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  • AAUW. Career Development Grants ($2,000-$12,000) provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color, women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields, and women who do not currently hold an advanced degree. Grants provide support for coursework toward degree programs other than a doctorate or for specialized training in technical or professional fields.
  • Alpha Epsilon Iota Scholarship.  (No website available.) $3,000 to $4,000 is awarded to female medical students. Selection criteria include academic merit and financial need. For an application, phone Donna O’Malley at 1-800-999-9658, or write: McDonald Financial Group, Key Trust Client Services, PO Box 89464, Cleveland, Ohio 44101-6464, ATTN: Donna O’Malley, Mail code OH-01-27-1614.
  • AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship. Applicants are current 3rd-year medical students who are approaching their final year of medical school. Each $10,000 scholarship is based on different eligibility requirements. For more information, visit website.
  • AMA Minority Scholars Award. Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship: This annual scholarship provides tuition support of $5,000 to a 1st- or 2nd-year African-American medical student who expresses interest in cardiology.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarships. The AAUW offers Selected Professions Fellowships for women in either their third or fourth year of professional study. Awards range from $5,000 to $12,000. More information may be found on website. More resources for women.
  • American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Foundation. Scholarships range from $3,000- $10,000 annually. For more information, visit website.
  • American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships. Graduate fellowships for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized U. S. tribes. Criteria: pursuing a post baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full-time student; able to demonstrate financial need; and an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent. For more visit website.
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). The AMWA awards 4 (four) $1,000 scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. For more visit website.  More resources for women.
  • Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellowship. Award for outstanding student leadership. The recipient will receive $1,000, and the nominating chapter, if applicable, will also receive $1,000. Details can be found at website.
  • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to medical students in exchange for active duty service in the Armed Forces – Air Force, Army, Navy. Obligations incurred in the programs will be fulfilled as medical officers in the appropriate service for a stipulated period of time.
  • ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program. The American Society of Hematology Award Program students receive a stipend of $5,000 to complete an eight- to 12-week research project, $2,000 travel support to attend the ASH annual meeting, and the guidance of two mentors. Eligible students are minority medical students from the U.S. or Canada. Applications available online.
  • Association of Korean American Medical Graduates. Applicant must be enrolled in medical school, residency, or fellowship training program in the U. S.  Each applicant must conduct the project in conjunction with a physician mentor or supervisor to oversee the project.  $5,000 for research or service project.  Up to $2,000 for medical mission.
  • CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship. Students with a strong interest in public health or in practicing medicine with a broad, analytic perspective. Eight fellows will spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offices in Atlanta, Ga., where they carry out epidemiological analysis in various areas of public health. Visit website or email dcexperience@cdcfoundation.org.
  • Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship. Scholarships to current medical students of Chinese decent. For more information, visit website.
  • Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarship. Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 each annually to students medical school.  Applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial needs, community service records and essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after their graduation. For more visit website.
  • Daughters of American Revolution Medical Scholarships. Eligibility requirements:  minimum 3.25 GPA, enrolled in graduate-level medical school, demonstrated financial need and U.S. citizen.  Award:  $5,000.   Scholarship information available.  More resources for women.
  • Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship (MA). $3,500 is awarded to a young woman of Polish ancestry for first, second, or third year of medical studies at an accredited school of medicine in the U.S. and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  For more information visit website.
  • Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars. One year fellowship program available to students with advanced standing in a U.S. medical school; or enrolled in a doctoral-level program at a U.S. school of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.  For more, visit website.
  • Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship (AAMC). Five $5,000 scholarships for third year medical students who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the U.S. For more email: NickensAwards@aamc.org or visit website.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (College Scholarship Program). Students in full-time, accredited graduate programs, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic heritage, with a cumulative grade average of 3.0 and who have applied for federal aid may apply for scholarships up to $5,000 per year. Visit website for application.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Various programs and fellowships available.  Apply online via HHMI here. For more information, visit  website, or email medfellows@hhmi.org, or call 1-800-448-4882 ext. 8889.
  • Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund. This fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Grant distributions range from $2,000-$8,000. The money is sent directly to the recipient’s school to be used for tuition only. Applications available on website.
  • Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program. This program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native (Federally recognized only and applicant must be a member of his/her tribe) students only enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. It pays full tuition, other costs of medical education and a monthly stipend. Recipients must serve one year for each year of scholarship support.
  • Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA). Scholarships from $2,000-$20,000 for medical students who have the potential to contribute to the Japanese-American relationship through the medical field. If selected, the student will be asked to present their proposal at the JMSA annual spring dinner in New York City. For more visit JMSA website.
  • Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship. Research scholarship of $10,000 with goal of promoting women in the medical profession and strengthening the ability of the AMA to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students. For more visit website. More resources for women.
  • Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Program. Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Funding is for full-time studies. For more visit website.
  • Leah J. Dickstein MD Award. Open to female medical students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, creativity, and leadership. The recipient is invited to the AWP Annual Meeting to receive the award and present her work. For more visit website.
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (World Bank). Women from developing countries residing in the U.S. who are enrolled may apply for one of six to ten grants of $12,000 each. Eligibility criteria include: record of service to women and children in her country; intent to return to a developing country in two years; aged 25 or older at time of application. Application is on website.  Email: MMMF@worldbank.org.
  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program. This partnership program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students participate in an eight-to twelve-week structure research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics. Students may train at an NIA-supported National Training Center or, for a limited number of medical schools, at their own institution. Program Guidelines and applications are on website.
  • National Health Service Corps. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a program of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care, which is the focal point for providing primary healthcare to underserved and vulnerable populations. The mission of the NHSC is to increase access to primary care services and reduce health disparities for people in health professional shortage areas by assisting communities through site development and by the preparation, recruitment and retention of community – responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians.
  • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program. Hispanic students enrolled full-time in medical, public health, and policy schools.  The National Hispanic Health Foundation rewards students in health policy and health professional programs for exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to their community.  Visit website for details.
  • National Italian American Foundation. For students of Italo-American heritage. Download the Scholarship Handbook at www.niaf.org.
  • National Medical Fellowships . $4,000 awarded annually to medical students in their first, second or third year of medical school. Students must be members of racial or ethnic groups currently classified as underrepresented in medicine, specifically, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and mainland Puerto Ricans who permanently reside within the 50 U.S. states. Application available online.
  • National Student Research Forums. These annual forums offer young investigators the opportunity to present their research, receive meaningful feedback, and participate in scholarly discussions with peers and established scientists. Awards are presented to students with the highest-rated oral and poster presentations. Three regional forums are held prior to the national forum every year. For more visit website.
  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. The program provides financial support (tuition, fees, and living expenses) for Native Hawaiian students pursuing careers in selected health professions. Eligible applicants are native Hawaiian, U.S. Citizens (proof required), and enrolled or accepted into an accredited MD program and interested in working with native Hawaiian populations in community-based or rural setting. The award comes with a service obligation. Visit website for more.
  • Navajo Nation Graduate Assistance Fellowship. Students enrolled full-time in an accredited medical program who are members of the Navajo Nation may apply for a fellowship. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000 annually. The application may be downloaded here.
  • One Medical Group Scholarship Program. $10,000 award to third year medical students continuing with fourth year medical studies. One Medical Group is a primary care practice designed around the fundamentals of quality medicine: listening, evidence, collaboration, trusted relationships and more time with patients.  Learn more at website. Additional contact information from: contactus@applyists.com (Subject Line: One Medical), toll free 1-855-670-ISTS.
  • Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars in Neuroscience Award.
    Purpose is to mentor and encourage young potential scientists and physicians to enter the field of neurological research.  Awardee will be hired in a paid position ($30K-$40K) for one year to conduct research in a Department of Neurosurgery laboratory.   Application download here.
  • Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program. Provides funding to reimburse a portion of medical school related debt. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period. Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year of medical school in the fall may apply. The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each.  Applications available on website.
  • Point Foundation. The national LGBTQ scholarship fund offers scholarships to graduate students who must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, enrolled full-time for the full academic year and have financial need.  Applicants must have strong academic achievement, a proven track record of leadership and community involvement and working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community.  Learn more on their website and also find additional resources from Campus Pride/Point Foundation Sponsored National LGBT Scholarship Database.
  • Sarnoff Endowment for Biomedical Research. Offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the U. S. other than the medical school in which they are enrolled. Second and third year medical students are encouraged to apply. Awardees receive a $28,500 stipend. For more information visit website.
  • Seed Grant Research Program. Offered by the AMA Foundation, this program provides $2,500 grants to medical students, physician residents and fellows for basic science, applied or clinical research projects in the following research categories: cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, neoplastic diseases, and secondhand smoke. For more visit website.
  • Soros New American Fellow. Honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows. For more visit website.
  • US Bank: Arthur and Dorren Parrett Scholarship Fund (WA).  Eligible applicants must be a Washington state resident and must have completed the first year of study in an accredited medical school. Fifteen to 20 awards ranging from $900 to $2,100 are funded annually. Application forms are available by contacting: US Bank National Assoc., Trustee, Parrett Scholarship Foundation, PD-WA-T21P, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100, Seattle Wash. 98101-4085. Telephone: (206) 344-03690.
  • Vietnamese American Medical Association (VAMA) Scholarships. Scholarships to third year medical students.  Five scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 each. Two are travel scholarships, to enable the recipients to attend a rotation at a medical school in a developing (third world) country, preferably Vietnam. Visit the VAMA website for application.
  • Women in Medicine (WIM). $5,000 Leadership Scholarships for female medical students enrolled in allopathic or osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. Scholarships presented at the annual WIM meeting, and medical students will be present to receive their awards. Applicants should have actively contributed/demonstrated leadership for the LGBT community.   For more visit website.