University of Southern California


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.

Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that’s right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility.

Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.

Federal Scholarship and Loan Repayment Opportunities for Health Professionals–HRSA Presentation

CAFP-F Summer Preceptorship

Since 1993, the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) has been funding first-year medical students to explore careers in family medicine through CAFP’s summer Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. Participating students spend four weeks precepting full-time with a family medicine physician. Forty $1,200 scholarships are awarded to students on a competitive basis.

Rural and Urban Sites

Students are placed in a wide range of California locations and practices – from inner city to rural locations, from HMOs to small group or private practices. Because many rural and inner-city communities continue to experience physician shortages and a lack of diversity, the CAFP-F strives to build student interest in serving these communities through this program.

Preceptors at rural sites are matched by staff. All other participants are matched with an urban or suburban family medicine physician by the Predoctoral Coordinator in their school’s family medicine department, in consultation with CAFP.

For students who are not accepted to the rural track, assistance in finding preceptors outside of their school’s local area is not available.

Rural Community Preceptorship

The community preceptorship allows students to rotate between multiple sites within the same rural community. This increases their exposure to the community as a whole, and gives them the opportunity to learn from physicians with different backgrounds and interests. Students selected to precept at rural sites will live in the communities they serve. CAFP will work with students to obtain housing in rural sites, but students will share the responsibility of securing their housing. Additional scholarship money may be available to fund travel and housing for rural preceptorships.

The Experience

Students generally have an observation-only preceptorship and are given the opportunity to see patient interviewing/history taking, physical exams, and procedures; however, practice experiences vary. In addition, students learn about patient-physician interactions and gain a basic knowledge of the scope and nature of family medicine.

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Contact Monique Abeyta, Scholarship and Grant Coordinate/Financial Aid Liaison at or call (323) 442-2420


Award Amount:  up to $28,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year

Only applicants who in the fall of 2016 will be entering their fourth year (full-time) in a U.S. medical school will be considered. Applicants must have declared family medicine as their specialty.

Application Process:

  • Complete and submit application online at .
  • Application due March 1, 2021.
  • Contact: 888-995-5700