INCATS Nursing Degree Scholars Program


  • Enrolled members of Federally Recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes.
  • Nominated by a community partner (tribal clinic, tribal college or tribal organization)
  • Accepted and enrolled at the University of Arizona in a **priority nursing program (BSN, MEPN, or DNP as Family [FNP] or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] ). **Please note: priority programs designated by the Indian Health Services (IHS).
  • Agreeable upon program completion to an IHS payback obligation
    • 2 years for every 1 year of IHS funding support in a position as RN or DNP in a direct patient care role at a tribal or IHS setting
  • Applicants with Arizona based tribal affiliations and veterans will receive priority consideration


  • Financial support (Tuition, stipends, fees)
  • Tailored, culturally relevant mentoring provided by peers and faculty
  • Professional skills development
  • Preparation for RN licensure or APRN certifcation and job placement

Payback Obligations

Each INCAT scholar is expected to return to a tribal community or tribal healthcare setting to honor investments of tribal collaborations and partnerships. Obligation (2 years for every 1 year of I.H.S funding support).

  • If you are interested in pursuing a priority nursing degree (BSN, MEPN, DNP - FNP, PMHNP) schedule an appointment with the appropriate UA College of Nursing admissions counselor:
  • Together you will review transcripts and documents from all previous education, obtain admission advice and determine/recommend appropriate nursing program(s) for application

Available all year: Admissions counseling is available year-round for scholars interested in applying for a UA nursing degree program and those interested in later applying for the INCATS program upon admission to a UA nursing degree program.

** Please note, all awards are dependent upon availability of scholarship funds. We anticipate funding between 6-10 scholars per academic year.

Upon admission to a University of Arizona College of Nursing priority degree program, INCATS scholar applicants will:

  1. Submit degree program Proof of Admission documentation along with a personal INCATS program Letter of Interest via email to
  2. Obtain a Community Partner Nomination from the designated administrator at an INCATS community partner clinical agency OR tribal community college partner.
  3. After INCATS partner nomination, you will be asked to submit a Personal Statement via a designated weblink (URL link shared later) that includes:
    • your name and tribal community partner
    • reasons for wanting to pursue a degree in nursing
    • commitment to returning to work in a tribal community
    • understanding and willingness to complete the **IHS payback obligation if funded

** IHS Payback Obligation and Scholar Reporting:
As an INCATS Scholar, you must:

  • sign an IHS contract each funding cycle awarded (each academic year)
  • maintain a GPA of 3.00 throughout entire funding period
  • complete IHS reporting documents each semester and submit to the INCATS administrative team and the IHS web portal

For MORE information or questions about applying contact:

Office of Student & Academic Affairs
Phone: 520-626-3808