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External Scholarships Opportunities

With the rising cost of a medical education, we are always on the look out for scholarships to assist you in meeting those costs. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has compiled a directory in an effort to help you locate outside scholarships. This information has been compiled from financial aid directories and announcements sent to the Med School. Please note that this listing is by no means complete. Many more scholarships are available, but the list is too extensive. Instead we have selected the scholarships which would be applicable to many of our students.

Deadlines change annually. Use the provided contact information to verify application deadlines.

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Graduate Fellowships

Alpha Lambda Delta offers 23 Graduate Fellowships each year, ranging in value from $3,000 to $7,500. Scholarships available to members only.

American Association of University Women

American Fellowships

Supports women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered.

International Fellowships

Are awarded for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Supplemental grants support community-based projects in the fellow's home country.

AAUW Educational Foundation
Dept. 60
301 ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030

319.337.1716 ext. 60

American Medical Association

Minority Scholars Award 
$10,000 scholarships for first and second-year medical students from historically underrepresented groups in the medical profession.

Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships 
$10,000 scholarships for rising fourth-year medical students, based on academic excellence and financial need.

Scholars Fund 
Scholarship assistance for medical schools across the country.

Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship 
A $5,000 scholarship for a medical student who graduated from a high school in Southeast Alaska.

Scholarship Recipient Quotes and Pictures 
Learn how AMA Foundation scholarships have had an impact on medical students.

Frequently Asked Questions 
For medical students interested in applying for AMA Foundation scholarship opportunities.

AMA Medical Student Section resources for financing medical school 

General application instructions:

By February of each year, the AMA Foundation will send a detailed packet of scholarship information to each medical school's office of the dean, student affairs, multicultural affairs and financial aid. It is through one of these offices that you can receive nomination and application information. For the Minority Scholars Award, the Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships and the Scholars Fund, the office of the dean or dean's designate must select you for these opportunities; you can not apply for assistance directly to the AMA Foundation. Please note all deadlines for any Foundation scholarship or grant application are “arrive by” deadlines. This means that if you mail us your application, the materials must arrive at the AMA Foundation headquarters on or before that date.

If you have questions about AMA Foundation scholarship opportunities, please contact:

Dina Lindenberg
Program Officer
(312) 464-4193

American Medical Women's Association

Anne C. Carter Student Leadership Award

AMWAhonors the memory of Anne C. Carter, MD, with an annual $1,500 award for outstanding student leadership.The annual nomination deadline is October 31st.

Carroll L. Birch Award

The Carroll L. Birch Award, of $1,000, sponsored by the Chicago Branch of AMWA, is presented for the best original research paper written by an AMWA student member. The annual application deadline is June 30th.

Glasgow-Rubin Student Achievement Certificates

The Glasgow-Rubin Essay Award, in the amount of $1,000, is presented to a medical student for the best essay about a mentor. The annual application deadline is May 31st.

AWHS Overseas Assistance Grants

Applications for AWHS Overseas Assistance Grants are temporarily suspended, as we have expended current funding. As more funds become available for this program, we will post a notice requesting applications.Please check back often and thank you for your interest in our AWHS programs.

American Medical Women's Association
100 North 20th Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

215.320.3716 or 866.564.2483

Baltimore City Medical Society Foundation

Scholarships available to Baltimore City residents who lived in Baltimore City for at least 3 years while attending high school. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, and personal qualities.

Baltimore City Medical Society
1211 Cathedral Street
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201


Walter S. Barr Fellowships

Applicants must be residents of Hampden County, MA.

The Horace Smith Fund
1441 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

George Benes Scholarship

One year scholarships available to gay and lesbian students in medical school. Awards are approximately $4,000.

The Philadelphia Foundation
George Benes, MD Scholarship
1234 Market Street
Suite 1800
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Chinese American Medical Society

Since 1973, the society has awarded 3 to 5 scholarships a year to medical and/or dental students of Chinese descent.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Offers approximately 10 scholarships to students of Spanish descent to attend a graduate level academic institution.  Awards are approximately $5,000.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
911 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002


The Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians

Joseph and Roberta Czarsty Endowment Fund  

All medical students who have completed at least one year of medical school are eligible to apply. Preference is given to residents of Connecticut. Recipients who establish family practices are not required to repay student loan. Other students must repay the loan without interest within 5 years of completion of residency. Deadline: June 1

Hartford County Medical Foundation Medical Memorial Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $2,000 are awarded to residents of Hartford County who prove financial need and are enrolled in a medically related field of study at an accredited school. Deadline: June 1

Nolan Scholarship

Established by the late Anna Nolan to help defray medical school expenses for male students from Middlesex County, Connecticut.  Deadline: June 1

Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship

Administrated by the Waterbury Medical Association. General Information: Scholarships are granted upon application to those third-year students entering their fourth year of medical school who seem to best satisfy the requirements of the Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Trust Fund.  Deadline: April 30

Windham County Medical Association

Grants are available to Windham County, Connecticut students attending medical school in the U.S. or Canada. Deadline: April 15

The Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians
One Regency Drive
P.O. Box 30
Bloomfield, CT 06002

860.243.3977 → Student Corner

Daughters of the American Revolution

All applicants must be citizens of the United States and attend an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must obtain a letter of sponsorship from their local DAR chapter.

Doctor Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship

Must be a resident of Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, or Woburn, MA. Award range from $500 - $4,000. Candidates judged on character, scholastic standing, and financial need.  Deadline: June1

The Doctor Thomas P. and Edwina H Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund
c/o Josephine Devlin
34 Pleasant Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

William E. Dochterman Medical Student Scholarship Fund

Applicant must be a graduate of a high school in Sacramento, El Dorado, or Yolo Counties in CA.  Deadline: July 1

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
5380 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 9581-2396


Fresno County Medical Society Foundation

Applicants must be residents of Fresno or Madera County for at least one year. Financial need and high academic performance are also requirements. For incoming and current medical students. Award of up to $1,500.

Fresno Madera Medical Society Foundation
P.O. Box 28337
Fresno, CA 93729-8337

559.224.4224 ext. 12

Golden Key Honor Society (Golden Key Scholar Award)

Golden Key believes in rewarding its members for their academic, leadership and service excellence. To this end, the organization maintains 17 different scholarship programs available exclusively to members.


William Goldman Foundation Scholarship

Based on financial need and academic achievement. Must be a student in the Philadelphia area.

William Goldman Foundation
425 South 15th Street
Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellowship Program

The Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program (GPSFP) is one of ten such programs in the nation, based on Albert Schweitzer's philosophy of Reverence for Life, which challenges students to act on their idealism by serving needy individuals and communities. This one-year interdisciplinary fellowship program is focused on community service, leadership development, and reflection, and serves as the entry year in becoming a Fellow For Life. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000 during the course of the Fellowship year.

Nicole M. Cobb, M.A.O.M.
Program Director
Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program
1015 Walnut Street
Suite 115 Curtis Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107
T: (215) 955-9995 F: (215) 923-7583

Frank & Louise Groff Scholarship

Students who graduated from a public high school in Monmouth County, NJ, and are pursuing their MD degree.

Frank & Louise Groff Scholarship
Mrs. Susan Rechel
Attn: Groff Foundation
15 Floyd Wycoff Road
Morganville, NJ 07751

732.842.8000 ext. 213    

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarship

Available to students of Greek decent who are permanent residents of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in PA and Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties in NJ. Awards range from $1,500 - $5,000.

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarship Chairman
P.O. Box 408
Ardmore, PA 19003


Mark B. Holzman Scholarship

Available to residents of DE with financial need and academic achievement. Max award is $2,000.

Wilmington Trust
Attn: Deanne Welsh
9 South Dupont Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947


Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Numerous grant and fellowship opportunities available. View the Howard Hughes website for detailed information.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Office of Grants and Special Programs
4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789


International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons

Up to $1,000 scholarships awarded to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year medical students.

Health Careers Department
Health Careers Scholarship Department
P. O. Box 1040
Chautauqua, NY 14722-1040

Japanese Medical Society

Awards range $2,500 up to $20,000

The JMSA looks for candidates who:

1.demonstrate academic excellence a strong interest in the JMSA and achieving its goals
3. propose a clear, achievable project that will benefit the JMSA and the Japanese community

Japanese Medical Society
100 Park Avenue, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10017


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

The fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Grants range from $2,000 - $8,000.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
2100 Arch Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Lancaster City and County Medical Society

Lancaster Medical Society Foundation grants scholarships to students from Lancaster County planning to go to medical school who show financial need.

The number of scholarships and the amount of the scholarships to be granted will be determined by the availability of funds - minimum amount $6,000.

Lancaster City and County Medical Society
137 E. Walnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17602


Madison County Medical Society

Scholarships available to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students whose legal residence is Madison County, AL. Awards are based strictly on academics.

Madison County Medical Society
Scholarship Committee
220 Rhett Avenue
Suite B
Huntsville, Al 35801


The Thomas Brown McClelland Trust Scholarship

Limited to legal residence in Miami, Dade County, FL, for at least 5 years prior to application.

Rotary Club of Miami
Scholarship Coordinator
269 Giralda Avenue
Suite 302
Coral Gables, Fl 33134


National Health Service Corps

Student should be committed to primary care practice in under served areas in the US. For each year of funding, scholar incurs 1 year of services. Minimum service is 2 years.

National Health Service Corps
Scholarship Program
2070 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 450
Vienna, VA 22182-2536


National Italian American Foundation

Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study-open.

National Medical Fellowships

Awards for financially needy minority students.


Deadline: March 15 (apply online)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

GE-NMF scholars must be a graduate of or enrolled in:

  • Medicine (current and rising 2nd and 3rd year medical students)

2012 scholarships will be awarded to thirty medical students and eight nursing or physician assistant students graduates. The scholarship stipend is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the program.

In addition to students who can apply, nominations are also invited from academic advisors. Each completed application must be accompanied by:

  • A letter of nomination that explains the candidate’s academic and leadership accomplishments
  • An official academic transcript, including financial aid information
  • Curriculum vitae and biosketch
  • A personal essay in which the student discusses motivation to serve underserved communities and commitment to primary care or public health

The Aetna/NMF Healthcare Leadership Program

Deadline: August 31 (apply online)

Program Highlights:

• Seeks medical students who have experience in health leadership activities

• $5,000 scholarship for 2nd and 3rd students in medical school in Aetna-targeted region

• Scholars must attend one NMF’s 65th Anniversary Gala

• Scholars invited into the distinguished NMF alumni network for mentoring and collegial interaction Application Form

Need-Based Scholarship Programs

Apply Online! starting May, 2012

The core program of NMF is the Need-based Scholarships. Offered primarily to first- and second-year U.S. medical students, these scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need. NMF scholarships are increasingly important due to escalating cost of medical school and spiraling student debt. The Need-Based Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to United States citizens from groups currently under represented in the medical profession; specifically, African-Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Native Americans, Vietnamese, and Cambodians.

NMF Emergency Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Can apply ongoing basis throughout the academic year

National Medical Fellowships is pleased to announce a new initiative: the NMF Emergency Scholarship Fund (ESF), supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

This innovative fund provides a quick response to address 3rd and 4th year underrepresented minority medical school students’ need for immediate, emergency funding. The funds can be used to pay tuition or living expenses, depending on need and approval of the ESP Advisory Committee. NMF adheres to the AAMC definition of underrepresented minority students and targets: African American, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives and Asian Americans (restricted to Vietnamese and Cambodian).

Emergency scholarships are non-renewable scholarships and can range up to $20,000. Generally, it is expected that scholarships will be $10,000 - $20,000. Qualified applicants must provide two essays, one explaining their financial circumstances and the other their interest in a career in medicine and all documents supporting their financial status. All student applications must be submitted by the medical school accompanied by a letter of support from the Financial Aid Director. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year.  Since this scholarship is meant as a quick response to unusual circumstances, NMF seeks to rule on the award within 15 business days of receipt of all required information.

For application material, information and other scholarship opportunities please send us and email at:

National Medical Fellowships
347 Fifth Ave. Ste., 510
New York, NY 10016

Tel: 212.483.8880
Fax: 212.483.8897                                            

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New Jersey State Federation of Women's Club

$1,000 fellowship available for a female resident of NJ. Based on scholastic achievement, career service potential, and financial need.

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Pennsylvania Medical Society Loan

Administersmultiple scholarships, the scholarships are available to Pennsylvania residents attending medical school. Several of the scholarships have an application deadline of September 30

Allegheny County Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Terms: Awarded to full-time medical students attending a Pennsylvania medical school as a 3rd or 4th year student.  Additionally, applicants must be a resident of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland County. 

Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent

Award: $2,000

Terms: Awarded to a medical student South Asian Indian heritage.  Applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident enrolled full-time as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year student at a Pennsylvania medical school. 

Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Terms: Awarded to full-time medical students who are residents of Lycoming County. 

Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD, Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Terms: Awarded to a full-time student attending their first year of medical school.  Additionally, the applicant must be a resident of Lehigh, Berks, or Northampton County.

PMS Loan

Permanent PA residents with financial need. Average award $3,000 - $5,000.

Effective July 1, 2009, the rates are as follows:

Loan Status Interest Rate Calculation Method Period Covered
School 2.16% 91-day T-bill + 2% (not to exceed 6%) 2009-10 AY; fixed through June 30 of student's expected graduation date. Interest does not capitalize until repayment.
Deferment 2.16% 91-day T-bill + 2% (not to exceed 6%) July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. Unpaid deferment interest will compound each July 1.
Repayment 2.66% 91-day T-bill + 2.5% (not to exceed 8.25%) Fixed for term of repayment (up to 10 yrs) on loans entering repaymant July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

Pennsylvania Medical Society
777 East Park Drive
P.O. Box 8520
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820


Pine Family Foundation

Applicants for scholarships must engage in research towards the cure of AIDS and Alzheimer's. Awards range from $500 - $2,500, possibility for renewal. Applicants for grants must conduct research on Alzheimer's or AIDS. Awards range from $5,000 - $10,000.

The Pine Family Foundation
Sharron P. Catledge
1000 Jojo Road
Pensacola, FL 32514


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Graduate Fellowship Program)

Scholarships available to members.


Pisacano Leadership Foundation

Awarded to outstanding medical students. Applicants must be entering their 4th year of medical school and make a commitment to Family Practice. Designed to reimburse medical school debt incurred by the conclusion of the required 3 year residency. Average value approximately $28,000.

Pisacano Leadership Foundation
2228 Young Drive
Lexington, KY 40505


Presbyterian Church USA

Awards of $500 - $1,500 per year available to full time medical students. Applicant must be a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), citizen or permanent US resident, demonstrate financial need, recommended by academic advisor and their church pastor.

Office of Financial Aid for Studies
Presbyterian Church USA
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396

888.728.7228 ext 5776

Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship

Eligible applicants must be residents of Alabama and northwest Florida.

Joanna F Reed Medical Scholarship
c/o South Alabama Trust Company
P.O. Box 469
Brewton, AL 36427-0469


Saginaw County Medical Society

Applicant must be a resident of Saginaw County, MI, and eligible for financial assistance.

Saginaw County Medical Society
350 St. Andrews Road
Suite 242
Saginaw, MI 48603

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Must have graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County. Personal interview in CA is required.

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 3620
Santa Barbara, CA 93130


Myrtle Siegfried, MD & Michael Vigilante, MD, Scholarship

Applicant must be a resident of Berks, Lehigh, or Northampton County entering 1st year of medical school. Award is $1,000.

Myrtle Siegfried, MD, & Michael Vigilante, MD, Scholarship Fund
c/o The Foundation of Pennsylvania Medical Society
777 East Park Drive
P.O. Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820


Sigma Chi Foundation

Grants to worthy Sigma Chi medical students.

Sigma Chi Foundation
Director of Education
1714 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019


State Loan Forgiveness Programs

Marian J. Wettrick

Scholarships available to female students who graduated from a PA college. Applicant must be interested in practicing rural medicine in north central PA. Award varies, up to $10,000.

Marian J. Wettrick Charitable Fund
c/o Citizens Trust Company
Trust Department
10 North Main Street
P.O. Box 229
Coudersport, PA 16915-0229

Worcester District Medical Society Scholarship

Applicant must be a resident of central MA who exhibits scholastic achievement, financial need, and community service.

Scholarship Fun of the Worcester District Medical Society
321 Main Street
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA 01608

Vietnamese Medical Association of the USA

Applicant must be a 3rd year medical student with financial need and demonstrate a strong interest in serving Vietnamese communities in the US after graduation.

Vietnamese Medical Association of USA
6255 University Avenue
Suite A-2
Sand Diego, CA 92115


Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship

Awarded to minority students who show promise in medical research, cardiology, and academic medicine. Must promote health in African American community, must participate in research and other extra-curricular activities, and prove leadership skills. Awards are $1,000.

Association of Black Cardiologists
6849-B2 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30328




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