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Check back often for updates.          For further details of any scholarship contact Melissa.


Please notify us of outside scholarship opportunities that can be added to this list.  Be wary of potential scholarship scams.  Do not submit an application that requires a fee or payment, asks for too much personal information or is also trying to sell something.  If you are unsure whether a scholarship opportunity is legitimate, contact your financial aid counselor.


Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

AF HPSP provides full tuition & fees, a monthly stipend and a $20,000 upfront bonus for certain applicants.   Commissioned as second lieutenants during medical school, program participants are captains during military residency.

AF HPSP enlistees must serve one year of active duty for each year of scholarship, but not fewer than three years.

Visit https://www.airforce.com/healthcare/?m=2013hp&pl=google&med=cpc for further information.

American Association of Medical Colleges

The AAMC provides a chart of scholarship opportunities.

Visit https://www.aamc.org/download/266720/data/scholarshipgrantopportunities.pdf to see if any of these scholarships might be appropriate for you.

American Association of University Women

The AAUW offers scholarships of $5,000 to $18,000 to female med students in M3 or M4 from minority groups including Black/African Americans, Mexican/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskan Amercans and Asian/Pacific Islander Americans.

Application requirements include an online application, a narrative autobiography, career/professional goals, a detailed budget, 3 letters of recommendation (one from your med school dean), official transcripts and a $35 nonrefundable fee.

Deadline: January each year for the following year.  Thus, you must apply during M2 or M3.

To investigate further visit http://www.act.org/aauw/pdf/AAUW-SPF-Instructions.pdf.

American Indian College Fund

The AICF offers scholarships to US citizens who are registered members of a tribe recognized by the federal or a state government or are a descendant of a parent or grandparent who is a tribe member.

Application requirements include an online form, a short essay, a digital photograph, your most recent transcript, the Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) form (link provided) and proof of tribal membership.

Deadline: May 31st each year.

Visit http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/graduate_special_scholarships for the scholarship or telephone 1 800 776 3863 or visit www.thinkindian.org for AICF information.


American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation

Minority Scholars Awards

Seven $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually to medical school students who are permanent residents or citizens of the U.S.  Eligible students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical profession include African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino and must currently be in M1 or M2.  Each medical school is invited to submit two nominees.

Deadline: mid-April each year.

Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships

Up to twelve $10,000 scholarships are awarded to current third-year medical students, who are entering their fourth-year of study and are permanent residents or citizens of the US. The selection of the recipients will be based on academic achievement and financial need.  Each medical school may submit one nominee.

Deadline: late May each year.

For both awards the application requirements include a form, a one page personal statement, a letter of recommendation from the medical school dean, a letter of recommendation from a medical school faculty member and a medical school transcript.

Contact Financial Aid if you are interested in being nominated for either award.

Visit www.amafoundation.org/go/amafscholarships to learn more.


Leadership Awards

To recognize medical students, residents/fellows and new physicians who demonstrate commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care.  Recipients will attend a leadership training program, an awards banquet and the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC in March.

Applications available at www.amafoundation.org/go/excellence.

Application deadline:  January 20th.

Seed Grant Research Program

Grants from $2,500 to $5,000 are offered to medical students, residents and fellows to conduct basic science or clinical research projects on cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, pancreatic cancer, and neoplastic Diseases.

Applications available at www.amafoundation.org/go/seedgrants.

Deadline:  early December.

American Society of Hematology

The ASH's Minority Medical Student Award Program offers 8 to 12 week summer research experiences in the study of hematology.

Minorities include American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Blacks or African Americans, and Hispanics or Latinos.

Benefits include a $5,000 stipend, paid travel to ASH annual meetings, a free subscription to the ASH official journal and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Application requirements include a completed form, a current resume and 3 letters of recommendation.

Deadline: early March each year.

For further information visit http://www.hematology.org/Awards/MMSAP/2624.aspx#c, or telephone 202-776-0544 or email awards@hematology.org


Armenian Students Association of America, Inc.

Must be of Armenian descent. Must be enrolled as a full-time student and have completed one full year of academics at a four-year accredited U.S. college by June 2015. Must be a U.S. citizen OR must possess appropriate Visa status in order to study in the U.S.

Deadline: March 15

Website: http://www.asainc.org/national/scholarships.shtml

Army Health Profession Scholarship Program

Army HPSP provides a $20,000 up front bonus, full tuition and a generous monthly stipend to medical school students ranked  as Second Lieutenants.  Upon graduation from medical school, program participants will complete residency as Medical Corps Captains.  Following residency, doctors will serve in the Army for four years, longer if residency exceeds four years.

Visit http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/education/hpsp.html for more information.

Also available are Army Reserve Medical Corps options such as the Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP), the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLR) and the Medical/Dental School Stipend Program (MDSSP).


Association on American Indian Affairs

Applicants must be enrolled in their tribe (Continental US or Alaska only), enrolled in an accredited school full time both fall and spring semesters, and be seeking an Associate's degree or higher.

Application will be available March 1, 2015

Website: http://indian-affairs.org/scholarships/aaia_scholarships.htm

Bolivar Network (aka BN and La Red Bolivar) Graduate Book Scholarships

Two $450 scholarships will be awarded to Latino/Latin UVA graduate students to help with the high costs of textbooks.  References to Hispanic/Latino and "students of Latino/Latin American/Iberian descent" are also made in the announcement.

This award follows a nominations process, meaning any member of the UVA SOM (faculty, staff, student leader, fellow student) may nominate a student who is currently in M1, M2 or M3.

Deadline: each year mid-February.

For more information and the scholarship application visit:  http://hoosonline.virginia.edu/site/c.bnJzHHNkGkF/b.3857077/k.914D/Scholarship.htm.

Also visit  https://hoosonline.virginia.edu/site/c.bnJzHHNkGkF/b.3857027/k.BE66/Home.htm.

You may request an application or request additional details by contacting the Bolivar Network at BolivarNetwork@virginia.edu or contact Andrew Miller '99 at millerandrewj@hotmail.com.

This web site includes a list of scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students if you select Scholarships from the menu and then Additional Scholarships from the dropdown menu or visit http://hoosonline.virginia.edu/site/c.bnJzHHNkGkF/b.3857083/k.50F3/Additional_Scholarships.htm.

Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship

If you're a verifiable alumnus of Casey Family Services Foster Care in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont you may be eligible for this scholarship. Must be between the ages of 16-49 and starting or enrolled in post-secondary education (includes medical school, not PhD). Scholarships are up to $10,000 in total over the course of your education and must be used within 10 years of your application date.

Deadline: No deadline.

For the application visit: http://www.fc2success.org/programs/cfs/

Chesapeake Medical Society

The Chesapeake Medical Society offers the $1,000 Hubert W. Kuehn Scholarship to students from Chesapeake VA currently enrolled in medical school.

Previous recipients may reapply.

Deadline: March each year.

For more information and the scholarship application, telephone the Society's Executive Director, Ms. Leslie Phelps, at 757 312 6192 or email leslie.phelps@chesapeakeregional.com.

Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS)

The CAMS offers the Esther Lim, the Ruth Liu and the American Center for Chinese Medical Sciences scholarships.

Applicants must be first, second or third year students at a U.S. medical school.

Requirements include the completed application, a letter from the dean of students, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a current vitae.

Deadline: April 30 each year.

For more information and the application visit http://chineseamericanmedicalsociety.cloverpad.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1070535


Chinese American Physicians' Society


CAPS is offering scholarships of $2000 to $5000 each annually to students in United States medical schools. Open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race or color. Selected based on 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: Usually at the end of March. (Please watch out for the 2015 application in December 2014.)

Please visit: http://www.caps-ca.org/

Connecticut Scholarships and Loans

The Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians Endowment Loan Fund offers 2nd, 3rd and 4th year medical students loans that are repaid without interest or not repaid if recipients establish family practices.   Deadline: June 1 each year.

The Hartford County Medical Foundation offers scholarships up to $2,000 to medical students from that county.  Deadline: June 1 each year.

The Nolan Scholarship is for male medical students from Middlesex County.  Deadline: June 1 each year.

The Waterbury Medical Association offers the Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship of up to $20,000 for 4th year medical students.  Deadline: April 30th of your third year.

The Windham County Medical Association offers grants to medical students from that county.  Deadline April 15 each year.

For further details visit http://www.ctafp.org/scholarships

Also see Hartford (CT) Foundation for Public Giving lower on this list.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Alice W. Rooke Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship awarded to students who have been accepted into or who are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian, or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school, college, or university. Not auto-renewable; however, applicant can reapply up to four years.

Deadline: February 15

For details visit: http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/nursing-medical-scholarships

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of student to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian, or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school, college, or university. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.

Deadline: February 15

For details visit: http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/nursing-medical-scholarships


Dr. Francis Anthony Beneventi Medical Scholarship: A preferred amount $5,000 scholarship for a student attending or planning to attend an approved, accredited, medical school, college or university. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The scholarship is not auto-renewable; however, the applicant may reapply for consideration each year for up to four consecutive years, pending proof of enrollment (no pre-med, veterinarian, or physician assistant).

Deadline: February 15


For details visit: http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/nursing-medical-scholarships



Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships

One year of full-time clinical research is supported with a $29,000 stipend, free health insurance, financial support to attend a year-end meeting and funds for supplementary research and training.

Applicants must have completed two or more years of medical school in good academic standing by July 1 (when all research programs begin) and may apply to one or more of the 12 schools participating in the clinical research program.

Deadline: January each year.

For details visit http://www.ddcf.org/Programs/Medical-Research/

Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

Scholarships range from $2,000 to $8,000 to assist women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations.  Source - Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Application requirements - three copies of each document: 
1)Ida Foreman Fleisher application, 2)Personal Mission Statement, 3)FAFSA,
4)Recent transcripts and 5)Letter of recommendation (one original and 2 copies).

For Jewish men and women: The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia also offers interest-free loans (Albert Strickler Memorial Fund and Samual and Sara Feinman Fund) for up to $5,000 for medical students, preferably Jewish, and one loan fund (Feinman) is for students from Greater Philadelphia.

Deadline: Each year in mid-May.

Applications are available at http://www.jewishphilly.org/page.aspx?id=124638

General Electric/National Medical Fellowships

GE/NMF offers fourth-year medical students clinical/puiblic health electives of two-months duration between Match and graduation weeks in Ghana and Uganda focusing on regional health care issues such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, cancer and infant mortality.

A $5,000 scholarship and funds to cover transportation and living expenses are awarded to those who complete the program.

Application requirements include an application form, a letter of recommendation from the SOM dean, a 500-word statement from the applicant and the applicant's official grade transcript and curriculum vitae.

Applicants must be nominated by the SOM

Program requirements include an individual project, a written project, a presentation, weekly journals and a team project.

Deadline: October 1 each year.

For further details and the application visit:  http://www.nmfonline.org/programs/pclp/apply-now

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The HRCF offers four scholarships for medical school students:

Florence L. Smith Medical for long-time Virginia residents attending medical school at Eastern Virginia, the University of Virginia or Virginia Commonwealth.

Helen and Buzzy Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars - A supplemental scholarship for a recipient of the Florence L. Smith Scholarship.

Victor and Ruth N. Goodman Memorial for students from South Hampton Roads, VA (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County). studying medicine or other health professions.

Louis I. Jaffe Memorial for graduates of Norfolk State University enrolled in a graduate program at any institution.  Applicants must be Virginia residents with priority given to students from Hampton Roads.

Lewis K. Martin II, M.D. and Cheryl Rose Martin Scholarship - For Virginia residents pursuing medical education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Ellis W. Rowe Scholarship - for students from Gloucester County studying ministry, nursing, medicine, agriculture or sciences.

Yeonas Memorial - for students of Greek descent from South Hampton Roads.

One general application is used to apply for all scholarships for which the applicant is eligible.

Requirements include the application form, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts from high school and college and a statement of family income and resources.

Deadline: each year late Februray.  Award notifications are sent in May.

For more information visit http://www.hamptonroadscf.org/scholarships/graduateScholarships.html.

Hartford (CT) Foundation for Public Giving

The Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship fund awards up to ten renewable $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year medical school students who attended Connecticut public and/or parochial schools for at least eight years and graduated from one of those high schools.

Requirements include a scholarship application form, an up-to-date resume, a one-page description of your career goals, a letter of good standing from an accredited medical school, the names and dates of attended schools from elementary through college, your current financial aid award letter and your parents' current occupation, employer and number of years at that job.

Deadline: each year mid-May.

Visit  http://www.hfpgscholarships.org/Scholarship/Search/ViewScholarship/tabid/346/Default.aspx?xfer=275 for information about this scholarship.

Visit  http://www.hfpgscholarships.org/Scholarship/Search/ViewScholarship/tabid/346/Default.aspx?xfer=73 to search for other scholarships for Connecticut residents.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF offers scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 to full-time graduate students of Hispanic heritage who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the US.

Applicants must be pursuing their first graduate degree and must complete the FAFSA.

Deadline: December 15th each year.

Visit:   http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/general-college-scholarships




J. Edgar Hoover Foundation

The Scientific Scholarship offers $25,000 to students in fields relevant to modern day criminal investigation, particularly those with an interest in medical forensics.

Applicants must be US citizens and must submit a scholarship form, a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation.

Candidates must be nominated by their school.  If interested, notify the Financial Aid Office.

Deadline: mid-April each year.

For the application form, see Dennis.

Indian Health Services Scholarship (IHS)

The IHS offers full tuition and a monthly stipend in return for one year of full-time service for each year of scholarship support (minimum 2 years).

Applicants must be US citizens and members of federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribes, bands or communities accepted by or enrolled in medical school in a priority career category.

Requirements include a scholarship application form, two faculty recommendations, documentation of American Indian/Alaska Native eligibility, official transcript and proof of acceptance/enrollment into a specific health category.

Deadline: New applicants - late March each year.  Continuation Students - late February.

For details, including this year's priority category list, visit http://www.scholarship.ihs.gov/.



Each year, Indicorps selects young professionals of Indian origin for one and two year service fellowships with grassroots service organizations in India.   Health Services is an area included.

The Indicorps fellowship stipend covers room, board, and fellowship-related travel. Indicorps' involvement is generally in-kind only, however, may include a minimal cash stipend to meet fellowship requirements and local transportation needs. Fellows will be required to provide for their own travel to and from India as well as any other incidental expenses.

To be eligible for the fellowship program, you must be a person of Indian origin (Government of India definition) and have at minimum a university degree or five years work experience. Individuals apply specifically to projects of their interest.

Deadline: January 1 each year.

For more information and the application information visit http://www.indicorps.org/.

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

The IASF offers scholarships to Iranian Americans who are USA citizens or permanent residents.

Application requirements are relatively demanding and include a lengthy scholarship application form, the Student Aid Report (SAR) from your FAFSA, two essays, two sealed letters of recommendation with completed recommendation forms from each recommender, an offical grade transcript and a GPA certification form if your grade transcript does not include that.

For further details and the scholarship application visit http://iasfund.org/applications/.

Deadline: mid-May each year.

Other scholarships for Iranian-Americans are listed at http://www.iasfund.org/scholarship/momeni/.

Japanese American Citizen League

Offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. Applicants must be planning to attend full time at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the fall of 2015.

Deadline: April 1

Website: http://jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm

Application Link: http://jacl.org/edu/documents/2015-General%20Application.pdf


Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)


The JMSA offers scholarships from $2,500 to $20,000 to applicants interested in achieving JMSA goals including proposing a project that will benefit the JMSA and the Japanese community.

In addition to the scholarship application form, candidates must submit a medical school transcript, at least one letter of recommendation and a brief personal statement in essay form.

Deadline: December 31 each year.

Questions should be emailed to Dr. Yuzuru Anzai at infor@msa.org.  For further information and the application telephone 212 351 5038 or visit:


Korean American Medical Association

KAMA offers scholarships of at least $1,000 for basic clinical research or community outreach.

Applicants must 1)be members of KAMA, 2)be in M1, M2 or M3 and 3)submit a CV, SOM transcript, two letters of recommendation and the online application.   Receipents of KAMA awards must attend a dinner in NYC and give a presentation about their experience.  All travel costs are paid.

Although KAMA encourages all med students to apply, their stated goal is to "assist and support medical students of Korean heritage".

Deadline: July 1 each year.

Visit  http://www.kamaus.org/info/index.php/medical-students/80-scholarship-program for more information and the online application.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation

The KASF offers scholarships to full-time students with financial need and GPAs of 3.0 or higher.   Koreans (international students) and Korean-Americans may apply.

The KASF has divided the US into 6 districts.  Application requirements depend upon in which district your university is located.  General requirements include a lengthy application form, an official transcript, two letters of recommendation, a recent photo and a one-page essay.   Some districts require the FAFSA or copies of parents' tax returns.

Deadlines: Districts have differing deadlines mostly from May to July each year.

Visit http://www.kasf.org/application_set.html for more information and the application form.

The Howard Lapsley Memorial Scholarship Fund for Medical Education (New Jersey)

Scholarship funds are awarded towards tuition and in some cases towards room and board, travel, meals, books and supplies.

Candidates must have attended or been eligible to attend NJ public schools in Union, Somerset or Middlesex counties.    Temporary residence in these counties does not qualify.

Application requirements include a paper application, college grade transcripts, four references (two academic), the Graduate Professional School Financial Aid Service (GPFAS) statement and a 100 word essay about your medical career goals.  If a personal interview with the Board of the Muhlenberg is required, you must attend.

Recipients may reapply for each year of medical school.

For more information visit http://jfkmc.org/pdf/LapsleyScholarship_Brochure.pdf.

Find the application at http://www.jfkmc.org/pdf/Lapsley_Application.pdf

Deadline: May 1 each year.

Latino Medical Student Association

The LMSA offers a $500 scholarship to a medical student from one of a dozen states, including Virginia, who is a member of the LMSA (you may join now) with an interest in Latino healthcare.

A completed application form, a 500-word personal statement, a medical school transcript and a copy of the FAFSA page identifying the Expected Family Contribution must be submitted by email.

Visit http://lmsa.net/resources/scholarships for information and the scholarship application.

Deadline: February 1st each year.


Leopold Schepp Foundation


Leopold Schepp Foundation: The foundation encourages young men and women to develop good character and pursue post-secondary education. Scholarships are need-based and can be up to $8,500. Graduate student applicants must be under 40 years of age, minimum 3.2 GPA, and be enrolled full-time in an approved graduate program. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and a personal interview in NYC is required of all applicants (travel expenses are not reimbursed).

Scholarship considerations: Character (references required), Ability (Academic transcripts required), Financial Need (Student and Parent Tax Returns required), and a detailed estimate of academic expenses is also required.

To download the form to request an application visit: http://www.scheppfoundation.org/wp/applying/

Deadline: No hard deadline. A deadline is automatically imposed when a sufficient number of requests have been received.


The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund


The purpose of this grant is to support women in education who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries.

Criteria include: a record of service to women and/or children in her country,must reside in the U.S. at the time of application and plans to return to her home country in two years, demonstrates financial need, enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. and during the entire period covered by the grant, she must use the grant to continue study for her degree, at least 25 years old, not a Green Card holder, a national of a developing country, and eligible to borrow from the World Bank.

Deadline: typically February

For more details and application visit: http://www.mmmf-grants.org/home/uscanada-program


Marine Corps Health Professions Scholarship Program

See Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

Medical Society of Northern Virginia

The MSNVA offers two $2,500 scholarships to students enrolled in a VA medical school who are residents of Fairfax County (including Alexandria City and all other independent municipalities) and Loudon County, 3rd year students when applying and able to accept the award in person at the MSNVA Legislative Breakfast in Vienna, VA.

Requirements include an application form, a CV, two reference letters, confirmation of enrollment and a one page statement of the applicant's vision for the future of VA medicine.


Deadline: April 1st.

The application form is available at the SOM Financial Aid Office or online at http://www.msnva.org/foundation/.

Mid-Tidewater Medical Society

The MTMS offers a $500 renewable scholarship to a student attending medical school in VA who has connections with Gloucester, Mathews or Middlesex counties in VA.

Your CV must accompany the one-page application.

For more information email sarah.west@rivhs.com.

For the application, see Dennis

Deadline: October each year.

Momeni Foundation

The Financial Assistance Scholarship offers awards from $500 to $1,000 to full-time students of Iranian descent regardless of citizenship or country of residence.

Applicants must submit in English or Persian narrative or documentary proof of Iranian ancestry, their SOM financial aid award letter, a list of community service and extra curricular activities including club and organization memberships and a 500-word statement of career goals.

Visit http://momenifoundation.org/apps.htm for more information and the application.

Dealine: June 30 each year.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship

In return for a commitment to: specialize in primary care (family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology or general psychiatry), serve a primary care residency and serve one year for each year of scholarship support (two-year minimum) at an approved Health Professional Shortage Area, the NHSC will pay all education costs and provide a monthly taxable living stipend.  The NHSC also pays for travel to and from Professional Shortage Area sites for job interviews.

Eligible health care facilities include Federally-supported health centers, rural health clinics, Indian Health Service clinics, public health care clinics, hospital-affiliated primary care practices, managed care networks, prisons and US Immigration, Customs & Enforcement sites.

Service areas are in all states plus D.C, American Samoa, Micronesia, Guam, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Repbulic of Palau and the US Virgin Islands.

Application requirements include the online form, proof of US Citizenship, transcripts, a resume detailing work and volunteer experiences, essays and verification and evaluation from your school.

Deadline: early May each year.

For more information and the application visit NHSC Website.

To view current Professional Shortage Areas visit http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov/.


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment

In return for two years of service in a Health Professional Shortage Area, the NHSC provides $50,000 (or the medical school graduate's entire debt if less) tax fee to primary case physicians.

After two years, participants may be eligible to apply for additional support for extended service.

Deadline: each year late July.

For more information visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/.

For typical service facilities and service areas read the two corresponding paragraphs under NHSC Scholarship.  To view current Professional Shortage Areas visit http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov/.

For the application visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/apply.htm.

To read the VA Community Healthcare Association's NHSC newsletter click here.

National Hispanic Health Foundation

The NHHF offers Health Professions Scholarships of $5,000 (eleven) and $2,000 (nine) to US citizens who are Hispanic or concerned with health in Hispanic communities.

Requirements include the scholarship application form, a brief personal statement, a current curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation and a grade transcript (or enrollment verification for M1 students).

Visit http://www.nhmafoundation.org/index.php/scholarship-program/scholarship-application for more information and the application form

Deadline: early October each year.

National Institutes of Health

The NIH offers loan repayment plans for up to $35,000 each year for two-year programs of nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research in five areas - clinical, pediatric, health disparities, contraception/infertility and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program also offers tax offsets and the possibility of renewing the program after two years.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US with doctoral-level degrees willing to devote 20 or more hours per week to research.

Deadline: mid-November each year.

For more information visit www.lrp.nih.gov or call 866-849-4047.

National Italian American Foundation

NIAF Scholarships range from $2,000 to $12,000 for Italian Americans who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievement in their area of study.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US with at least one ancestor who immigrated from Italy and be enrolled in an accredited US college/university with a 3.5 GPA.

Application requiremens include the completed application, a teacher evaluation form, an official grade transcript and, if you wish, the FAFSA.

Online applications become available in November and the application deadline is in early March.

For further information and the link to the application visit: http://www.niaf.org/programs/scholarships/

National Medical Fellowships

NMF offers scholarships, awards and fellowship programs to United States citizens from groups currently underrepresented in the medical profession; specifically, African-Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Native Americans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, and mainland Puerto Ricans who permanently reside within the 50 U.S states.

For information about these programs visit http://www.nmfonline.org/pages/programs---landing


Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

Navy HPSP provides full tuition & fees, a monthly stipend and a $20,000 upfront bonus.   Medical students hold the rank of ensign and residents are lieutenants.  After residency program participants then serve as a general medical officer (GMO), with the option of completing a residency following their GMO tour.

To learn more, visit: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/navmedmpte/accessions/pages/healthprofessionsscholarshipprogram_prospective.aspx

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship

The five $5,000 AAMC awards are for those entering their third year of medical school.

Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of the US who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care.

Eight sets of application materials must include a letters of recommendation from the dean's designate, the SOM diversity affairs officer, and a faculty member, a personal statement by the nominee and a curriculum vitae.  All letters must be double-spaced with 1" margins and size 12 Times New Roman font.

Deadline: early May each year


The Herbert W. Nickens Award

This AAMC $10,000 award is for outstanding contributions that promote justice in medical education and health equities for people in this country.

The recipient will present the Nickens Lecture and lead a discussion session at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado in November.

Eight sets of application materials must include a letter of nomination which includes testimonials that support the nominees efforts to promote social justice in medical education and health care and a curriculum vitae.  The letter of recommendation must be double-spaced with 1" margins and size 12 Times New Roman font.

Deadline: early May each year.

For more information on both Nickens awards visit: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/nickens-student/

Contact Financial Aid if you are interested in being nominated for either award.

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society

The Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary's Scholarship and Education Fund offers two $2,500 scholarship for a full-time medical student from that county.

The Lycoming County Medical Society offers up to three $3,000 scholarships for full-time medical students from that county.

The Montgomery County Medical Society offers up to three $2,500 scholarship to first year medical students from that county.

The Myrtle Siegfried and Michael Vigilante MD Scholarship Fund offers a  $1,000 scholarship to a first year medical student from Berks, Lehigh or Northampton county.

Deadline: September 30 each year.

For more information and an application visit http://www.foundationpamedsoc.org/ then select Student Financial Services and then Scholarships from the drop-down menu or contact the foundation at studentservices@pamedsoc.org or telephone 717-558-7852.

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

Dr. Nicholas J. Pisacano established this foundation to provide educational programs, leadership training and funding for medical students committed to family medicine.

The maximum scholarship award is $28,000, which will be distributed during the fourth year of medical school and three years of residency.

Financial need is not a consideration.

Applicants must be (1)entering their fourth year in the fall of the calendar year (2)at a U.S. medical school (3)with family medicine as their specialty.

Application requirements include the application form, three letters of recommendation (SOM Dean, a Primary Care faculty member and a family physician not connected to your SOM), transcripts (undergrad, grad, SOM), copies of your MCAT and USMLE scores and an essay explaining your personal goals.

Deadline: March 1 each year.

For more information and an application http://www.pisacano.org/.

Ruth Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship

One or two outstanding med students who have completed M3 are invited to participate in the clinical services at the University of Iowa Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation involving educational programs and conferences, surgical skills education and research conferences.

The award provides support for housing and travel.

Application requirements include the PDF application, med school transcripts, letters of recommendation from the SOM dean and a faculty member, a current resume including research experience and copies of any published material and a personal statement.

Deadline: late March each year.

Details, including the PDF application form, course descriptions and dates of participation, are at http://www.uiortho.com/index.php/education/ruth-jackson-steindler-orthopaedic-clerkship.html

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation

This foundations offers a year of research in a wide variety of cardiovascular fields at a medical school other than the one in which the medical student is enrolled, although exceptions are made.

Second- and third-year medical students are encouraged to apply, and fourth-years who have negotiated a graduation deferment may apply. Applicants who are not US citizens must maintain an appropriate visa.   MD/PHD students are not eligible.  Prior research experience is not required.

Benefits include a $30,000 stipend, up to $6,850 for associated costs, financial support to attend meetings related to cardiovascular medicine and funds for travel to present research papers.

Application requirements include a completed application form, a three-page essay, a one-page personal statement, a medical school transcript, three letters of recommendation and any other materials that would enhance the application package.

Deadline: early January each year.

For further information visit www.SarnoffFoundation.org.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Thirty grants of $20,000 plus $16,000 for tuition are offered for graduate study in the US for one or two years for students who are undergraduate fourth-years or enrolled in M1 or M2.

Applicants must be resident aliens (holding a Green Card), naturalized US citizens or native-born US citizens with both parents being naturalized US citizens.   Applicants loyal to both countries should regard the US as their principal residence and national identity.

Application requirements include an online application form, documentation of "New American" status, two essays, a brief resume, three letters of recommendation, enrollment verification, undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, and MCAT scores for entering medical students.

Deadline: each year November 1.

For further information visit http://www.pdsoros.org/forms/fullapp.pdf.

Southern Medical Association Alliance

SMAA offers a $2,000 scholarship to a 3rd-year medical student who has achieved academic excellence, exhibits leadership qualities and has financial need.

Visit http://sma.org/sma-alliance/files/2013/05/Medical_Student_Scholarship_Application1.pdf for the application.

Deadline:  mid-September each year.

Health Focus of Southwest Virginia

Awarded first to students from southwest Virginia, then to students from Virginia, and, if funds remain, to students from southeastern United States, awards may range from $1,000 to $8,000.  Note the non-refundable $25 application fee and the requirement that all awarded funds be returned if the recipient does not complete medical school.

Application availability: For academic year awards from March 1 to August 15 and for spring semester awards from May 15 to November 15.

For more information, the cover letter and application visit http://healthfocusswva.org/scholarships/


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Pediatric Oncology Education Program

Medical students do nine weeks of clinical oncology research in a wide variety of medical fields involving chart review, record screening and examination and data collection and entry.  Participants may attend clinics, observe procedures, perform computer research data processing and analysis, MR image analysis and radiation therapy treatment planning.   The primary goal of this summer program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research either as a laboratory-based scientist or physician scientist.

Applicants must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals or possess a permanent resident visa and have and undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4 scale.

Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend and free housing in Memphis, Tennessee.

Application requirements include an online application form, dean's letter of recommendation, two letters of recommendation from faculty members or research mentors and undergraduate and medical school transcripts.

Participants must make a PowerPoint presentation and a written report on their research project.

Deadline: February 1 each year.

For further information visit http://www.stjude.org/poe.  For the online application visit:



The Tang Scholarship

This award provides financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements. Must have graduated high school from one of the nine Bay Area counties in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano.

Deadline: April

For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/tangscholarship/


Tavitian Foundation, Inc.

Scholarships available to individuals who are natural or adoptive children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of an Armenian or Eastern European parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent. Recipients may use their award at any approved institution for any course of study. Recipients are called upon to make non-binding moral committment to assist needy students in the future, if they are ever in the position to do so. Selected based on test scores, recommendations, financial need, personal interviews, and Armenian/Eastern European descent.

Contact the foundation directly:

Tavitian Foundation, Inc.

c/o Syncort, Inc.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

The Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest

TADAM offers two $1,000 a year scholarships to medical students with a Turkish-American heritage or ancestry.

In addition to the application form, candidates must submit a letter from the Dean of Students, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement including career goals and a current vitae.

Deadline: February 1 each year.

For more information visit http://www.tadamonline.org/ and select the Scholarship tab.                 For the scholarship application select Downloan Application Form


Vatra Foundation

Offers grants to students of Albanian lineage studying in the United States. Contact the foundation directly; there is no website.

Vatra Educational Foundation

2437 Southern Blvd.

Bronx, NY 10458

(718) 365-6930/(516) 354-6598

Vietnamese American Medical Association (VAMA)

Medical School Scholarships

Five $1,000 scholarships are available to third-year medical students.

Application requirements:  1)VAMA application form, 2)a 600 word essay describing your commitment to serving Vietnamese communities in the US, 3)a medical school transcript, 4)a letter from the financial aid office stating the scholarship and loan amounts you have been awarded. 5)a letter of recommendation from a UVA SOM faculty member and 6)USMLE Step 1 scores.

Deadline: Each year in May.

Memorial Travel Scholarships

Two $2,500 scholarships to attend a rotation in a "third-world" country, preferably Vietnam, during medical school or residency.

Application requirements: 1)VAMA application form, 2)a short essay explaining your goals and the impact of this rotation on your career plan, 3)a itemized budget and 4)a written report submitted within 60 days of the end of the rotation.

If you fail to complete the project, all awarded funds must be returned to the VAMA.

Deadline: Each year late June.

Detailed information and applications are available at http://www.vamausa.org/.

Washington Family Scholars Program

The Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience offers one graduate or medical student a year-long fellowship to work on a research project concerned with blood-brain barrier and drug delivery into the CNS, tumor immunology and cancer vaccine, gene therapy, gene discovery, stem cells and neurodegenerative research or advanced surgical technology resulting in an abstract or scientific paper on the research.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the US and able to conduct the research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Researchers will receive financial support ranging from $30,000 to $40,000.

The application is at: http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Neurosurgery/Documents/WashingtonApplication-final-2011.pdf

Deadline: mid-March each year.

For further information visit www.cedars-sinai.edu/washingtonscholars or telephone 310.423.9522 or email phus@cshs.org.

Worcester (MA) District Medical Society

Scholarships available to legal residents of central Massachusetts at the time of applying to medical school in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of attending an accredited medical or osteopathic school.

Candidates must submit a completed application, a current transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay on your reason(s) for selecting a career in medicine and why you are deserving of this award.

Deadline: early August each year.

For the list of eligible cities and towns in central Massachusetts and the online application visit http://www.wdms.org/scholarship_fund.htm.



World of Knowledge Foundation Today & Tomorrow Scholarship Program

Ten scholarships of $5,000 are awarded to international students whose 1,000 word "Letter of Advice to a Friend in the Home Country" are judged the best. International students attending U.S. universities may apply. Students must hold a GPA of 3.0 or better and maintain full-time status. (There is no website and you must mail the letter to the address below.)

Deadline: typically May 31

Email: knowledgetoall@aol.com

Phone: 1-888-953-7737

Address: World of Knowledge Foundation, Inc.

4037 Metric Drive, Suite 120

Winter Park, FL 32792

Zelma Gray Scholarship (Ohio)

Zelma Gray Scholarships provide funds for tuition, lab fee and text book costs to medical students who are permanent or current residents of Guernsey County, Ohio, who graduated from a Guernsey County high school and who have a parent who lives in that county.

Application requirements include the application form, college grade transcripts, MCAT scores and a copy of the applicant's FAFSA.

Deadline: March 31 each year.

The application is available at http://www.appalachianohio.org/upload_files/files/Zelma%20Gray%20Medical%20School%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf.