Health Career Scholarships

Transforming lives to their fullest capacity for physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual well-being.

Health Careers Scholarship Department

Since 1976 IOKDS awards annual Health Career Scholarships for students studying at a US or Canadian accredited college/university.  We believe that contributing to the education of compassionate health care workers assists in fulfilling our IOKDS mission of caring for all God’s children of all age and circumstance through service In His Name.

Who is Eligible

  • Medical and dental students who have completed their first professional year (pre-med students not eligible)
  • Pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and medical technology students who have completed a minimum of two years of study with preference to those in masters or doctorate degree programs
  • Students studying to become registered nurses or nurse practitioners—Associate degree must have completed one year; bachelor or master’s degrees–must have completed two years of study
  • Students are eligible for a maximum of three years with good academic standing and annual re-application.


How Can I Apply?

  • From November 1 through March 1, email application requests to: for scholarships to begin the following fall semester.
  • Completed applications including recommendation letters and transcripts must be snail mailed to the Health Careers Director.  The application packet must be postmarked no later than April 1.
  • Receiving no other IOKDS scholarship and no other family member receiving a scholarship in the same year

From A Past Recipient

“In my first clinical internship, I worked at a skilled nursing facility.  It was a difficult experience for me because many of the patients did not speak English.  I learned that you can develop a connection without words and that a genuine, caring attitude transcends any verbal communication.  When you put the patient first, you can make a difference in a person’s life regardless of any obstacles in the way.  Thank you for choosing me for the scholarship!  I am so grateful for this award.”

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