Healthcare Scholarship Fund
What is the Healthcare Scholarship Fund?
The Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) Health Care Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the health plan’s partnership with local academic institutions to help remove the barrier of debt for medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population.
Why is the HSF needed?
According to the California Health Care Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California. In addition, the Inland Empire lacks adequate Specialty and Behavioral Health practitioner capacity to serve the current growing population.
With the average cost of a four-year medical degree standing firm at $276,800, pursuing a career in the medical field is out of reach for more and more each year. The HSF will aid students by helping to remove the financial burden of medical school that often restricts the choices of many aspiring healthcare professionals and allow recipients to immediately pursue careers in healthcare.
I am a student and am interested in becoming a Doctor, what should I do?
Students interested in the IEHP HSF are encouraged to contact the academic institutions below for more information on how apply. While each institution may have differing eligibility requirements, all HSF scholarships require students commit to practicing in the Inland Empire for 5 years after graduation.
Participating schools and programs include:
- Loma Linda University Medical School
- University of California Riverside
- California University of Science and Medicine