FLORIDA A & M UNIVERSITY
The objective of this application for Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) at Florida A&M University (FAMU) is to provide scholarships for pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, health professions students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The 2007-2008 full-time enrollments for the health profession schools are as follows: College of Pharmacy, 1,090 PharmD students and 115 pharmaceutical sciences graduate students; School of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy 192 students; School of Allied Health Sciences Division of Physical Therapy 474 students, and School of Nursing 655 BSN students and 12 graduate students. Over 70% of full-time students enrolled in the health professions programs come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This federal assistance will enable FAMU to continue to produce culturally competent health professionals who will be prepared to contribute to eliminating minority health disparities via excellence in pharmaceutical care, nursing, and the allied health arena including occupational therapy and physical therapy, research and teaching.
Scholarships will be provided to students for whom the cost of attendance would constitute a severe financial hardship, and to former scholarship recipients of the Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) Program and the Financial Assistance for Disadvantage Health Professional Students (FADHPS) in accordance with the terms and conditions for receiving HRSA Grant, Scholarships for Disadvantage Students. Scholarships will be awarded based on the student?s completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA processing agency electronically transmits Student Aid Report (SAR) data to the FAMU Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Students must apply for financial aid each academic year by completing the FAFSA. SAR identifies the student?s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The student?s financial need is the difference between total annual educational expenses and the student?s EFC. OSFA subtracts students? EFC from the average cost of attendance (COA) for their chosen program and grade level at FAMU (COA minus EFC = financial need). Fulltime students who qualify for the SDS will be sent award letters electronically to their FAMU E-mail account or mailed. After student?s tuition and fees, room and board, as appropriate, are paid, remaining aid, if any, will be disbursed to the student via a check in two payments. Eligibility for all financial assistance requires undergraduate professional and graduate students to earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and 3.0, respectively each semester.