Healthcare Training Scholarships

PHP awards a limited number of scholarships to qualified students to help them defray the costs of pursuing a high-demand healthcare training program or post-secondary healthcare education in one of our qualified healthcare training programs. PHP qualified programs include CNA, Med Aide, Medical Coding/Billing, LPN, RN, EMT, Paramedic, Medical Assisting, and GED programs.

Please review the information below to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. Please click on the application link

Please complete the application as soon as possible. A PHP staff member will contact you once your application is received. Please have the required documentation (listed in the Student Checklist area below) readily available to complete your application process.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must:

  • Demonstrate academic merit and financial need
  • Have an income less than 200% of the current Federal Poverty Level or be a TANF recipient
  • Complete and submit all required applications and documents
  • Be accepted into a healthcare training or high school GED program

Healthcare Scholarships

  • High School Completion (GED)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Medication Aide (Med Aide)
  • Medical Coding (CPC) or Medical Billing (CPB)
  • Medical Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic

Student Support Services

  • Child care
  • Tutoring
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Transportation
  • Career Readiness
  • Job Placement
  • Culturally Relevant Enrichment Program

Eligibility Requirements

  • Demonstrate academic progress and financial need.
  • TANF recipient or a low income individual who can document an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • All applicants must have applied or in the process of applying to a college or career and technical education program, short-term healthcare training program or GED program.
  • Applicant must demonstrate probable and continuing success as a student by maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.
  • A criminal background check may be required before you are fully admitted into the program. Please note that a conviction does not automatically disqualify you from the program.
  • Student is required to attend mentorship meetings, career success classes and complete all survey requirements. Arrangements will be made for out-of-town students.
  • Scholarship funds are available to assist students with expenses related to educational training. For specific eligibility requirements, please refer to GPTLHB website or a PHP staff member

Student Checklist

  • A completed application
  • Your most recent transcript showing cumulative Grade Point Average (high school or college unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Guidelines on how to obtain transcripts is available.
  • PHP requestsONE of the following:
    • TANF Recipients Explanation of Benefits
    • Tax return from the most recent year/or paystub
    • Pay stub dated within the last 30 days
    • Social Security Explanation of Benefits (SSI or SSD)
    • Current unemployment wage determination statement
    • Current Veteran’s benefit statement
    • Company letterhead verifying start date, pay rate, frequency of pay, and average hours working
    • Current Worker Compensation benefits statement.
  • Two forms of ID
  • To obtain final acceptance into the program, you will need to provide an official letter of admission/enrollment from an accredited institution of higher learning or acceptance letter into a short-term healthcare training program or a letter of acceptance into an approved GED program.
    • Official copy of class schedule with advisor signature if enrolling in a university or technical college program.
    • A needs analysis form from your financial aid office from the college you are accepted at. If you are enrolled in a short-term training program or GED program, your need analysis will be completed by GPTLHB PHP staff.

Please send scholarship materials and/or general inquiries by mail to:

GPTLHB Pathways to Healthcare Professions
attn: Brittany Gunhammer
2611 Elderberry Blvd
Rapid City, SD 57703

or email to:

or fax to: 605.721.2862

  1. Please also include at the bottom of the page (requirements from our granting agency: Electronic media must also contain all statements (shown below). This includes the full funding statement, disclaimer, evaluation statement, and grantee badge, as well as links to the official HPOG website and social media accounts. Where possible, the grantee badge should be hyperlinked to the HPOG website.)

“This document was supported by Grant 90FY0010 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.”

“HPOG is part of a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities.  Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.”

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Last modified: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 8:36 AM