Resources for Students
Find Out About Education And Certification
The path to your job in health care may pass through a lecture hall or laboratory. Find out more about the education requirements for health professions and the resources that are available to students in health professions at the link below.
Many organizations offer scholarships for students interested in attending post-secondary schools. Scholarships are available from various entities — from the local civics organizations and your community hospitals to state and national organizations. When applying for scholarships, remember to tell the selection committees why you deserve to receive their financial support to pursue your education. These sites will assist you with scholarship searches and application processes.
Missouri Department of Higher Education Scholarships
Health Profession Scholarships
The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools. The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.
Rural Assistance Center
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has a number of Missouri funding and opportunities. RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program offers registered nurses substantial assistance to repay educational loans in exchange for service in eligible facilities located in areas experiencing a shortage of nurses. The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program will pay 60 percent of the participant’s total qualifying loan balance in two years and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year. In order to quality, NURSE Corps members must fulfill a service obligation at any one of thousands of nonprofit hospitals, clinics and other facilities located in designated primary medical care or mental health Health Professional Shortage Areas across the U.S.
National Health Services Corps
The National Health Service Corps offers primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians to get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, under-served area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so loans can be paid down quickly. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.
The Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri (PRIMO)
The Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri (PRIMO) is a multi-faceted approach to the health care delivery services for all Missourians. The four components of PRIMO are student loans, recruitment/placement, health professional loan repayment, and health care delivery systems. The PRIMO Student Loan Program is a competitive State program that awards forgivable loans to students pursuing health care training leading to Missouri licensure.