EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING SOURCES FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS
Below please find information on a number of external funding sources, listed by type of eligibility criteria. This information is as accurate as possible as of the date published. It will be updated periodically based on notifications received from funding providers.
Eligibility Based OnEthnicity
National Medical Fellowships, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1946 dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians in the United States by providing financial support and other incentives to underrepresented minority medical students, and to articulating the vital role that minority physicians play in the well- being and productivity of our nation.
The Need-Based Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to United States citizens from groups currently underrepresented in the medical profession; specifically, African-Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and mainland Puerto Ricans who permanently reside within the United States.
Eligible candidates must be first or second year medical students. A rigorous application process ensures that assistance is provided to students with the greatest documented need. Scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need as determined by the student's total resources, cost of education, and receipt of other scholarships and grants.
The number of scholarships varies based on annual funding. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Deadline: August 31
National Medical Fellowships
5 Hanover Square, Suite 20
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 483-8880 x 304
Native American Associationof American Indian Affairs Scholarship Available to American Natives and Alaskan Natives who are pursuing graduate degrees in many diverse fields. See their website for detailed application procedures. Scholarships are traditionally $1,500.
Deadline: early summer. Check website for details.
Lisa A. Wyzlic
Director, Scholarship Coordinator
Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarship
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 314-7155
Fax: (240) 314-7159
Native American Hubert O. Simmons Scholarship, PeoplesBank Trustee This scholarship provides up to $10,000 annually to an American Indian from the Pawnee, Navajo or Sioux Tribes who is studying to become a medical doctor and who will return to practice on a reservation.
Deadline: May 1
Vice President/Trust Advisor Peoples Bank
P.O. Box 738
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: (740) 374-6172
Fax: (740) 376-7112
Chinese Chinese AmericanMedical Society
ScholarshipProgram Since 1973, the society has awarded 3-5 scholarships a year to medical and/or dental students and scientists. Applicants must be first, second, or third year medical or dental students. Two slots will be for students who show merit and also financial hardship.
Supporting documents needed to complete application:
Letter from the Dean of Students verifying good standing.
Two letters of recommendation.
Applicant's personal statement (including career goals).
Applicant's current vitae. Be sure to include education, research activities if any, employment and extracurricular activities. Credit will be given to those with research projects relating to health care of the Chinese.
Deadline: April 30
Jerry Huo, MD
Chairman, CAMS Scholarship Committee
Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program 41 Elizabeth Street, Suite 403
New York, NY 10013 Phone: (212) 334-4760
Chinese ChineseAmericanPhysician'sSociety (CAPS)
Chinese American Physician's Society (CAPS) is offering scholarships of $1000 to $2000 annually to students in United States medical schools. The CAPS Scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race or color. The applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial needs, community service records and essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after their graduation.
Deadline: Late March
Lawrence M. Ng, M.D. Chair, Award Committee
Chinese American Physician's Society (CAPS)
101 Callan Avenue, Suite 401 San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 895-5539
Fax: (510) 357-4363
Hispanic Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The HSF offers scholarship opportunities to graduate/professional students of Hispanic descent who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Recipients must be enrolled full time. Online application available January 1 to March 30 annually.
AssistanceScholarship The Financial Assistance Scholarship consists of $500 to $1,000, and eligibility includes all college students of Iranian descent of any citizenry.
Deadline: June 30
The Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarship PO Box 322
Clearwater, FL 33757
Phone: (503) 349-4939
Italian TheNational Italian AmericanFoundation
ScholarshipProgram(NIAF) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will award scholarships and grants to outstanding students for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and include Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievement. Area of study open and the minimum GPA requirement is 3.5.
Scholarships range from $2,000 to $12,000. Each scholarship can only cover tuition and university-provided room and board. Scholarship applicants and winners are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.
Deadline: March 2
The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship 1860 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 387-0600
Japanese JapaneseAmericanMedical Association Scholarship The Japanese American Medical Association (JAMA), a professional organization of physicians based in Los Angeles, is pleased to offer a scholarship for medical students in their first, second, or third year. The recipient of the scholarship will be awarded up to $2,500.
The criteria for the scholarship will be based on academic achievement, financial need, and the applicant's interest in serving the Japanese American community.
If you would like to request an application, please contact Gordon Sasaki, MD, at email@example.com.
Deadline: January 18
Gordon Sasaki, M.D.
Chairman, JAMA Scholarship Selection
Japanese American Medical Association Scholarship firstname.lastname@example.org Japanese JapaneseMedicalSocietyofAmerica, Inc. By submitting a single application, students can apply for scholarships from various donor sources. Award amounts vary and in the past have ranged from $2,500 to $20,000. In choosing scholarship recipients, the JMSA looks for candidates who:
Demonstrate academic excellence
Show a strong interest in the JMSA and achieving its goals
Propose a clear, achievable project that will benefit the JMSA and the Japanese community
Deadline: December 31
Japanese Medical Society of America, Inc. 100 Park Ave., Suite 1600
New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 351-5038
Turkish American Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest The Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest (TADAM), a professional organization of physicians, is pleased to offer a scholarship for medical or dental students of Turkish American heritage or ancestry. Applicants must be in their first, second, third or fourth year of medical or dental school.
Deadline: Not specified
For an application, contact
Aytekin Oto, MD Professor of Radiology
Chairman of TADAM’s Scholarship Committee
Chief of Abdominal Imaging and Body MRI University of Chicago -
Department of Radiology 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 2026 Chicago, IL, 60637
Office: (773) 702-8553 Fax: (773) 702-1161
Eligibility Based OnLocation Alabama Madison County MedicalSociety, Inc Total scholarship award(s) of $10,000 available annually to second, third and fourth year medical students, whose legal residence at time of matriculation is Madison County, Alabama. Awards are based strictly on academic performance. The committee will not consider applications that do not contain the student's class rank (numeric, actual percentile or percentile rank). The most recent transcript is also mandatory. Students must reapply annually.
The Alliance to the Madison County Medical Society also awards financial scholarships. They may be reached at the address below to the Attention of Lynda Hon or Karen Smelser.
Deadline: July 1
Madison County Medical Society, Inc 220 Rhett Ave, Suite B
Huntsville, AL 35801-4520
Phone: (256) 881-7321
Fax: (256) 881-7424
Alaska AMA/Arthur N.Wilson, M.D.Memorial Scholarship Medical students who graduated from a high school in Southeast Alaska may apply for the $5000 annually awarded Arthur Wilson, M.D. Memorial Scholarship. The applicant must be of high moral character and have consistently earned academic honors. Student can apply in any year of enrollment.
Deadline: June 15
Dina Lindenberg Program Officer
AMA/Arthur N. Wilson, M.D. Memorial Scholarship 515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 464-4193
Burbank, California Burbank Health CareFoundation
MedicalScholarshipProgram The Burbank Health Care Foundation's Medical Scholarship Program is available to students pursuing a degree in medicine, nursing, dentistry or pharmacy. Qualified applicants should be from the Burbank area and should intend to work in Burbank upon graduation and completion of internships or residency. Awards for up to $10,000 will be made on an annual basis, and recipients who maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or greater will be eligible to apply for renewal of their grant for up to three years.
Deadline: November 30
Administrative Coordination Assistant
Burbank Health Care Foundation - Medical Scholarship
200 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502
Phone: (818) 559-2423
Fax: (818) 559-2427
California Fresno-Madera MedicalSociety ScholarshipFoundation Awards will be granted to medical students who have been a legal resident of either Fresno or Madera County for a minimum of one year. Funds cannot be used for room, board or other personal expenses. Students must be enrolled in or accepted to a medical college.
Deadline: May 15
Sandy Palumbo Office Assistant
Fresno-Madera Medical Society Scholarship Foundation P O Box 28337
Fresno, CA 93729-8337
Phone: (559) 224-4224 ext 110
Fax: (559) 224-0276
California Scholarship FoundationofSantaBarbara Applicant must have attended at least four of the six secondary grade school years and graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County. The applicant must be a full-time medical student or graduate student at an approved U.S. college or university. Areas of study include medicine and pharmacy as well as a variety of other programs. Applicant must complete a Scholarship Foundation application and submit with all supporting materials by the deadline. A personal interview in Santa Barbara, CA is required in March.
Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 and are awarded to students for up to four years of medical school funding.
Deadline: January 31
Assistant Director of Student Programs Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
P. O. Box 3620
Santa Barbara, CA 93130 Phone: (805) 687-6065
Fax: (805) 687-6031
California SierraSacramento Valley MedicalSociety's
ResearchFund(CSERF) Scholarships are available to medical students who graduated from high school in El Dorado, Sacramento or Yolo counties from the William E. Dochterman Medical Student Scholarship Fund. You must be enrolled in an accredited American medical school on a full-time basis (12 units or more).
Scholarship awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.
Deadline: July 1
William E. Dochterman Scholarship Fund
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's Community 5380 Elvas Ave, #101
MedicalMemorial Scholarship The scholarship was established in 1988 to provide scholarships to medical school students in their final year of medical school. Students must apply in their third year of medical school.
The scholarship requires that applicants must be residents of Connecticut for five years and currently enrolled in a not- for-profit medical school accredited by the AMA and/or the Wholf Health Organization. Amount of awards can be up to $10,000. Students demonstrating financial need, academic excellence, extracurricular interests and community service, will be strongly considered.
Deadline: April 30
Waterbury Medical Association - Wellsford and Mildred Clark
P.O. Box 30
One Regency Drive Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone: (203) 753-4888
Fax: (860) 286-0787
Connecticut WindhamCounty Medical Association The Windham County Medical Association offers scholarships to medical students enrolled in an accredited medical school located in the U.S. who reside in Windham County, Connecticut.
Deadline: April 15
Windham County Medical Association One Regency Drive
P.O. Box 30
Bloomfield, CT 02002-0030
Phone: (800) 223-9262
Maryland BaltimoreCity Medical Society Foundation, Inc.(BCMS)
Scholarships are available for medical students who lived in Baltimore City for a minimum of three years while attending high school, have a Baltimore City home/permanent address, and have completed at least one year at an accredited U.S. medical or osteopathic school.
Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, and personal qualities which, in the judgment of the Scholarship Committee, demonstrate promise of success in the pursuit of a medical degree. Although there is no pay- back provision in the program, students are encouraged to return to practice medicine in Baltimore City following completion of their training.
Deadline: June 1
Baltimore City Medical Society Foundation, Inc. (BCMS) 1211 Cathedral Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 625-0022
Fax: (410) 385-0154
Massachusetts Charles RiverDistrict MedicalSociety Scholarship This scholarship is available to any medical student who is a legal resident of one of the five towns comprising the district: Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley and Weston.
Applications must be received before April 1 of the freshman year. The scholarship is awarded for the sophomore year and is renewable for the junior year upon application and at the discretion of the Committee on Medical Education.
Further information regarding the application process can be obtained by emailing Florence Keefe at email@example.com.
Deadline: April 1
Florence M. Keefe
Charles River District Medical Society Scholarship 860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: (800) 944-5562
Fax: (781) 464-4823
Massachusetts Dr.Hugh MahoneyScholarshipProgram-MiddlesexNorthDistrictMedicalSociety The Middlesex North District Medical Society Scholarship Fund offers The Dr. Hugh Mahoney Scholarship and is available to any medical school student who is enrolled and has completed one year at an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,250. Applicants must be a member of MMS and a legal resident of one of the following towns: Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.
Deadline: Mid April
Dr. Hugh Mahoney Scholarship Program - Middlesex North
Massachusetts WorcesterDistrict MedicalSociety Scholarship The criteria for the Worcester District Medical Society Scholarship awards will be based on scholastic achievement, financial need and community service. Applicants must be legal residents of Central Massachusetts at the time of applying to medical school and currently attending an accredited medical school. Second, third and fourth year students are eligible to apply.
Deadline: Late July
Scholarship Fund of WDMS
Worcester District Medical Society Scholarship 321 Main Street, Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 753-1579
Fax: (508) 754-6246
Michigan (Kalamazoo County) S. Rudolph Light Medical Education Scholarship
Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship
To be eligible for an S. Rudolph Light Medical Education Scholarship, the applicant must have been a permanent Kalamazoo County resident while attending high school or must be a graduate of a Kalamazoo County high school and applying to or admitted to a school of medicine, dentistry or a master's of nursing program. Must demonstrate the necessary aptitude and other qualities requisite to his/her chosen profession; Able to demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Michigan (Newaygo County) Maynard and Lavina DeKrygerScholarship
Fremont Area Community Foundation Scholarship
To be eligible for a Maynard and Lavina DeKryger Scholarship, the applicant must have been a permanent Newaygo County resident while attending high school or must be a graduate of a Newaygo County high school and applying to or admitted to a medical school.
Michigan (Van Buren County) Gail and Hilda OsterScholarship
Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship
To be eligible for a Gail and Hilda Oster Scholarship, the applicant must have been a permanent resident of Van Buren County while attending high school or must be a graduate of a Van Buren County high school and enrolling or enrolled as a medical student in the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must demonstrate financial need.
Oregon MyrtaE.OtterdaleMemorial Scholarship Fund This scholarship is available to medical students who meet the following criteria: Successful completion of first year of medical school curriculum, resident of Oregon prior to beginning medical school (preference given to students who resided in Jackson County prior to matriculation), be in good academic standing, complete the Otterdale Scholarship application. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $9,000. This is an annual award and students must reapply in subsequent years. Consideration will be based on need for financial assistance, as well as motivation and commitment to medicine.
US Bank, Private Client Group
Myrta E. Otterdale Memorial Scholarship Fund 131 E. Main
Medford, OR 97501
Fax: (541) 776-2649
Texas SmithCountyMedicalSociety The Smith County Medical Society offers scholarships to deserving medical students from the Evans Swan Memorial Trust. Recipient must be a resident of Smith County, Texas; demonstrate a genuine financial need and be in good standing in medical school; be in first, second, or third year of medical school (fourth year considered but not preferred); submit letter to selection committee that addresses his or her financial and personal situation.
Deadline: March 1
Angela H. Driggs Executive Director
Smith County Medical Society
P.O. Box 8714
Tyler, TX 75713
Phone: (903) 593-7058
Fax: (903) 593-9312
Eligibility Based OnOther
Educational Conference National Rural Instituteon Alcohol andDrugAbuse The Institute is awarding 50 scholarships to medical students interested in obtaining specialized medical training in alcohol and other drug abuse treatment at the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Conference. Each recipient receives a scholarship which covers tuition and on-campus room and board during the Institute, plus a $300 stipend to help defray travel and incidental expenses. Preference will be given to applicants interested in practicing medicine in rural communities. Attendance at all sessions is required.
To apply, provide the following information to the address below:
Name, address, phone number and e-mail address
Medical School/College attending and year or current position
A brief statement (25-50 words) of your interest in attending this conference as it relates to your future career goals
Conference registration form available at: http://www.uwstout.edu/outreach/conf/nri
Deadline: April 15
Julie Smith Outreach Services
National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse University of Wisconsin-Stout
FamilyMedicineCommitment Pisacano ScholarsLeadership Foundation The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program provides educational programs, leadership training, and funding for outstanding fourth year medical students for a four-year period. Students must make a commitment to the specialty of family medicine. The funding program is designed to reimburse a portion of medical school debt incurred by the student by the conclusion of the required three-year residency. The Foundation is especially interested in students who exhibit the highest levels of skill, compassion, and leadership.
Although the scholarships are intended to reduce the level of medical school related debt, financial need is not a consideration. The maximum scholarship award is $28,000. The scholarship award for each year will be paid in August. Funds will be distributed during the remainder of medical school and during the three-year residency. Applicants apply in their THIRD YEAR of medical school.
Deadline: March 1
Pisacano Scholars Leadership Foundation 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 550
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (888) 995-5700
Fax: (859) 335-7501
Women TheAmerican Association ofUniversity
Selected Profession Fellowships
Women medical school students are eligible for awards ranging from $5,000 to $18,000. Fellowships are awarded to women from ethnic minorities historically underrepresented in medicine. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: January 10
The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
PO Box 4030
Iowa City, IA 52243 Phone: (319) 337-1716
Loan Programs California Jewish FreeLoanAssociation Interest-free loans are available in amounts up to $3,000/year. Applicants must be Jewish, permanent residents of Los Angeles or Ventura Counties and must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above (or equivalent). Co-signers are required.
Jewish Free Loan Association 6505 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 715 Los Angeles, CA 90048 Phone: (323) 761- 8830
Fax: (323) 761-8441
SantaBarbaraCounty, California SantaBarbaraFoundation
Medical andGraduateLoanProgram To qualify for funding through the Santa Barbara Foundation Medical and Graduate Loan Program, students must have attended at least four of the six secondary grade years at a school in Santa Barbara County and must have graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County. Loans are awarded to students for up to 14 quarters of medical school. Loans are interest-free and repayment begins eighteen months after the student receives a medical degree or otherwise leaves school. For students who enter family practice or internal medicine, when 50% of the loan has been repaid in a timely manner, the loan is considered paid in full.
Financial need is the primary criterion.
Deadline: January 31
Assistant Director of Student Programs
Santa Barbara Foundation Medical and Graduate Loan
P.O. Box 3620
Santa Barbara, CA 93130 Phone: (805) 687-6065
Fax: (805) 687-6031
ServiceObligationRequired NativeAmerican Indian Health Services -HealthProfessionsScholarshipProgram The Health Professions Scholarship Program is for American Indian and Alaska Native students, who are members of their Tribe, enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. Students incur service obligations and payback requirements on acceptance of funding from this program. Priority is given to graduate students and junior and senior level students.
Health Professions Scholarships are awarded for a one year period (12 months of support), with reapplications required for each year of continuation.
Deadline: Check the website.
Indian Health Services - Health
Indian Health Services - Health Professions Scholarship 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 7-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 930-3981 x 311
PrimaryHealthCareinUnderservedAreas NationalHealthServiceCorps Scholarship Program
Federal Scholarships are available for U.S. Citizens or Nationals who are, or will be, enrolled in schools of Allopathic
(M.D.) or Osteopathic (D.O.) Medicine; Family Nurse Practitioner Education; Nurse Midwifery Education; or Physician Assistant Training. Participants must be willing to serve the underserved in any health professional shortage area in the U.S. The scholarship consists of payment for tuition, fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly support stipend. In return, the students agree to provide one year of service in the Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need to which they are assigned for each school year or partial school year of scholarship support received, with a minimum 2-year service commitment and a maximum 4-year commitment.
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
U.S. Armed Forces MedicalScholarship Health ProfessionsScholarship Program (HPSP) Qualifying students receive full tuition and a monthly stipend during their medical school program. After graduation, students enter active duty in their specialty. The active duty service obligation is one year of service for every year of scholarship, with a minimum obligation of two years.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Be enrolled in an accredited graduate program in the U.S.
Maintain full-time student status during the length of the program. Qualify as a commissioned Officer in the United States Armed Forces.