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    The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to individuals pursuing a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  This program will help alleviate the health care workforce shortages in VA by obligating scholarship recipients to complete a minimum of 2 year service obligation at a VA health care facility after graduation and licensure/certification.

    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing scholarship opportunities for U.S. citizens seeking degrees in Physician Assistant Studies. 

    The Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP) awards scholarships to students pursuing a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in order to increase the supply of Physician Assistants for VA and the Nation.

    Awards of scholarships under the HPSP are subject to the availability of funds, and VA may award a full-time student a scholarship a maximum of 4 years. VA may also award a part-time student a scholarship a maximum of 6 years.

    VA will give priority consideration to applicants entering their final year of education or training and will consider Veterans first among all equally qualified candidates.

    After completion of their education, participants must serve as a full-time clinical VA employee for a minimum of two years in medical services of the participant's discipline in an assignment or location determined by VA while participating in the HPSP. This obligated service would begin on the date on which the participant obtains any required applicable credentials and when appointed as a full-time clinical VA employee in a position for which the degree prepared the participant.

    Other terms and conditions apply. For more information on this program, please see the HPSP Applicant Information Bulletin or visit VA Careers at http://www.vacareers.va.gov 

    Travel Required

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    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this scholarship
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Unconditionally accepted or currently enrolled in qualifying degree program
    • You must sign a service obligation agreement upon accepting the scholarship
    • You must sign a mobility agreement upon accepting the scholarship

    Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


    In order to qualify for this Scholarship Program, you must be a U.S. citizen, unconditionally accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. After completion of your education, you must serve as a full-time clinical VA employee for a minimum of two years. If you are under a service obligation to serve at another entity or obligated under any other Federal program, you will be ineligible for the HPSP Scholarship Award.


    For the purposes of the HPSP, VA recognizes a master's that meets the core curriculum and supervised practice requirements in Physician Assistant Studies.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    Mobility Requirement: Completing the service obligation may require relocation at the applicant's expense if there is not a suitable vacancy, or they are not selected for employment at a nearby VA facility. Applicants must sign a mobility agreement upon accepting the scholarship. Applicants uncertain of a commitment to their current health care speciality or relocation requirements based on the needs of the VA are advised not to participate in the program.

    Under the acceptance agreement, the individual is required to stay enrolled in school and maintain acceptable academic standing.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    VA will give priority consideration to applicants entering their final year of education or training, in order to achieve our goal of recruiting new healthcare practitioners on an expedited basis through the HPSP. If there are more applicants to the HPSP than there are available funds, VA will select the participants based on random method of selection, considering Veterans first among all equally qualified candidates. Selection criteria includes academic performance, work experience, faculty and employer recommendations, or career goals.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required:

    1. Resume
    2. Responses to the Questionnaire
    3. HPSP Application - VA Form 10-0491G
    4. Academic Verification - VA Form10-0491
    5. Evaluation Recommendation - VA Form10-0491E
    6. Veterans' Preference documentation (if applicable) such as DD-214 or equivalent (which include dates of service and character of discharge), SF-15 and VA Disability Letter, as appropriate.
    7. Unofficial college transcript(s)
    8. OF 306 Declaration of Federal Employment

    Please be sure you have submitted the required documents. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in your not receiving credit for your Veterans Preference, Education and or Experience. Veterans Preferences documents are only required for current or former military members. You may use this checklist to review some of the documents that are required with your application.

    A cover letter is optional.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this Scholarship Program, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 01, 2017.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted. 
    Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you cannot apply online: 

    1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 
    4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: 

    1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following ID#:  1919450.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

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    Scholarship Application Identification Number: 1919450

    Next steps

    After the Scholarship announcement closes, VA will notify in writing those individuals who applications are approved. An electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.
    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/464812100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.