The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) manages multiple educational programs for students in specific health care professions. A few examples of those programs are the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP), Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professionals Scholarship Program (VIOMPSP) and the VA Learning Opportunities Residency Program (VALOR).
The purpose of HPSP is to award scholarships to students receiving education or training in a direct or indirect health-care services discipline and to assist in providing an adequate supply of such personnel for VA and the United States. HPSP helps VA meet its need for qualified healthcare professionals for which recruitment or retention is difficult.
The purpose of VIOMPSP is to award scholarships to students seeking a degree or certificate in visual impairment or orientation and mobility in order to increase the supply of qualified blind rehabilitation specialists for VA and the United States. VIOMPSP helps VA meet its need for qualified blind rehabilitation specialists for which recruitment or retention is difficult.
The purpose of VA-STEP is to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to develop clinical competencies at an approved VA medical facility and serves a recruitment tool to encounter students before they enter the VA workforce.
The purpose of SELRP is to aid physicians in reducing their medical school student loan debt. SELRP helps VA meet its need for qualified physicians for which recruitment or retention is difficult.