Financial Need (EFN). This will be certified by the financial aid office of the school enrolled in. For more information pertaining to this requisite and other opportunities available for those who do not meet the EFN status, kindly visit the FAQ Section—NIH-UGSP.
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