Scholarships for medical students
Are you a medical school student in search for scholarship money? Fortunately, there are plenty of scholarships for medical students, but it takes plenty of digging around, and time to actually land one for yourself. Additionally, it takes resourcefulness to keep those loans at bay, and replace them for scholarships, which you do not have to pay back.
The first think you’ll need to do is talk to your financial aid office and ask about available and upcoming scholarships for medical students at your school. At UCSF, the financial aid office sends periodic emails to each medical school class regarding upcoming scholarship deadlines. Ask to have a similar system set up at your school if it is not already in place.
The second thing you should do is to talk to upperclassmen. Some of them applied for scholarships and actually got them. Indeed, they are your best source of information. Unfortunately, they won’t bring it up unless you ask.
Third, go to your deans office and get information about national scholarships that they nominate their students for. Maybe they’ll keep you in mind when that specific scholarship comes up next time.
The National Medical Foundation offers 3 kinds of scholarships: The need-based scholarships are offered to first and second year medical students; their merit-based awards are offered to outstanding minority medical students, and their experienced-based fellowship programs provide hands-on experience in delivering care to underrepresented communities.
The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) is a military program offered through the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. It is an option for medical students with an interest in joining the military.
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation offers plenty of scholarships for medical students. This includes the Minority Scholars Award and the Physicians of Tomorrow awards.
If you’re interested in service, try the The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers a scholarship program. They pay for all medical school medical school expenses.
If you are interested in a specific specialty, talking to the specialty advisor at your school about medical student scholarships offered to students interested in that scholarship is a good idea.
If you belong to an organization like the Student National Medical Association or American Medical Student Association, go to their website and find out about available scholarships.
Other websites you might want to look into is a website that lists a host of medical student scholarships and internships, the National Institutes of Health, American Medical Student Association, and AMA Medical Student Section.
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