Scholarships from Private Sources

Following is a list of scholarships available to medical students, though not all are limited to medical students. This list is not exhaustive by any means and you are encouraged to investigate other scholarship websites resources. If you are a resident of a state other than Iowa, check the websites of medical schools in your state because some regional scholarships can "travel" with a student to the school of their choice. Be creative in your search, cast a wide net, and please let the Financial Services office know if we can be of further service in your efforts to fund your medical education.


General Community Scholarship Programs

A few students have been able to identify communities which are interested in providing scholarship support in exchange for agreeing to return to that community to practice (usually primary care medicine) after completion of residency. A program available since 1994 is the Iowa PRIMECARRE Community Scholarship Program. This program can provide scholarships for eligible students of up to $30,000 for third or fourth year medical students for each year of support in exchange for providing full-time primary care service in a community of the state that is a federally designated or governor’s designated health professional shortage area. The student must be a resident of the community or region. Funding for this program is provided with a combination of federal, state and community support.

Addiction Resource Scholarship Essay Contest 

This scholarship requires applicants to write a 1,200 word essay to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of binge drinking on college campuses.  Applicants must be 18 years old, enrolled full time at a post-secondary institution, and pursing a Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate Degree.  The 1st palace winner receives $1,000 and the runner up receives $250.  Applications are due Nov 15.  For information, visit their website.

AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship

These $10,000 scholarships reward current third-year medical students, who are entering their fourth-year of study. The selection of the recipients will be based on academic achievement and financial need. Multiple scholarships, funded by the AMA Foundation, the Audio-Digest Foundation, Johnson F. Hammond, MD Fund, and the Rock Sleyster, MD Fund are awarded. Partial funding for this program is provided by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Applications available: February/March. Nomination materials due in Feb 7. For more information, visit the website at:

Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarship

The Chinese American Physicians Society offers scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each 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 need, community service records and essays. Contact Information: Lawrence Ng, M.D., Executive Director, Chinese American Physicians Society, 101 Callan Avenue, Ste. 401, San Leandro, CA 94577. A PDF version of the application can be downloaded from Application deadline: April 1.

Des Moines Women's Club Liselotte Gurau Memorial Scholarships

$1000 awarded deserving female student in an accredited university pursuing a degree in health related field. Applicant must be a legal resident of Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story or Warren counties in Iowa. Short essay re: biographical information and career aspirations and 3 letters of recommendation must accompany application. Further information available at: Application deadline: January 18

Des Moines Women's Club Lois Dell Memorial Scholarship

$1000 awarded to deserving female student in an accredited university pursuing a degree in any academic field. Applicant must be a legal resident of Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story or Warren counties in Iowa. Short essay re: biographical information and career aspirations and 3 letters of recommendation must accompany application. Further information available at: Application deadline: Jan 18.

Dr. Anita L. Pinc Memorial Scholarship

Up to $1000 in scholarships can be awarded to women attending an accredited medical school with the goal of becoming a medical doctor and the desire to practice within the Quad Cities region of Iowa.  To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants need to be female, enrolled at an accredited medical school, and graduated from a high school in Scott County, Iowa or Rock Island County, Illinois.  These awards are renewable for up to four years and preference is given to applicants that have expressed a desire to practice medicine in the Quad Cities of Iowa.  This scholarship can be renewable for up to four years.  For more information, or to apply for this scholarship, please visit their website.  Applications are due February 15.  

Dr. George and Eunice Tice Scholarship

One $3000 scholarship for students admitted to an accredited medical school who are from the 8 Iowa counties surrounding Mason City (Cerra Gordo county) Application available November – January at Application Deadline: March 2.

Dr. William Walker Memorial Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship administered through Community Foundation of the Ozarks for students who will be entering their final year of medical school in Missouri or Iowa. They must be natural-born US citizens, in the top 15% of their class who are developing superior clinical skills and demonstrating the ability to communicate with patients effectively with empathy. Preference is given to veterans, particularly veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps. Two letters of recommendation from professor/dean required. Download pdf application: Application Deadline: March 8.

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund Scholarship

The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund's scholarship program in an annual, merit-based competition open to civilian federal and postal employees, their spouses and college-age dependents. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and sponsors must have at least three years of service by August of the application year. Additional information and application materials can be found online at Application deadline: March 25.

Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award

Twelve $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to Golden Key members pursuing post-baccalaureate studies. Awards are based on academic achievement, Golden Key involvement and extracurricular activities. Additional information and application materials can be found online at  Application deadline: Most are due December 15, but varies by program.

HENAAC Scholarship

Hispanic students pursuing a degree in science, technology, math, engineering can earn up to $10,000 in scholarships from the HENAAC.  Students must be enrolled full time at an accredited university and have a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA.  They must also demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership, and campus/community activities.  Applications deadline is April 30.  For more information on this scholarship or to complete an application, please visit their web site.

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship (AAMC)

Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States. Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and nominated by the medical school. Applications are due April 1. Visit the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships webpage for more details.

Hoyt Scholarship

A scholarship honoring family members was established by Benjamin Hoyt, MD, who attended the UI College of Medicine for 2 years in the late 1890's. Award amount varies depending on number of applications received, average amount is $2000-$8000 per award. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of submitted CV, financial need, medical school transcripts and reflective essay based on biographical information of founder and his family. Announcement will be sent to CCOM students via email from the CCOM Financial Services office in late spring. Application Deadline: To be announced in email by Financial Services Office

Kaiser Permanente Medical Student Scholarship

Kaiser Permanente recognizes the potential of future physicians and their contributions by offering a total of six $5000 scholarships to fourth year medical students selected for their commitment to and achievement in at least one of two areas: Community Involvement & Leadership, or Population-Based Research. Students must also be interested in seeking a residency in Northern California, and be able to participate in a one month clerkship at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Northern California during their fourth year of medical school. For more information visit: Application Deadline: November 30.

Kathie J Lyman Scholarship

The Polk County Medical Society board, in recognition of our Executive Director, Kathie Lyman's 40 years of service to the doctors of Central Iowa a scholarship fund has been established in her name Two scholarships of $1000 will be awarded.. The criteria for scholarship awards will be based on scholastic achievement and/or financial need. The applicant must be a legal resident of Iowa at the time of applying to medical school and currently attending an accredited medical or osteopathic school in Iowa. Along with the application, a current transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a one to two page essay stating the applicant's reasons for selecting a career in medicine must be submitted. Applications may be downloaded from our website or submitted by using our online form located at Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Polk County Medical Society. 515 288-0172. Application deadline: February 29.

Leopold Schepp Foundation

This scholarship is based on personal character, academic ability (minimum 3.3 on 4.0 GPA scale) and financial need. Maximum annual award is $8,500. There is a two step application process. More information about the scholarship is available online at There is no specific deadline but the cutoff is automatically imposed when a sufficient number of requests have been recieved.  Students should apply early in the year.

Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship recognizes qualified female appliacnts who demonstrate financial need and are committed to women's issues, diversity and social activism. One or two award that range from $1000-$2000 are available annually. Application form must be accompanied by college transcripts, FAFSA , personal statement and 2 letters of reference. More information and the scholarship application are located on their website.  Application deadline: February 1.

Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship

The Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship is sponsored by US Medical Supplies, a leading provider of medical and mobility products. Applicants must be enrolled in a health-care related course of education, and submit a 500-word essay along with their online application that explains who or what inspired them to seek out a career in healthcare. The winner of the scholarship will receive a check for $1,000 to help with tuition and other expenses. For more information, including the full requirements and online application, please visit the Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship information page at: Applications are due June 29.

MENSA Foundation

There are two requirements for applicants:  

The applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.

The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals.

Application open September 15 to January 15.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship

Paul and Daisy Soros are Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists who established their fellowship program for New Americans to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities to assisting young New Americans at a critical point in their education to signal to all Americans that the contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country have been manifold. 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents – are awarded a fellowship each year. At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support. Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years. Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States. Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment; financial need is not a criteria. Application consists of form, 2 essays, CV and supporting documents . Finalists" and will be asked to appear for expense paid interviews in New York City or Los Angeles in January or February each year. Information available at: Application deadline: November 1.

Tylenol Scholarship

The makers of Tylenol award $250,000 - $350,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing health-related studies. Funds will be awarded to at least 170 students in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000. Must be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, have completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational – technical school, Must provide proof of enrollment to a public health/health education, med school, nursing and/or pharmacy degree program with one or more years of school remaining . Past winners are not eligible to apply.  Employees of McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., ISTS, Inc., their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and the families of each are not eligible. For applications and more information, go to: Use access key TYNL. Applications are usually not available until late February each year. Application deadline: June 28.

Career Plans/Specialized Fields

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

This program is designed to provide educational services, leadership training, and funding to reimburse a portion of medical school related debt. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period. Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year of medical school in the fall may apply. The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each. For additional information contact Jane Ireland at, (888) 995-5700 ex: 1249. Or write Pisacano Leadership Foundation, 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Ste 550, Lexington, KY 40511. Applications are available on  their website.   Application deadline: March 1

Gender (Women)

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation

The AAUW offers Selected Professions Fellowships for women in either their third or fourth year of professional study. Awards range from $5000 to $12,000. Applicants should be a US citizen or permanent resident and enrolled full-time in an accredited program. More information and a downloadable application may be found at If you want an application mailed to you, call (319) 337-1716 ext. 60; email:; or write: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 301 ACT Drive, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030. Application deadline: Local branch has rolling deadlines, please contact for due date if interested.

American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Foundation

Scholarships and loans are offered by ABWA through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Fund. The $5,000 - $10,000 Ruth H. Bufton Scholarship is awarded each odd-numbered year. Candidates for special scholarships need not be sponsored by a chapter and information about the scholarship is mailed to designated universities each year. For more information, visit the website: or write ABWA, Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund, c/o American Business Women's Association 11050 Roe Ave., Suite 200 Overland Park, KS. 66211

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA will be awarding four $500 scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on need as well as embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Completed applications, including recommendation letters, are due to by September 30 (First deadline) or December 31  (Second deadline). Applicants will be notified of the panel's decision within 30 days of the application due date.

The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund

Scholarship Guidelines: Scholarship is for a one-time issuance and is not renewable, checks are issued to the educational institution and the recipient and funds are to be used for tuition, books and fees only.  Awards range from $5,000-$10,000

Candidate Eligibility Requirements: Are you a female U.S. citizen? Are you studing at the graduate level? Are you attending a U.S. accredited university or college? Do you currently maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale? Are you studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics?  See their website for more information:   Deadline: May 15

Anne C. Carter Leadership Award

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) honors the memory of Anne C. Carter, MD, with an annual award for outstanding student leadership. The recipient will receive $1000, and the nominating chapter, if applicable, will also receive $500. The annual nomination deadline is October 31. Details can be found at

Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

This fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Must attend school or have a hometown in greater Philadelphia tri-state area. Grant distributions range from $2,000-$8,000 and are administered by a local bank. The money is sent directly to the recipient's school to be used for tuition only. Applications available on Application deadline: May 15.

Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship

The AMA Foundation, in partnership with the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC), is pleased to announce the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship program. Award up to $10,000 research scholarship to a medical student, health professional, or graduate student to study the issues generated by and affecting women in medicine. This program seeks to advance the progress of women in the medical profession, and to strengthen the ability to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students. Applications are due by July 31. To learn more about this opportunity please visit

Leah J. Dickstein MD Award

Sponsored by the Association of Women Psychiatrists, the Leah J. Dickstein award is open to female medical students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, creativity, and leadership in areas such as service, clinical aspects of medicine, research, or excellence in art, music, literature, etc. The recipient is invited to the AWP Annual Meeting to receive the award and present her work. Interested students must be nominated by their medical school by Dean's Office or Office of Women in Medicine.  For more information and an application, visit  Application due March 15.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (World Bank)

Women from developing countries currently residing in the US or Canada who are enrolled in an accredited institution may apply for one of six to ten grants of $12,000 each. Other eligibility criteria include: record of service to women and children in her country; intent to return to a developing country in two years; aged 25 or older at time of application. Information and an application may be found at  Email: Phone: 202-473-8751. Applications available September 15 and due January15.

Wellesley College Scholarships

Two scholarships are available for women medical students. Applications and instructions may be found at

M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship-Applicants may be graduates of any US college and be enrolled in any accredited US medical school. The award amount is a minimum of $9,000 "for the study of medicine with a view to general practice, not psychiatry."

Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship-Available to Wellesley graduates only who are accepted or enrolled in a medical program. Award amount up to $65,000.

For more information, email: or call (781) 283-3525. Send application packets to: Secretary to the Committee on Extramural Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships, Wellesley College, Center for Work and Service, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203. Application deadline: January.

Women in Medicine (WIM) LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships.

4 scholarships of $5000 each for female medical students.  Applicants should be in good academic standing and have actively contributed/demonstrated leadership for the LGBTQ community.  Deadline April 1.  For more information visit


Cultural/Ethnic/Religious Affiliation

Armenian Students Association (ASA) Scholarships

ASA awards many scholarships (e.g., George Holopigian Memorial Fund Scholarship) to eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited university in the US and of Armenian descent. For information and to download applications visit or write: ASA Scholarship Committee, 333 Atlantic Avenue, Warwick RI 02888. Application deadline: March 15.

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship

The Chinese American Medical Society is offering the following scholarships to current medical students of Chinese decent. The society awards 3 to 5 scholarships a year to medical and/or dental students and scientists. These scholarships include the Jeng Family Fund Scholarship, Ruth Liu Memorial Scholarship, and The American Center for Chinese Medical Sciences Scholarship. The society also offers scholarships for medical students working on summer research projects. The research can be basic science or clinical in nature, but must be completed in a ten week time frame. Preferences will be given to proposals studying problems related to health problems of the Chinese. Upon approval, CAMS will pay a student a stipend of up to $400 per week. At the conclusion of the project, a written report is expected. Applications are online through  Application deadline: March 31.

Dr. Lester Chen Memorial Scholarship

Students of Asian descent are eligible to receive the Dr. Lester Chen Memorial Scholarship offered by the Chinese American Physicians Society. 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. To receive an application by mail, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with the request to Lawrence Ng, M.D., Chair, Award Committee, Chinese American Physicians Society, 101 Callan Avenue, Ste 401 San Leandro, CA 94577. An Acrobat version of the application can be downloaded from Application deadline: April 28.

Dr. Rudolph Jaworski Medical Scholarship (RI)

The Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation awards this $1000 scholarship annually to a medical student of Polish-American descent who is a resident of RI and belongs to a RI Polish-American organization. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record, financial need, character, and professional promise. To obtain an application, call the Foundation at 401-831-7177, or write to Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation, 866 Atwells Avenue, Providence RI 02909. Application deadline: March

Hellenic Medical Society of New York

Applicants must be of Greek heritage from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey or Pennsylvania and have completed their first year in an accredited US medical school. Candidates must demonstrate high academic achievement and/or financial need. Download the application from and mail to: Hellenic Medical Society of New York, PO Box 1952, New York, NY 10156 Phone: (718) 398-2449; email: Application deadline: July 31.

International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons (Christian Service Org)

Students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, and medical technolgies are eligible to apply. A student must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, enrolled full-time in a school accredited in the field involved, and located in the U.S. or Canada. Other disciplines should be entering their third year unless they are prepaing for an R.N. degree, application must be for at least the third year of college. R.N. students must have completed the first year of schooling. Pre-med students are not eligible to apply. For those students seeking degrees of M.D. or D.D.S., application must be for at least the second year of medical or dental school. There is no age limit.  Deadline is March 1.  For more information, please visit

Iranian American Scholarship Fund Deadline: June 10

Criteria:Verifiable Iranian heritage

US citizenship OR legal permanent residency with a valid permanent resident card

Enrollment as a full-time Undergraduate (Freshmen not eligible) or Graduate (PhDs not eligible) student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution in the U.S.

Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA

Demonstrated need for financial assistance [must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)]

Demonstrated commitment to community service

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship Program

The JACL offers several scholarships in varying amounts to students pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants must be an active member of the JACL to qualify. Applications are available at the website. For more information contact JACL Scholarship Program Manager Matthew Weisbly at  or write to JACL National Scholarship Awards, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. Application deadline: April 2.

Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)

The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. JMSA offers scholarship funding to medical students who have the potential to contribute to the Japanese-American relationship through the medical field. In choosing scholarship recipients, JMSA also considers students who demonstrate academic excellence and show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America.

Students who are interested in applying for a JMSA scholarship will need to complete the application forms and submit a one-page proposal on how they can make a significant contribution to the Japanese-American relationship. One letter of recommendation is required.  If selected, the student will be asked to present their proposal at the JMSA annual spring dinner in New York City.

For application forms, deadlines and more information please review the JMSA website:

Japanese American Student Medical Scholarship

Applicants must be must be of Japanese ancestry, demonstrate financial need, and be accepted or be enrolled at a U.S. medical school. $2,500 is awarded annually to a first, second or third year medical student. For more information or to request an application, see their website or email  Application deadline: mid January

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Vocational Service Scholarship

Eligible criteria include: must be of the Jewish faith; born or raised in Chicago Metropolitan area or have one continuous year of employment in Cook County/Chicago Metro area prior to starting professional education; intend to practice in Chicago metro area after graduation; full-time enrollment in a professional post-graduate program; career promise in helping profession such as medicine. Personal interviews are required. Go to website to download an application. Contact by email: jvsscholarship@, or phone:(312) 673-3457. Application deadline: February1

Korean American Scholarship Foundation

Scholarships  are awarded annually to Korean-American medical students. Scholarships are organized by region.  Applications and information can be found at Apply – KASF. Q  Application for Iowa and the midwest: June 30.

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident of Polish descent and enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Selection based on academic excellence (GPA requirement of 3.0), interests and motivation, interest in Polish subjects or involvement in the Polish-American community, and financial need. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $7,000. Download the application from , complete and mail to: The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021-6595. For more information, phone at (212) 734-2130, or email Application deadline: January.

Momeni Foundation

The Financial Assistance Scholarship is available to all graduating high school students and current college students of Iranian descent regardless of citizenship or country of residency. All students at undergraduate, graduate or PhD levels may apply.  At least ten scholarships for amounts of $500 to $1000  Deadline: June 30.

National Italian American Foundation

Several scholarships are available to graduate students of Italo-American heritage, ranging from $2,500 to $12,000. Download the Scholarship Handbook at for information on types of grants and other eligibility requirements. Contact: National Italian American Foundation, 1860 19th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009; Email:; Phone: (202)387-0600. Deadline: March 1

New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship

The applicant must be of Hellenic descent and a student member of the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society. Awards will be made based upon academic performance and/or need. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical or dental institution the following academic year. Applicants must have displayed an ongoing interest and commitment to the health field and to Hellenic issues and are required to receive the award in person in Boston in May. Applications are due late March. To request an application or if you have questions please contact Maria Pelidis, MD at Applications can be emailed to mailed to NEHMDS, c/o Ioannis P. Glavas, MD, 9 Newbury Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02116. Deadline: March 15.

Paul and Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust

Applicants must be of Armenian descent or a resident of Kent, Newport or Washington counties in Rhode Island. Eligibility criteria also include financial need, academic merit, and potential to contribute to the United States. For an application, contact: Emma Greene at (617) 434-0329; or write: Bank of America, Trustee, The Paul and Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust, Charitable Assets Division, PO Box 9477, Boston MA 02205, (617) 434-3223. Application deadline: April.

Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to medical and/or dental students with a Turkish-American heritage or ancestry. Deadline:  February 1.


Minorities Underrepresented in Medicine

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of graduate fellowships for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized U. S. tribes. Awards range from $1,000 to 5,000. To be considered for an AIGC fellowship, the applicant must be: Pursuing a post baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S. and; able to demonstrate financial need and; an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one fourth degree federally-recognized Indian blood). Download an application from and mail with required documentation to: American Indian Graduate Center, 4520 Montgomery Blvd., Suite 1B, Albuquerque NM 87109; contact Marveline Vallo at (505) 881-4584 ext. 108 or email at Application deadline: June Crusade Scholarship Program

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2015 Medical Student Diversity Scholarship

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. offers a $2,000.00 scholarship award to a medical student who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or demonstrates the commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The deadline to apply is April 1.

  • Recipient is U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited medical school within the United States.  
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited medical school.

Apply at

Global Ministries-United Methodist Church

Minority students (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native Indian, or Asian) who are active members of the United Methodist Church or those churches with which the UMC has a relationship may apply for scholarships. Award amounts vary with income available from the foundation. For more information, visit website: Request an application by contacting: General Board of Global ministries, United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1470, New York, NY 10115; Phone: 800-862-4246; Email: Application deadline: February

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (College Scholarship Program)

Students in full-time, accredited graduate programs, who are US citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic heritage, with a cumulative grade average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and who have applied for federal aid may apply for scholarships up to $5000 per year. Visit the website for information and an application; phone (877)473-4636; email  Deadline: April 2.

Indian Fellowship Program

Applicants must be American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaskan native. Average award is greater than $8000 per year. Application criteria include financial need, scholastic merit, and likelihood of future service to a Native Indian population. For more information or an application, contact: Office of Indian Education, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2177, Washington DC 20202; Phone: 1-800-872-5327. Visit the website:

Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program

The IHS Health Professions Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native students only, who are enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligations and payback requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding. Download an application from the website: For more information contact: Indian Health Service Scholarship Program, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120,Rockville MD 20852; Phone: (301) 443-6197.  Deadline: late March

Minority Scholars Award (American Medical Association Foundation)

The AMA Foundation selects 12 first and second year medical student recipients for the Minority Scholars Awards, which reward personal commitment and scholastic achievement in the form of tuition assistance to groups defined as "historically underrepresented" in the medical profession. Eligible students of minority background include African Americans/Blacks; Native Americans (including American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives); Mexican Americans; and Mainland Puerto Ricans. Candidates are nominated by their medical school. Questions regarding these scholarships should be directed to the AMA Foundation by emailing or by calling 312-464-4200. Website: Application Deadline: March 3rd.

National Medical Fellowships

The general Need-Based Scholarship Program is offered to first- and second-year medical students. Eligible students are United States citizens from groups currently underrepresented in the medical profession; specifically, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and mainland Puerto Ricans who permanently reside within the 50 U.S. states. Scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need as determined by the student's total resources (including parental and spousal support), cost of education, and receipt of other scholarships and grants. Awards have ranged from $500 to $10,000. For more information and an application, visit their website.

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

The program provides financial support (tuition, fees, and living expenses) for Native Hawaiian students pursuing careers in selected health professions. Eligible applicants are native Hawaiian, US Citizens (proof required), and enrolled or accepted into an accredited MD program. Selection criteria include work experience, academic record, demonstrated interest in primary care, experience and interest in working with native Hawaiian populations in community-based or rural setting. The award comes with a service obligation. Contact information: Native Hawaiian Health Care Program, Division of Programs for Special Populations, Bureau of Primary Health Care, 894 Queens St, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 597-6550 ext 203. email: Information available on their website.  Deadline: April 30

Navajo Nation Graduate Assistance Fellowship

Students enrolled full-time in an accredited medical program who are members of the Navajo Nation may apply for a fellowship. Awards range from $5000 to $10,000 annually. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained to retain the grant. The application may be downloaded on their website.


State Residency Requirement

Ashley Elizabeth Evans Medical School Scholarship (SD)

Sioux Falls Area Commuity Foundation scholarship applications are online at:

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduates of a Sioux Falls area high school or home school program; be admitted to or enrolled in their first year of medical school at an accredited institution in the United States; demonstrate financial need; have participated in school and community activities throughout high school and college; and have demonstrated academic excellence during college by maintaining a 'B' (3.0) or better average. Preference will generally be given to applicants entering their first year of medical school. Award: $3,000; Deadline: August 15

Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship (NH)

The Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship is a renewable scholarship available to financially needy postsecondary students in the fields of nursing, medicine, and social work who are also NH residents. Essay, FAFSA, transcripts and recommendations due mid May. Contact: Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust, 127 Parrott Avenue Protsmouth, NH 03801. Attn: Stephen H. Roberts. Tel: 603-742-1300. Deadline: May 19.

Baltimore City Medical Society Foundation (MD)

Eligible students are permanent residents of Baltimore City, MD, who are enrolled in an accredited medical school. Award amounts vary are based on financial need, academic achievement, and personal qualities of the applicant. For more information and an application, contact: BCMS Foundation, Inc., 1211 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Phone: (410) 625-0022 Visit their website for more information.   Application deadline: June 1.

Charles River District Medical Society Scholarship (MA)

The Charles River District Medical Society Scholarship Program is available to any medical school student enrolled at an approved US institution who is a legal resident of one of the five towns comprising the district: Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, and Weston. Students must apply by December 31 during the second or third year of medical school. The scholarship is awarded for the second year and is renewable for the third year upon re-application and at the discretion of the Committee on Medical Education. Request an application from: Massachusetts Medical Society Northeast Regional Office, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451; For more information, please vist the Massachusetts Medical Society webpage or email Application deadline: December 31.

DuPage Medical Society Foundation Scholarship (IL)

To be eligible for a scholarship grant from the Foundation, students must be enrolled in or accepted for admission to a professional education or training program before applying, and they must exhibit a strong academic background in addition to financial need. The number of scholarships granted varies each year. The average amount of each scholarship is $1000. To find out more information or to apply for the scholarship, please visit their website. Application deadline: April 30.

Edward Banks Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation (MA)

Awards are restricted to residents of Barnstable County, MA, or to those with demonstrable significant ties to Barnstable County. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and are granted on a yearly basis with renewal applications necessary. Applicants who intend to return to Barnstable County and contribute to the health and welfare of county residents will be favored. Academic merit and financial need are also selection criteria. For more information and a downloadable application, visit  Contact: Henry L. Murphy, Jr., 243 South Street, PO Drawer M, Hyannis, MA 02610.  Application deadline: April

Edwards Scholarship Fund (MA)

Eligibility is restricted to Boston residents, who are under the age of 25. Awards range from $250 to $5000. Applicants must attend an accredited medical school and demonstrate with financial need, scholastic ability and good character. Request an application by calling the Fund's office at (617) 426-4434 or writing to: Edwards Scholarship Fund, Ten Post Office Square, South, 12th floor, Boston, MA 02109. Application deadline: March

Elsie B. Moore Scholarship (DE)

The Medical Scholarships will be granted for a four-year course of study at an accredited medical school. Applicants must be a legal resident of the state of Delaware(copy of current Delaware license must accompany application), a newly enrolling first year medical student who has been accepted for admission in the fall of the current year, of good moral character and citizenship and requiring financial assistance. The amount of the grant is determined by the Selection Committee, and is awarded in installments over the four- year period of study. Email for more information. Application deadline: April

Emanuel Sternberger Educational Fund Scholarship (NC)

Students who are legal residents of North Carolina enrolled full time an accredited graduate program may apply for these interest-free loans in the amount of $1,000 for first year and $2,000 in subsequent years, with a cap of $5,000 per individual. Personal interview is required. Loan repayment begins four months after graduation. Application forms are available upon request to: Emanuel Sternberger Educational Fund, PO Box 1735, Greensboro, NC 27402; Phone: (336) 273-2193; email:

Essex South District Medical Society Scholarship (MA)

Scholarships are awarded annually to assist in the medical education of students from an Essex South city or town. For more information, visit contact Michelle Jussaume: phone: (800) 944-5562, email: or Susan Frazier; mail: 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451-1411. Application deadline: January 1.

Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Scholarships (PA)

Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary's Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund Amount: $2,500.  One scholarship will be awarded to a medical student who is a resident of Lehigh County in the state of Pennsylvania. For more information and application materials, please visit their website. Deadline:  September 30

Frank and Louise Groff Foundation (NJ)

Eligibility criteria for these $1,000 renewable awards are: graduation from a public high school in Monmouth County, New Jersey, financial need, admittance and satisfactory progress in an accredited medical school. Obtain information and an application by contacting Susan Rechel, Educational Advisor, Frank and Louise Groff Foundation, 15 Floyd Wycoff Road, Morganville NJ 07751; Phone:(732)536-2738. Application deadline: April 1. Visit for more information.

H. Fletcher Brown Scholarship (DE)

Scholarships will be granted for a course of study leading to a degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O). Applicants must have completed all required preliminary studies and be: a resident of Delaware who was born in Delaware, (birth certificate required); a college senior planning to enter the first year of graduate school; of good moral character; and requiring financial assistance. The amount of the scholarship grant is determined by the Scholarship Committee and is awarded in installments over the course of study. Email for more information. Application deadline: March

Hampden District Medical Society Scholarship (MA)/Max & Ida Millman Scholarship Loan

Student who are residents of Hampden County, MA, enrolled or accepted to an accredited medical school, and in good academic standing may apply for the award of $2,000. Loan is forgivable if returns to Hampden County.  For an application, contact Coni Fedora, Hampden District Medical Society, 1111 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01089-1540; Phone: (413) 736-0661 or Fax (413) 731-8990. Email: hdms@massmed.orgApplication deadline: September

Hampshire District Medical Society Educational Grant (MA)

Eligibility restricted to 3rd and 4th year medical students who have been residents of Hampshire County for 5 consecutive years. Awards are of $2,000 each and recipients are chosen by lottery. Contact: Cathy Salas, MMS West Central Regional Office, 85 Post Office Park, Suite 8518, Wilbraham, MA 01095; Phone (800)522-3112 or Fax (413) 596-9901. Website: Application deadline: April

Horace Smith Fund/Walter S. Barr Fellowships (MA)

At least four awards of $5,000 are made annually to Hampden County, Massachusetts, residents who are selected on the basis of scholastic record, available resources, need and other pertinent information. Applications are available online or by contacting the Horace Smith Fund between September 1 and February 1 for the coming academic year. Applications should be sent to the Executive Secretary, the Horace Smith Fund, 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103. Telephone: (413) 739-4222. Visit for more details. Application deadline: February 1

Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship Fund for Medical Education

Scholarships are awarded yearly by The Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center Board of Directors to provide annual financial aid to one or more needy candidates matriculating in a program for a career degree in the study of medicine, osteopathy, or dentistry. Candidate must have attended to elementary or secondary school in Union, Somerset, or Middlesex County, New Jersey. For more information visit their website Deadline to Apply: May 1

Illinois Hospital Research and Educational Foundation (IL)

Residents of Illinois are eligible for the $1000 scholarships, which are awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited medical school. Academic merit is another primary selection criterion. Instructions and an application may be found at the Foundation's website.  Application deadline: April 15.

James Z. Naurison Scholarship (MA and CT)

For undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire Counties in MA; and Enfield and Suffield, CT. Scholarships are for $1,000 each and may be renewed for all four years of graduate education. Selection process is competitive and based on academic merit and financial need. Applications are accepted after January 1 online at Contact: Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, 1500 Main Street, PO Box 15769, Springfield, MA 01115. Phone: (413) 732-2858 Application deadline: March 31

Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship (AL & FL)

Residents of Alabama and northwest Florida who attend a recognized private medical school (wherever located) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic performance, recommendations, financial need, and the selection committee's evaluation of the applicant's motivation, character, ability, and promise. Special consideration may be given to those applicants who desire to become general practitioners or internists. Scholarships are for one year, and award amounts will vary according to financial need, relative cost of the medical school, and amount of Trust income available for distribution. For more information and for an application, contact Elaine Catoe, Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship Trust, c/o BankTrust, P.O. Box 469, Brewton AL 36427-0469. Phone: 251-431-7800. Application deadline: May

John B. Lowman Scholarship Fund (PA)

Eligible students must be residents of Cambria County and accepted into an accredited medical school. For an application or more information, contact: Cambria County Medical Society, Lowman Scholarship Fund, 1454 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown PA, 15904; Phone: (814) 535-5493; Email: website:

Kelly-Prentiss Scholarship Fund (IN)

Resident of LaPorte County, Indiana, may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship during their fourth year in medical school. To receive information and applications, please contact: Unity Foundation of La Porte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46361, (219) 874-9225. Application deadline: April 1

Kenneth and Bessie Ladeau Trust (VT)

Applicants must be residents of Vermont enrolled in the final two years of medical school, or may be residents of New Hampshire if no Vermont residents qualify. Awards typically range from $300 to $900, and the award is renewable with another application. For more information call 802-463-3303.

Kimball Family Foundation Medical Scholarship (IA)

The South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) announces a scholarship is available from the Kimball Family Foundation. Eligible applicants for this scholarship must be Clarke County, Iowa residents/students who have completed their first year of medical school and are working towards a M.D. or D.O. Contact the SCICF office at 641-217-9105 for more information and to obtain a scholarship application. Applications are due April 1.

Lee C. Van Wagner Scholarship (NY)

$1,000 to $10,000 forgivable loan.  Eligible students are residents of Chenango and Otsego Counties in New York. Scholarship requires a service commitment in these counties. For an application, contact: Kathleen Dyman, Medical Society of the County of Chenango, 4311 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413-5317; Phone: (315) 735-2204; Email: kdyman@medsocieties.comApplication deadline: June

McFarland Medical Trust Grant (IL)

The grant pays room and board, tuition, books and supplies, equipment and other living expenses to medical students who agree to practice as a primary care physician in Havana, IL. For each year of funding, the student is required to work for two years in Havana. Recipients must sign a written contract, and two financially responsible adults must co-sign this contract. Also, they must demonstrate a strong commitment to the Havana, IL, area. Recipients who fail to complete the service obligation must repay all outstanding funds with interest accruing from the disbursement date. For further information contact: Havana National Bank McFarland Medical Trust Grant, 112 South Orange, Havana, IL, 62644

Phone: 309-543-3361, ext. 215.

Medical School Scholarships at Bowdoin College (ME)

  • Garcelon and Merritt Fund
  • Robinson-Davis Fund
  • Peters Medical Education Fund (amounts may be higher)

Eligible students are residents of Maine, with preference given to Bowdoin College graduates. Non-Bowdoin graduates must wait until the second year of medical school to apply. Award amounts vary from $900 to $5000, except for the Peters Fund, where awards may be much higher. For information and an application, go to Application deadline: December 3.

Orazio DiMauro Foundation Scholarship (CT)

The Orazio DiMauro Foundation is accepting applications for a scholarship for students studying engineering or medicine. Eligible students must be a full time student, a resident of the greater Bridgeport CT area (which includes Trumbull, Monroe, Easton, Fairfield, Shelton, and Stratford) and demonstrate financial need. Applications for the scholarship can be obtained from the Orazio DiMauro Foundation at The deadline for the application is April 15. Visit for more information.

Percy W. Wadman Scholarship (MA)

Restricted to medical students with one or both parents/guardians living in Franklin County, Mass, and based on academic merit and financial need. One scholarship of $1,000 to $1,500 is awarded annually. For an application, contact the Franklin District Medical Society, c/o MMS West Central Regional Office, 330 Whitney Avenue, Suite 110, Holyoke, MA 01040; Phone (800) 522-3112 or Fax (413) 534-9944. Email: Application deadline: April 30

Rocco D. LaPenta Medical Scholarship Trust

Rocco D. LaPenta of Walpole N.H. funded this Trust to provide for tuition incurred by eligible students in the study of medicine. Recipients of this $10,000 grant will be selected based upon the merit of the applicant as shown by his or her academic aptitude, achievement, and willingness to contribute to others or the community. Candidates must also have attended secondary schools for at least three years in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Connecticut. Preference is given to candidates from New Hampshire. For more information visit their website. Application deadline: April 14.

Roland Jackson Medical Scholarship (MA)

Eligible students are graduates of either Swampscott or Marblehead High School OR were residents of Swampscott or Marblehead during their high school years, and who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited medical school. Awards amounts are based on factors including indebtedness for undergraduate and graduate education, financial support from parents, and any other factors brought to the committee's attention. For an application and/or information, contact The Reverend Dean Pedersen, Jackson Medical Scholarship Committee, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907; Phone: (781) 592-6081. Application deadline: June

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Medical Scholarship (CA)

Applicants must have attended at least four of the six secondary grade school years at a Santa Barbara County school, and have graduated or will graduate from a Santa Barbara County high school. Applicants must be full-time medical students at an approved US college or university. Areas of study include medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, business, education, and a variety of Masters and PhD programs. Applicants should complete an application online and submit all supporting materials by January 15 and are required to have a personal interview in Santa Barbara in March. Applications are available online at Please call (805) 687-6065 or email with any questions. Application deadline: January.

Scholarship Fund of Tulsa County Medical Society (OK)

Applicants must be a legal resident of Tulsa Metro Area for at least 5 previous years and must be enrolled in a fully accredited medical school.  Amount and number of awards vary annually, and awards are made primarily on basis of financial need with consideration of demonstrated scholastic ability.  For more information, contact TCMS, 5315 South Lewis Street, Tulsa, OK  74105-6539.  Phone: (918)743-6184; Email:  Application deadline: June

Thomas Brown McClelland Trust Scholarship (FL)

Eligibility criteria are: legal residency in Dade County, Florida, for at least the most recent five years; and great potential and promise as a doctor by their abilities as measured by grades, positions held in extracurricular activities and volunteer actions in the community. Applicants must interview with the selection committee in Miami before receiving an award. Scholarship amounts usually range from $1500 to $10,000. Contact Dr. Joseph Davis via email at Information and an application may be found at Application deadline: January 15.

Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund (MA)

Restricted to residents of Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn who have been accepted to an accredited medical school. Awards vary by the year and range from $100 to $4,000. Applicants are judged on the basis of personal character, academic standing, and financial need. For an application and more information, visit  Application deadline: June 1 

Ty Cobb Educational Foundation (GA)

Medical students who are residents of the state of Georgia, with demonstrated financial need and scholastic merit are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Application forms are available mid-March. Contact: The Ty Cobb Educational Foundation, PO Box 937, Sharpsburg, GA 30277; Email :  Visit for more details.Application deadline: June 1.

US Bank: Arthur and Dorren Parrett Scholarship Fund (WA)

Eligible applicants must be a Washington state resident at time of application and must have completed the first year of study in an accredited medical school. Financial need and academic merit are also selection criteria. Ten awards ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 are funded annually. Application forms are available between Feb 1 and July 15 by contacting: US Bank National Assoc., Trustee, Parrett Scholarship Foundation, PD-WA-T21P, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100, Seattle WA 98101-4085. Telephone: (206) 344-5367. Visit their website for more information on this scholarship and deadlines.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VT)

Scholarships administered through VSAC are offered exclusively to Vermont residents. Interested applicants may go to the website for more information. Applications may be requested in writing at: Scholarship Programs, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, PO Box 2000, Champlain Mill, Winooski, VT 05404-2601; Email:

Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Trust (CT)

Eligible students are entering their fourth year of medical school and must be a resident of CT for at least 5 years. Students demonstrating financial need, academic excellence, extracurricular interests and community service will be considered. Trust will provide scholarships for tuition and living expenses within limits of available funds. For an application, visit their website   Application Deadline: April of the applicants third year in medical school. Winners announced July same year.

William F. Grupe Foundation Scholarship (NJ)

Residents of Bergen, Essex, and Hudson counties in New Jersey may apply for these awards. Applicants must also intend to practice medicine in New Jersey. For more information and an application, contact: William F. Grupe Foundation, PO Box 775, Livingston NJ 07039; Phone: (973) 428-1190.

Worcester District Medical Society (MA)

Amount and number of scholarship awards vary annually. Applicant must be a legal resident of Central Massachusetts, in their second, third or fourth year and currently attending an accredited medical school. Other selection criteria include: scholastic achievement, financial need, and community service. See for an application and more information. Phone: (508) 753-1579; Email: Application deadline: July 31