Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the GSA?

LLU Alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years (from a degree program other than MD or DDS). Applicants should demonstrate financial need and be willing to commit to a period of six to twelve months of service abroad. Service may be approved for a maximum of three years with a brief annual reapplication.

Where do GSA recipients serve?

Recipients are placed in Seventh-day Adventist institutions or LLU international service sites. Placement is based upon site needs, a match of appropriate skills and expertise, and length of service. Applicants may suggest sites of interest; however, final site approval rests with Loma Linda University.

How does the application process work?

The competitive scholarship process includes an application, a panel interview, a review of three reference forms, and an evaluation of financial need. Applications are accepted in the fall quarter and assessed during the winter quarter. Up to three scholarships are awarded in the spring quarter.

What skills are needed most?

The specific skills, expertise, or types of health professionals needed vary depending on the needs of each international site. All applicants other than physicians and dentists will be considered for an award.

Who finances the GSA?

The award is made possible through the Charlie Liu endowment and through contributions from various LLU schools and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

What financial assistance is available?

The GSA provides recipients with up to $2,000 of debt servicing per month while serving abroad. The exact amount of debt repayment is based on the degree earned and an assessment of the applicant’s student loans. The debt repayment award amount is a taxable benefit to the GSA recipient. The balance of debt after the service period ends is the responsibility of the recipient.