The academic field of medicine is not technically a college major. Instead, med school is something you attend after you've obtained your undergraduate degree. If you are planning on going to med school, you can major in anything that interest you at the bachelor's level.
Of course, some majors make more sense than others if you're planning on attending med school. Any field of study that encourages critical reading, thinking and writing skills would be good. There are courses that you'll need to apply to med school, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and English. And there's the traditional premedicine degree path.
Premed is not essential to getting into med school. But some students find it advantageous in that it provides you with an exposure to the math and science courses that you'll need to continue your studies. Another advantage to premed is that you'll meet teachers who can then function as advisers for you on the med school selection and application process.
If you are planning on studying medicine, be prepared for a long and challenging experience. All of the process is competitive, even the admission process. But, if you're committed and passionate about medicine, then the career can be very fulfilling. It offers opportunities for actually making a difference that can be found in few other disciplines.
Medical school degree programs come in all sorts of formats. There are 7-year programs that combine bachelor's level study with a med school program. A larger number of programs are of the 4-year variety and require a bachelor's degree to apply. You'll also need letters of recommendation and competitive scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Not all of the scholarships listed here are for individuals attending med school. There are also scholarship opportunities for technical fields, such as medical office computer specialist or medical radiologic technician. Some scholarships may be open to applicants from a wide range of medical fields, including nursing.
The career outlook for physicians and surgeons is quite strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that career opportunities for these professions is expected to increase by 24% over the coming decade. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. This increase will be fueled, in part, by the growing percentage of the elderly portion of the population.
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This grant is designed to support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence; bridges the gap between completion of research training and readiness for competition as an independent investigator. - 4-year project and salary support for MD's, PhD's, DO's or persons with equivalent doctoral degrees - U.S. citizen or permanent resident - $65,000 annually for salary, fringe benefits, indirect costs, and project costs (at least $35,000 for project support) - Applications may be submitted for reveiw in final year of postdoctoral research fellowship or in initial years of first faculty appointment - Applicants cannot hold or have held any other national award
These awards, created in 1982 and funded by Fenwal, Inc., recognize individuals who are enrolled, accepted for enrollment in, or who have recently completed training (within12 months) leading to SBB certification from an AABB-accredited institution. Recipients will receive a $1,500 honorarium. (The AABB-Fenwal SBB Scholarship Awards are presented annually as distinguished candidates are identified.)
The Frank and Louise Groff Foundation was created to assist students to become Registered Nurses or Medical Doctors by providing needed financial assistance for them to be able to pursue a career in medicine. This Foundation was established in 1970 under a provision of the Will of the late Louise Darby Groff who as a nurse recognized the great physical, moral, and spiritual benefits she received from her professional training.
Awards will be made at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. However, as mandated by the Groff Will, scholarships are limited to those students who have graduated from a public high school within Monmouth County, New Jersey. These scholarships are renewable for four years.
Recipients are chosen:
On the basis of demonstrated financial need
On the basis of their high school records, recommendations and sincere interest in programs leading to certification as a Registered Nurse, a BSN, or as a Medical Doctor
On the basis of being admitted to and maintaining satisfactory progress in a nursing program or medical school
This research fellowship was created in 1997 with grant support from the Gerber Companies Foundation. The fellowship provides supplemental support for a minority medical student or resident doing ongoing research in the area of pediatric nutrition. AWARDS: One $3,000 fellowship is awarded annually. (Not renewable)
Eligible Majors: Pre-Medicine Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Established by Mr. Harry Jaecker, this scholarship is for premedical students who attend a UNCF member college or university. Donor/Sponsor Name: Mrs. Harry C. Jaecker
SpecPro Scholarship at $10,000 per year & potentially renewable for up to 4 _ years. The foundation awards college and vocational scholarships to Alaska Native shareholders of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Established to provide an opportunity for higher education and career development and to encourage interest in careers relevant to SpecPro company technical and management fields. Eligibility Requirements: *BBNC shareholder *entering freshman enrolled at an accredited college or university *full time/degree seeking student with an engineering, environmental, marketing, management, information technology, life science or other appropriate field of study *cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better.
Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate DoctoralMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Pre-Medicine, Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnical, Biomedical Research, Health, Medicine, Comp Biology, Animal Science, Chemical EngineeringEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:This $20 million, 10-year program is dedicated to expanding the pool of African American biomedical scientists. Students must be undergraduate juniors (3.3 GPA), graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows majoring in the life or physical sciences. Donor/Sponsor Name: Merck Company Foundation
The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation
research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:
Psychosocial lung health research
Behavioral lung health research
Health services and health policy research
Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research
Public Health education research
Education and Experience
At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply.
At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the
following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker
in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians
in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung
Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the
award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution.
Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to:
American Lung Association
21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
ATTN: Research Division
Scholarship awards to individuals who receive a Bachelors degree and desire to obtain a Masters degree or a Doctorate in the fields of engineering, physical science, medical science or business. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, unmarried, have no dependents, and their GPA during their entire undergraduate studies there would place them in the upper ten percent of their graduating class. Applications accepted only from students residing in the southwestern U.S. who are citizens and who are not married. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter or telephone
This scholarship program was established by NMF's board in 1978, and permanently endowed by the Irving Graef Medical Fund in 1980 to honor the memory of one of NMF's most active board members. Dr. Graef served as chairman, assistant treasurer and secretary of the board of directors. He was also associate professor of clinical medicine at New York University School of Medicine. This two-year scholarship is presented annually to a third-year student and recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community service. The scholarship is renewable in the fourth year if the award winner continues in good academic standing. AWARD: One new scholarship is awarded annually; this honor includes a certificate of merit and annual stipend of $2,000. (Renewable)
Astanza is committed to supporting those who aspire to be the next generation of technology innovators and medical providers. The Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to students pursuing education in:
Other natural or applied science fields
The scholarship will only be awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 that are enrolling in an accredited college in the upcoming fall. The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,500 that may be used for tuition, books, and other education-related expenses.
Application for the Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship is completely electronic. ALL of the following materials must be submitted for a scholarship candidate to be considered:
Completed application form (available for download - see website)
Scanned acceptance letter to accredited college/university
Scanned recent transcript (either from high school or college)
To apply, send one (1) email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all of the above materials attached. In the email text, write a cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this scholarship and why you are pursuing an education in your field of choice.
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