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Pre-Medical Quick Guide


Aetna/NMF Healthcare Leadership Program

The Aetna Foundation and National Medical Fellowships, Inc. are pleased to announce a new Healthcare Leadership Program to help address the severe national shortage of physician-leaders who are committed to the health of underserved communities. This program will provide a $5,000 scholarship to each of 10 2nd and 3rd year medical students from underrepresented minority groups with a commitment to serving medically underserved communities. Awardees will have demonstrated evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers.

Anne C. Carter Leadership Award

AMWA honors the memory of Anne C. Carter, MD, with an annual award for outstanding student leadership. The recipient will receive $1000, and the nominating chapter, if applicable, will also receive $1000.

Association of Schools for the Allied Health Professions Scholarship of Excellence Award

Purpose: The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools. The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue PhD’s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, clinical psychologist or physician assistant, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can provide tuition assistance for up to four years of school (two years for PA masters degree) and provide you with a monthly stipend paid directly to you of $2060.In addition, all professional school required fees and expenses, books and equipment are paid by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $200,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer.

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship in November of the year the scholarships are awarded.

HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (Dept of Health & Human Services)

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students funds are allocated by formula to all eligible applicants – accredited health professions schools with a proven track record of graduating students from disadvantaged backgrounds. More than 60 percent of students receiving the scholarship are under-represented minorities. Scholarship recipients practice their professions in underserved communities at rates two to three times the national average.

Indian Health Services Health Professions Scholarship

The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, required fees and other educational and living expenses for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally recognized Tribes only) applying to, accepted by or enrolled in health and allied health professions programs. Students incur service obligations and payback requirements on acceptance of their scholarship award. Priority is given to graduate students and junior- and senior-level students unless otherwise specified.

Indian Health Services Pre-Graduate Scholarship

The Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in specific pre-professional areas, such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others as needed by Indian health programs.

Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship

The Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in undergraduate prerequisite or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health and allied health professional schools, such as nursing, pharmacy and others, as needed. Preparatory courses are those required to improve science, mathematics or other basic skills and knowledge. Undergraduate prerequisite courses are pre-professional studies required in order to qualify for admission to a health or allied health professions program.

Mabelle Arole Fellowship

In 2001, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc founded the Mabelle Arole Fellowship in honor of Dr. Mabelle Arole who died in 1999. The fellowship is named in memory of her dedication to the community and her wisdom to work with its members to determine what must be done and how to achieve improved child and maternal health status. The Mabelle Arole Fellow will live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year. During that time, s/he will have experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and needs and your interest. Applicant must have already gained acceptance into a medical program in order to be eligible for fellowship.

Medical Education Scholarships

We at national AMWA know that the cost of a medical education can be daunting and sometimes frightening, so we'd like to help. Supporting your medical education is important to us, and in this light, AMWA awards two $1000 scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship

The NHSC Scholarship Program (SP) awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care. In return, students commit to providing care at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for two to four years, upon graduation and completion of training. To be eligible you must be pursuing a degree in one of the following areas Medicine (MD or DO), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), Nurse Practitioner, Certified nurse – midwife or Physician Assistant.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Through university partnerships the NIH strengthens and expands its role as a provider of excellent training for the biomedical scientists of the future. The mission of the GPP is to establish and foster graduate education partnerships with national and international universities and institutions dedicated to quality education in biomedical basic and clinical research while providing the infrastructure and community support needed by the students in these programs.

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world's foremost centers for biomedical, behavioral and social science research and research training. The program is designed to improve access to education leading to research careers for those who have had fewer opportunities than others, and is designed to provide an incentive for exceptional scholars to pursue research careers at the NIH.

National Medical Association Emerging Scholar Award

The National Medical Association annually recognizes and rewards African-American medical students for extraordinary accomplishments, academic excellence, leadership and potential for significant contributions to medicine.

The NMA Emerging Scholar Awards are the highest honors presented to students by the National Medical Association. The highest ranking scholar receives The Patti LaBelle Scholarship. These awards recognize academic achievement, leadership, and potential for distinguished contributions to medicine. These awards are presented to current first, second, or third-year medical students, with demonstrated financial need.

National Medical Fellowships Need-based Scholarships

The core program of NMF is the Need-based Scholarships. Offered primarily to first- and second-year 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.

Overseas Assistance Grants

The American Women's Hospitals Service (AWHS) provides grants of up to $1,500 for assistance with transportation costs associated with medical studies or service projects conducted in an off-campus setting where the medically neglected will benefit. 

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA)

The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

For twenty-one consecutive years, the Makers of TYLENOL® have awarded scholarships to students pursuing a healthcare career. We believe that these students are the future, which is why we are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to applicants who have chosen a career in healthcare and excel in leadership, academic performance and community involvement.

UNCF - Earl and Patricia Armstrong Scholarship

The Earl & Patricia Armstrong Scholarship is open to all students with a 3.0 or above and who are either Pre-med, Biology or Health majors. The scholarship is for $3,000.