Medicine Scholarships

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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Scientist Development Grant

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

Carroll L. Birch Award

The Carroll L. Birch Award, sponsored by the Chicago Branch of the American Medical Women's Association, is presented for the best original research paper written by a woman attending an accredited U.S. medical school or osteopathic medical school and a student member of AMWA. The paper may have been previously published. The recipient of the Award receives a cash prize of $500. An article noting the award winner will appear in one of the association's publications. The award is presented only if there is a deserving manuscript. The papers are blind reviewed; therefore, provide all personal information on the title page; i.e., title, author(s), entrant's name, address, and phone number. The title should appear at the top of the abstract and on the paper itself. An abstract of 250 words or less is required with the submission of the paper. Note: If the entrant is not first author, a cover letter from the principal investigator describing the entrant's contributions to the work must accompany the entry.

Ashley Meleana Joy Scholarship

GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY  Pursuing degree in medical field  Classified student in medical field General criteria for all scholarships: • Must be a classified graduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Full-time status, unless specifically noted • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Arthur M. Miller Fund Scholarship

Scholarship for Kansas residents for the study of medicine or related fields at accredited institutions. Amount Awarded: $500 to $5,000 Duration: 1 year.

The Mrs. Bert Keller Award

Awarded to a freshman or graduate student pursuing a career in medicine.For Jewish students in Greater Cleveland. Awards are available to both full and part-time students. Students are awarded up to a maximum of $4,000 per academic year in the form of loans and grants based on the total applicant pool, total need and total available funds.To be eligible for consideration for aid, a family's income should not exceed $85,000 annually. Exceptions to this rule are made in unique circumstances. Funds are distributed each August for the fall term. Students can apply once a year.

Friends of Rutland Heights Hospital Scholarship

For students enrolled in a course of study leading to certification and employment in direct patient care, preferably in the Worcester area.

The Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Heart Medical Scholarship

The Purpose: To stimulate interest in the study of heart and blood vessel diseases. The Scholarship: Every year one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a medical student. The successful candidate will be eligible for a renewal of the $1,000 award for a second year provided they maintain satisfactory scholastic progress. Renewals will be considered in conjunctions with all new applications. Who Is Eligible: Minnesota Students Only: Medical students currently enrolled in a Minnesota state medical school and working in a curriculum with potential application to patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessel system are eligible. How the Scholars Are Selected: Scholars will be chosen on merit by an American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Committee of medical and/or scientific professionals. How Candidates Apply: Candidates must submit the appropriate form and complete all requirements. Applications must be fully completed to receive consideration. Where to Apply: For further information and application forms, please visit

SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship

Description: The SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship, sponsored by Nihon Medi-Physics Co., LTD, is a one or two-year fellowship in the United States and Canada for Japanese physicians in the early stages of their careers. The purpose of the program is to provide experience and training in nuclear medicine/molecular imaging modalities in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and oncology. The program is expected to advance Fellows' research and clinical expertise, as well as facilitate professional development, and to equip them to make significant contributions to the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in Japan. An annual stipend of $24,000 U.S. dollars will be paid in three installments to the fellow(s). Requirements Applicants must be permanent residents of Japan and must have received their Japanese MD license no more than fifteen (15) years from the time of application. All applications must be completed on-line by the application deadline, 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on January 31, 2011. In addition, two (2) letters of support are required, one from the applicant's supervisor or mentor in Japan, and the other from an independent, qualified source from the applicant's institution. If the host institution in the United States or Canada has already been identified, one of the support letters should come from the host supervisor or mentor (see section III). Progress and final annual reports will be required of selected fellows before subsequent stipend payments are issued.

National Medical Association (NMA) Special Awards Program

The National Medical Association is sponsoring three special award programs that recognize and reward African-American/black medical students for special achievements, academic excellence, leadership and potential for significant contributions to medicine.

Anil and Neema Thakrar Family Fund

The Anil and Neema Thakrar Family Fund is an endowment fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This scholarship will be used to assist students for the study of a medical related discipline attending a school in Dauphin, Cumberland or Perry Counties.Selection criteria:Scholarship applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:1. Students must attend college for the study of a medical related discipline2. Leadership/Community Service3. Character4. Academic performance with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale5. An essay on the following topic: “My biggest life challenge and what I learned from the experience.”6. Financial need

Medical Student Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:1. Must be a medical student in good standing at a recognized School of Medicine within the UnitedStates.2. Must show evidence of financial need.3. Preference will be given to local applicants (Yuba City north to the Oregon border)The North Valley Health Education Foundation is committed to supporting medical students who arefrom the north state and could potentially return to the area to practice medicine. Between four and eight$2,500 scholarships will be awarded. The number of scholarships and amounts can vary from year toyear.

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