That’s a much better deal than I got…
Military sweetens the deal to entice medical students
A beefed-up scholarship program now offers a $20,000 signing bonus as well as full tuition and an increased monthly stipend.
By Myrle Croasdale, AMNews staff. July 7, 2008.
Katie Doyle could have borrowed $200,000 to get through medical school. Instead, when she enters Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this fall, she won’t borrow a dime.
Doyle accepted a military scholarship that will pay her tuition, books and other school fees. A monthly stipend will cover living expenses. The scholarship, called the Health Professions Scholarship Program, or HPSP, also comes with a new $20,000 signing bonus.
…, Congress authorized the three branches to bolster their recruitment packages, resulting in the $20,000 bonus, along with a $300 hike in the scholarship’s monthly stipend, which is now $1,900. The money comes from military appropriations earmarked for medical corps recruitment. In 2007, the Air Force recruited 211 medical school students; the Army, 242; and the Navy, which also recruits for the Marines, 181.
That’s got to be a BIG shortfall for the Navy. My Intern class in San Diego had over 100, and that was only one of two big NAVHOPS’s, with several smaller facilities. Thus, the enticements.
A reminder: the Navy HPSP Wki