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

Nicholas & Mary Trivillian Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY•College/University: Any•Financial Need: Yes•Renewable: Yes•Specific preferences:(1) Field of study in Medicine or PharmacyGeneral Criteria:·must be a resident of West Virginia·must be a full time student (minimum of 12 Credit Hours)·must demonstrate academic achievement (at least a 2.5 GPA)·minimum score of 20 on the ACT ·must demonstrate good moral character

Ronald D. Roberts Memorial Medical Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid to a deserving medical student in southern Indiana. This scholarship was made available in memory of Dr. Ronald Roberts, a cherished local physician and advocate for providing access to medical education for all students. Each year the scholarship may vary in amount and is currently $4,000. Disbursements are mailed directly to the school. Please check the website for more information.

Osteopathic Legacy Scholarship

The Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s Board of Directors launched a campaign on August 1, 2010 to create a new scholarship at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Osteopathic Legacy Scholarship will be presented annually to a third or fourth year medical student who plans to enter a primary care residency program and is committed to practice in an underserved Oklahoma community.

Michael Moody Fitness

The Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship offers $1,500 to a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the health and fitness related fields. The student may apply and use the money for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael Moody Fitness. The 2017 program will be accepting scholarship applications from August 2nd, 2017 until 1,000 scholarship applications are submitted or July 15th, 2018, whichever comes first. Your scholarship application MUST be one of the first 1,000 submitted by the deadline date.

National Medical Fellowships, Inc.

Privately funded program that seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of health care, particularly to undeserved communities, by increasing the number of underrepresented minority (i.e., African American, Mexican American, Native American, and mainland Puerto Rican) physicians. Efforts focus on encouraging targeted students to pursue careers that promote primary and preventive care, academic medicine and research. The programs support a broad range of need-based and special awards. Distinct special awards and fellowship programs focus on a variety of criteria, including leadership, community service, area of specialization, location of study, and year of study. Application deadlines vary.

Aura E. Severinghaus Award

This endowed award was established in 1975 by Mr. Chauncey Waddell and the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation. It honors the memory of the NMF board member and associate dean emeritus of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. This special award is presented annually to a senior minority student attending Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community service. AWARD One award is presented annually; this honor includes a certificate of merit and $2,000 stipend. (Not renewable)

Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship

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: Physics Biology Engineering Medicine Nursing 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. To Apply 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 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.

William and Charlotte Cadbury Award

The Cadbury Award was established in 1977 by Irving Graef, M.D. and the NMF board of directors to honor the organization's former executive director and staff associate. This award is presented annually to a senior medical student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community service. AWARD: One award is presented annually; the designated Cadbury Scholar is honored during the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award includes a certificate of merit and $2,000 stipend. (Not renewable)

Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship, a grant of $2,500, will be awarded to a junior or senior medical student with a demonstrated interest and involvement in the communication of science. The scholarship recipient will be selected from among nominees proposed by the Deans of AMA approved medical schools, with financial need not being a consideration. Each school may propose one student.

Health Professions Scholarship Program

Must be a student entering the junior year of college who is under the age of 35 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Offered to African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian students. Must be a U.S. citizen attending an AMA, ADA, or AOA accredited medical, dental, or optometry school.

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