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IHS Scholarship

The IHS Scholarship Program pays for tuition and required fees (calculated by the educational institution) directly applicable to a students approved curriculum and scholarship requirements. Required fees include lab, health unit, and parking permit fees. Additionally, IHS supports all scholarship recipients with a monthly stipend covering reasonable living expenses. Health Professions scholarship recipients will receive the stipend for a 12-month period, while Preparatory and Pre-Graduate scholarship recipients will receive the stipend for 10 months. 

IHS will also pay for required books, laboratory expenses, dental/medical/optometric/etc. equipment and other miscellaneous educational expenses. Scholarship recipients receive a one-time payment for tutorial services or licensure/board certification preparatory classes, travel expenses to assist with travel to and from school for the year, and the rental of a Post office box.

A 2021 - 2022 list of IHS fundable degree tracks can be found here. Please be aware that the scholarships have been limited to juniors and seniors in undergraduate school with the exception of sophomores going into a Pre-Nursing degree track and above. 

To qualify for a Health Professions scholarship, applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements by the start of the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded:

» Have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

» Capable of completing a health profession degree program.

»Committed to serving Indian people as a health professional in your chosen specialty.

» Be willing to sign an Indian Health Service Scholarship Program Contract (IHS-818) agreeing to a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training.

The IHS Scholarship Application Handbook can be found here.  Interested students should read the handbook to familiarize themselves with the application process for the future. The 2021 – 2022 scholarship application is currently open and must be submitted as well as any required supporting documents, submitted electronically to the application, no later than February 28, 2021 by 7 pm EDT.   Once a student is ready to apply, they should visit and select the big green "Apply Now" button. This will take the applicant to the online application portal.

Student Education Fund

Financial support for educational support and extracurricular activities is available for students that qualify. A few example expenditures are listed below:

Johnson O’Malley Grant

  • Tutoring: elementary, middle and high school
  • School supplies
  • School uniforms
  • Physical education tennis shoes and clothing
  • Specialized classroom materials: scientific/graphing calculators, music books and band uniforms
  • Cap and gown rentals
  • ACT tests
  • Cultural activities such as Native American youth powwows, Native American clubs, Native American youth night meetings, Saturday cultural classes and field trips.
  • And more

Title VI

  • Tutoring
  • Student Advisement/Mentoring
  • College advisement and assistance
  • Cultural activities

For more information contact the Indian Education office at (405) 495-5200, ext.1650.

Student Advisement/Mentoring

Student advisement and mentoring are available to elementary and secondary Native American students who exhibit academic deficiencies, attendance problems and learning barriers. Higher education advisement for juniors and seniors is also available. Parents are welcome to call the Indian Education office for questions related to student issues.


Tutoring is based on academic need. Preference is given to those students who are currently failing or below average. Each student is assigned a tutor for two sessions each week depending on student need. Tutoring services are available for students in grades K-12. A tutoring request and parental permission agreement must be on file with the Indian Education office before tutoring can begin. Contact Robie Coleman at the Native American Student Services office, (405) 495-5200, ext. 1650, for more information.

College Aid

If you are a junior or senior in high school and are considering college, remember to check with your tribal headquarters for the possibility of college aid. Many tribes have programs in place to provide financial aid to Native American students heading to college. If you need help securing information regarding tribal scholarships, contact our office at 495-5200. The Indian Education Office can also provide assistance with your search for additional scholarships and universities that best suit students' needs.

Parent Committees

The Indian Education Parent Committee (IEC) is comprised of parents and guardians of current students K-12 who are enrolled in the district’s Indian Education Program. The parent committee serves as an advisory group to Putnam City’s Indian Education Program and helps to determine objectives, goals, activities, etc. The IEC is also a part of the Johnson O’Malley and Title VI grant procedures by giving input, reviewing and approving important parts each grant.

We would like to thank those parents who currently serve on the IEC committee. If you have questions or would like to be a part of the Putnam City Native American Student Services Parent Committee, please call our office at 495-5200, ext. 1650.

Public Hearing

The Putnam City School Districts Department of Indian Education each school year holds a "Public Hearing" for the Title VI Federal Grant application process. This public hearing is to inform the Parent Committee members and the general public about the goals and purpose of the Title VI grant. Any discussion, feedback and approval will be used to complete the application process.