ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES MUST MEET ALL CRITERIA LISTED IN GROUP A AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE CRITERIA LISTED IN GROUP B.
1. Citizenship / Immigration Status: Students appointed to this program must be citizens or non-citizens of the United States or must have been legally admitted for permanent residence (i.e. in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card I -551 or other legal verification of this status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in United States possessions (i.e. American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas and individuals with PhDs, MDs, DVMs, or equivalent doctorates in health sciences are not eligible.
2. Undergraduate Student Status: (1) have successfully completed at least one undergraduate year at an accredited school or university (including baccalaureate nursing schools); or (2) attend community or junior colleges provided you are enrolled in at least three courses per term and have taken at least six courses.
1. Individuals belonging to an underrepresented group (URM):
• African American / Black
• Asian: Filipino, Hmong or Vietnamese only
• Hispanic / Latinx
• Native American / Alaska Native
• Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
• Two or more races, when one or more belong to the preceding racial and ethnic categories in this list
2. People with Disabilitieswho are defined as those who have a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more major life activities.
3. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Were or are currently homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition: https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/);
- Were in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (definition:https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/focus-areas/foster-care);
- Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals Program for two or more years (Definition:https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/income-eligibility-guidelines);
- Have/have had no parent or legal guardian with a bachelor’s degree (see https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018009.pdf);
- Were eligible for Federal Pell Grants (Definition: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/eligibility.html);
- Received support from the Special Supplementary Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (definition:https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements).
- Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a rural area of the United States, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (https:// data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health), Where b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services designated for areas with low income and shortage of health professionals (eligible postal codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities of #7 can be used as a criterion for the definition of disadvantaged environment.