Healthcare Workers for Our Future

Eligible students can receive a cost of attendance scholarship to pursue an approved medical degree.

  • Approved programs include Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology.

  • Scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and other non-tuition expenses, including books, supplies, and transportation.

  • Award is available for up to four semesters of full-time attendance and prorated for part-time students based on the number of credits.

  • Agree to live in NYS and work in an approved field in a shortage area for two years after graduation.

Deadline

for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Be sure to complete the eligibility check before applying.

Eligibility

Award

Recipients will receive a scholarship for up to two years of full-time study at any SUNY, CUNY, or New York State accredited college in an approved associate or bachelor's degree program.

  • Tuition: The cost of tuition, not to exceed the cost of in-state tuition at a SUNY college or the actual cost of tuition, whichever is less. 
  • Non-tuition Costs: Room and board and allowances for books, supplies, and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY colleges. 
  • Living Costs: Students living on campus will receive room and board up to the average cost at SUNY colleges. Commuter students will receive a commuter allowance. 
Duration

Dependent on the length of program

3 years for students studying full-time from the date of enrollment.

5 years for students studying part-time from the date of enrollment.

Any award payment received may have tax implications. Please direct any questions to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

You are eligible to participate in the drawing if you meet the following requirements:

You currently live in New York State at the time of entering the contest and:

  • Matriculate in a degree-granting program in an Approved Field of Study and enroll full-time or part-time in an associate degree program at an approved New York State college or university by fall 2026.
  • Agree to live in New York State and to work in an approved field in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in New York State for two years within twelve (12) months of graduation.
  • Provide all required documentation to your school to determine eligibility for payment of the “Healthcare Workers for Our Future” Scholarship.

-OR-

You currently live in New York State at the time of entering the contest and:

  • Have earned an associate degree in an Approved Field of Study by the end of the spring 2024 semester OR have at least sixty (60) credits in an Approved Field of Study by the end of the spring 2024 semester.
  • Matriculate in a degree-granting program in an Approved Field of Study and enroll full-time or part-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an approved New York State college or university by fall 2026.
  • Agree to live in New York State and to work in an approved field in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in NYS for two years within twelve (12) months of graduation.
  • Provide all required documentation to your school to determine eligibility for payment of the “Healthcare Workers for Our Future” Scholarship.

Prize winners must agree to live in New York State and to work full-time ((at least 35 hours per week) in an approved field in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in New York State for two years within twelve (12) months of graduation.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, students with disabilities can take longer to complete their associate degree or bachelor’s degree and retain their Healthcare Workers for Our Future Scholarship eligibility if their disability requires them to attend less than full-time (30 credits per year, or its equivalent) or if they need to pause their studies due to their disability. 

Students with qualified disabilities who attend less than full-time must register with their college office for students with disabilities. 

Please note that neither students with disabilities nor students without disabilities can receive or retain a Healthcare Workers for Our Future Scholarship if they take longer to complete due to a change of majors or transfer to another college unless such change is a direct result of functional limitations resulting from the impairment that impacts the student’s ability to continue at the college or in the major. Specifically:

For individuals who have lost college credits due to a change in major or transfer of college, consideration for an award will only be given to students who provide medical documentation that clearly specifies that they (1) both (i) transferred to another college due to their disability or medical condition (e.g., the student must be cared for at home and, therefore, transferred to a college near their home) and (ii) changed majors, if applicable, because their previous major was not offered at their transfer college; or (2) were first diagnosed with their disability or medical condition after entering college/selecting their major, and their capacity to continue at that college or in pursuit of that major is or was limited by their disability or medical condition, resulting in the loss of credits.

Learn more about your rights under the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.

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