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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R&D Systems Scholarship

R&D Systems is proud to support education in science with a scholarship program established to students who are pursuing a degree in a science related field. The R&D Systems Scholarship Program will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program

Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science. The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Eligible Applicants You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia. Eligible Disciplines Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of medicine osteopathic medicine dentistry optometry pharmacy podiatric medicine veterinary medicine nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree) public health chiropractic allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians) graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy) programs providing training of physician assistants

Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship

The Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship provides one (1) grant of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student who is blind or visually impaired pursuing a degree in engineering, computer, physical, or life sciences. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Written documentation of a visual impairment from an ophtalmologist or optometrist. Applicant need not be legally blind. 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

Chiyoko and Thomas Shimazaki Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This award is given to a student planning a career in the medical field.

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.

Janet M. Glasgow Essay Award

The Janet M. Glasgow Essay Award is presented to a woman medical student attending an accredited medical or osteopathic medical school and who is a student member of AMWA. It is presented for the best essay of approximately 1,000 words identifying a woman physician who has been a significant role model and mentor. The author of the winning essay receives $1,000 and a plaque presented at AMWA's annual meeting.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact with any questions.

Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program

To be considered for an IMGIP Fellowship, an applicant must be: (1) a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; (2) an African American, Hispanic, or Native American; (3) the recipient of an earned baccalaureate degree; and, (4) accepted for admission to a doctoral program in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Each recipient is awarded an annual stipend of $13,500; an allowance of $1,500 for books, supplies, equipment and travel; and an institutional scholarship that will cover tuition and fees. The Award is renewable for up to a maximum of three (3) years. Upon completion of the degree, and acceptance of appropriate employment, recipients are eligible to receive a $15,000 placement incentive. Award recipients must be enrolled for graduate study during each semester the Award is held and be registered for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours for Fall and Spring, and three (3) for Summer. While on an IMGIP Award, students may not hold other appointments either inside or outside the University. Also, upon degree completion, awardees must agree to seek and accept a full-time faculty appointment at an Illinois institution of higher learning for a period equal to the number of years of the Award. Recipients failing to fulfill the conditions of the Award are required to repay twenty (20) percent of the total Award.

E. Eugene Waide, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Waide in his memory. Eligibility: 
• Graduating senior from Ochiltree, Hansford, Lipscomb, Hutchinson, Roberts or Hemphill counties 
• Pursue a career as LVN, BSN (junior or senior), MSN, or medical school
 • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Nursing or medical related field at college/university of choice Application
 • AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection 
• Local Scholarship Screening Committee Scholarship Amount
 • $1,000
 • One time award

Otological Research Fellowship

The Deafness Research Foundation's Otological Research Fellowship will be sponsored by a Department of Otolaryngology conducting otological research. Where a unique opportunity exists in a related discipline, the fellowship may be conducted in that discipline while maintaining liaison with the Department of Otolaryngology. Examples of such related disciplines might include Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology or Basic Immunology. The Fellowship would be for a period of one year and be funded in the amount of $11,500, plus up to $3,500 for animals and consumable supplies. The Fellowship would be scheduled as a one-year block of time at the end of the third year of medical school - thus requiring a one-year leave of absence from the medical school curriculum and assurance that the student will have a place in the fourth-year class at the conclusion of the year of research.

AstraZeneca Asthma Research Award

* Applicant must be a fellow-in-training, resident, or post-doctoral scholar associated with an approved allergy and immunology training program approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. * Applicant must be a AAAAI member or have submitted an application for membership by the time of application receipt. * Applicants who are themselves enrolled as a trainee in an approved training program as part of their training for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology or Clinical and Laboratory Immunology will be given preferential consideration. * Applicants with faculty status will not be considered. * Past AAAAI research award recipients are not eligible. All applicants will be reviewed by the Grant Review Committee. All applicants will be reviewed for past accomplishments, the quality of the research outline, and the importance and relevance of the planned research.

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