Outside Scholarships and Loan Repayment

There are a number of private agencies and organizations that provide scholarship and low-interest loan assistance to medical students. The eligibility criteria and deadlines vary according to the guidelines established by the organization; these funds can be merit-based and/or need-based.

Pritzker's policy, if a student receives any outside award, is to replace or reduce loans. If a student receives an award from an outside source after a financial aid award has already been determined, he or she must notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing of the additional scholarship.

Following are some examples of the many outside scholarship opportunities available:

ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers

One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to the author if the winning essay. The essay must be 750 to 1,000 words in length, discussing emergency medical care from the perspective of a medical student. Essay submissions are due by August 20, 2017. To learn more information about this scholarship, please go here.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to third or fourth year female medical students. Award amounts range from $5000 to $18000. For more information please go here.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarship 

A scholarship is awarded to a qualifying graduate student who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement/or financial need. The deadline for all applications is August 15, 2017. For more information please go here

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) offers the chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor.

The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP is designed to introduce minority medical students to hematology and hematology research through the following 8- to 12-week research options:

  • Summer research experience for minority medical students between their first and second year of medical school, to be conducted during the summer break with a laboratory- or clinically-based hematology investigator.
  • Flexible research experience for minority medical students in their first, second, or third year of medical school, to be completed over the course of a year (approximately 320-480 hour commitment) 

Participants receive the following:

  • A $5,000 stipend to support their summer research experience
  • A $1,000 travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting
  • $1,000 after the ASH annual meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event
  • Complimentary subscriptions during medical school and residency to Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, and The Hematologist, the Society's newsletter
  • The guidance of a research mentor and a career-development mentor

Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarship

CAPS is offering scholarships of $2000 to $5000 each annually to students in United States medical schools. The CAPS Scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race or color. The 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. The 2018 application cycle will open later this year.

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). Grants are disbursed to cover each separate semester, quarter or term during which the grantee is attending school. Grants must be used in the year they are awarded and cannot be deferred or carried over. Recipients must reapply each year support is sought. Applications must be submitted no later than April 1. Applicants will be informed of decisions in July. Applications are available at www.davisputter.org in January of each year until March 31. The official application should be completed and submitted online. The application link, instructions and FAQs are available at http://www.davisputter.org/apply/apply-for-scholarships/

Dr. U.R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student attending medical school who is a resident of either the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex or Hamilton County of New York State or has lived in one of these counties for at least two years. The successful candidate must be willing to return to one of the above locations or to a remote part of the US or where doctors are needed to practice medicine. For more information please go here.

DuPage County Medical Society

The DuPage Medical Society Foundation is a public charity established to promote the education, health and well-being of DuPage County residents. The Foundation strives to meet this mission by providing scholarship grants to health care students from DuPage County. Scholarships are granted only to permanent residents of DuPage County, Illinois, entering health care fields. The application can be found here.

Hispanocare Scholarship

The Hispanocare Student Scholarship fund was established in November 1995, in order to help Hispanic-American college students complete their education, by providing unrestricted scholarships for whatever the student(s) needs, i.e., education, housing, books, food, clothing, etc.

To be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 point scale or 4.0 or more on a 5.0 point scale, or have a minimum score of 250 for a GED.
  • Students of Latino descent (having at least 1 parent of Hispanic origin) who have graduated from an accredited high school with a composite ACT score of 21.
  • Students must be citizens, nationals, or have lawful permanent residence in the United States and must reside in Illinois.

The deadline is September 29, 2017. You can find the application here.

The Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship Fund for Medical Education

Selection of Scholarship recipients is made by the JFK – Muhlenberg Campus Board of Directors with the program being administered by the Board, which reviews applications, conducts personal interviews with the most promising candidates if necessary and makes final selections. The scope of the scholarship is not limited to tuition, but may also include (at the discretion of the Board of Directors) such fees as those for board, lodging, travel, meals, books and supplies required pursuant to the core curriculum. Candidates must be from Union, Somerset, or Middlesex County in New Jersey. For more information go here

Latin American Educational Foundation Scholarships

The Latin American Educational Foundation awards scholarships to Hispanic residents of Colorado who have demonstrated a commitment ot the Hispanic community. Awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, and community involovement. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and must be involved in the Hispanic community. Recipients are required to fulfill 10 hours of community service during the year of funding. More information can be found here.

Richard Allen Williams Scholarship

A scholarship award for 1st or 2nd year minority medical students who show promise in medical research, cardiology and academic medicine. This scholarship was created to promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to recipients in honor of Dr. Richard Allen Williams. The deadline is August 1, 2017 and winners will be announced by September 1, 2017. 

League of Unite Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Scholarship Fund

 LULAC Councils will award scholarships to qualified Hispanic students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities in the United States. Awards start at $250. Awards of $500 and under are disbursed on July 15th; awards over $500 are disbursed in two equal payments on July 15th and January 15th. You can find the application here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund serves outstanding Hispanic students by helping them complete their higher education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA/FAFSA defined eligible non-citizens of Hispanic background attending an accredited collegge or university. Successful cadidates are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, personal strengths, leadership, and financial need. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the scholars selected.The application can be found here

Blair County Medical Society Scholarship

One scholarship in the amount of $2000 to a medical student in their second, third, or fourth-year of medical school. They must be a resident of Blair County in the state of Pennsylvania for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student (not including the time spent attending an undergraduate/graduate school in Pennsylvania). To apply students must complete an application form located here, two reference letters (one must be from a medical school professor or physician), a letter from PSOM verifying their enrollment, and a typed one-page essay addressing reasons for pursuing a medical career. 

The Expert Institute's 2017 Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship

One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 awarded to a student actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The essay accompanying the submission must be 1,000-2,000 words on how you feel your specialized knowledge and training could be applied to improving the practice of the law. All submissions must be received before midnight on December 31, 2017.

Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary's Scholarship and Educational (LeCoMASE) Fund

One scholarship in the amount of $2500 will be awarded to a qualified medical student who resided in Lehigh county in the state of Pennsylvania for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student (not including time spent attending an under graduate or graduate school). To apply students must complete an application form located here, two reference letters (one must be from a medical school professor or physician), a letter from PSOM verifying their enrollment, and a typed one-page essay addressing reasons for pursuing a medical career. 

Montgomery County Medical Society - William W. Lander, MD, Medical Student Scholarship

Two scholarships in the amount of $2500 will be awarded to medical students who were/are Montgomery County residents in the state of Pennsylvania at the time of high school graduation or for at least 4 years prior to registering as a medical student. To apply students must complete an application form located here, two reference letters (one must be from a medical school professor or physician), a letter from PSOM verifying their enrollment, and a typed one-page essay addressing reasons for pursuing a medical career. 

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

One scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to a qualified medical student who resided in Lehigh, Berks, or Northampton County in the state of Pennsylvania for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student. To apply students must complete an application form located here, two reference letters (one must be from a medical school professor or physician), a letter from PSOM verifying their enrollment, and a typed one-page essay addressing reasons for pursuing a medical career. Application materials will be accepted beginning July 1 of the current year, and must be postmarked on or before September 30 of the current year. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by December 1 of the current year. 

SeniorAdvice Caregiver and Volunteer Scholarships

Scholarships for two students at the University of Chicago who have volunteered in a senior non-profit or who have acted as caregiver to an adult relative. Applications are due by August 15, 2017.  You can click here for the caregiver scholarship and here for the volunteer scholarship.

Wellsford and Mildred Clark Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships to MS3s about to enter their fourth year of medical school. The scholarship requires that applicants must be residents of Connecticut for five years and be enrolled in a not-for-profit medical school accredited by the AMA and/or the World Health Organization. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members and the Dean are required. Students demonstrating financial need, academic excellence, extracurricular interests and community service, will be strongly considered. Contact Mary Yokose at 203-753-4888, with any additional questions.

Worcester District Medical Society Scholarship

The Scholarship Fund of the Worcester District Medical Society is awarding scholarships to second, third and fourth year medical students who are in financial need and are lega residents of Central Massachusetts. Application deadline is Friday, July 28th, 2017. For more information, visit their website

Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital Scholarship

The Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital is offering scholarships for students residing in the hospital service area who will be attending school, while pursuing and education in the health care field. The service area includes the following zip codes: 60010, 60012, 60013, 60014, 60021, 60042, 60047, 60050, 60052, 60060, 60067, 60073, 60084, 60098, 60102, 60110, and 60156.

Applications can be downloaded here. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the hospital, and received by the Scholarship Committee by April 17th. Interviews will be scheduled for early May. If you have any questions, you may call Good Shepherd Hospital, 847-381-0123 and ask to be connected to the Scholarship extension or the Auxiliary office extension.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Inc.

The ARCS Foundation, Inc., awards, based on recommendation by the Office of Medical Education, scholarships of up to $10,000 per year to exceptional students. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, demonstrate financial need, and have research experience. Awards are renewable with the recommendation of the Office of Medical Education and the approval of the ARCS Foundation Inc.

Find more information at: https://www.arcsfoundation.org/

Herbert W. Nickens Awards

The AAMC is soliciting nominations for the Herbert W. Nickens Award ($10,000), the Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship ($15,000), and the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships ($5,000 each for five recipients). These awards are presented to individuals who advance the education, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States. All nominations must be submitted to the AAMC's Diversity Policy and Programs by April 7, 2017. For questions, please contact Angela Moses at 202-862-6203, e-mail NickensAwards@aamc.org, or visit https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards

National Medical Fellowships (NMF)

NMF awards need-based scholarships to first and second year students. Applicants must be a member of a minority group currently designated as underrepresented in the medical profession and must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship applications are now open. You can create an account and apply here. For more information http://www.nmfonline.org/

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.Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.The deadline for submission of completed 2018-2019 applications is November 1, 2017.

Rock Sleyster Memorial Scholarship

Each medical school in the U.S. and Canada submits nominees of qualified candidates in accordance with the size of the third year class. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens and about to enter the senior year. Scholarship, financial need, and demonstrated interest in psychiatry are considered by the student's school in submitting nominees. The amount of the award is $2,500. Applications must be submitted no later than May 1. Students interested in being considered should notify the Office of Financial Aid.

Indian Health Service Scholarship

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. Today, nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students have received scholarship awards and many have committed to serving their health profession careers at IHS; some have even returned to serve their own Tribal communities. If you envision a career with a true purpose and mission, Indian health programs are looking for people like you. If you are willing to commit to working in Indian health communities where you can truly make a difference, we encourage you to take the next step toward realizing your future. The scholarship program provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in your chosen health professional discipline. For more information please go here.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation

The Korean American Scholarship is for students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships. For more information please visit their website.

Oliver Goldsmith, M.D. Scholarship

You can apply for one of twelve scholarships if you:

  • Are a student in good standing entering your third or fourth year of medical school
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of culturally and/or linguistically responsive care or diversity through leadership, research or community involvement.
  • Intend to practice medicine in Southern California
  • Able to participate in a mentoring relationship with a Southern California Kaiser Permanente physician
  • Able to participate in a 4 – 6 week clerkship at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Southern California

For more information please visit their website.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Medical Scholarships

DAR offers several medical scholarships in the amoun to of up to $5000. To apply for these scholarship please visit their website.

The Piscano Leadership Foundation

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program offers many career development opportunities, as well as scholarship funding, to the future leaders of family medicine. The Pisacano Scholars participate in semi-annual Leadership Skills Development Symposia (see summary) and are offered a multitude of educational programs and mentoring relationships with current leaders in the field of family medicine. This premier leadership program is extremely competitive. The total number of awards granted each year will not exceed five. Third-year medical students are eligible to apply. Only students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine will be considered. In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service. The level of financial need is not considered in the selection process.

The scholarship funding is designed to reimburse a portion of medical school debt incurred by the student by the conclusion of the Scholar's residency in family medicine. A portion of the funds will be distributed to the student during their fourth-year of medical school, and the remaining funds will be distributed over the required three-year residency. The maximum scholarship award is $28,000. Recipients are awarded up to $7,000 per year for up to four years. Please visit their website to apply.

Tylenol Scholarship

The makers of Tylenol award $250,000 - $350,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing health-related studies. Funds will be awarded to at least 170 students in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000. Must be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, have completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational – technical school, Must provide proof of enrollment to a public health/health education, med school, nursing and/or pharmacy degree program with one or more years of school remaining . Past winners are not eligible to apply.  Employees of McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., ISTS, Inc., their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and the families of each are not eligible. For applications and more information, go to their website. Use access key TYNL. Applications are usually not available until late February each year. 

Dr. Charles E. Gavin Memorial Foundation Scholarship

The Dr. Charles E. Gavin Memorial Foundation Medical Studies Award gives financial support and personal encouragement to selected persons who are committed to study for a medical degree in a college or university. The student selected must be United States citizen from the South Suburban area of Metropolitan Chicago and must meet certain economic guidelines based on need and family history. The award is for $10,000.00 over two years assuming satisfactory progress toward the medical degree. Equal installments of $5,000.00 for each year payable through the school’s financial aid office for two (2) consecutive years. The application can be found here.

Loan Repayment Options

The National Health Services Corps loan repayment option is a federal government program open to medical students who agree to practice full-time for at least two years or part-time for four years an NHSC-approved site. The NHSC was recently recently revised to include:

  • Increased Financial Support. The Corps' loan repayment program now begins with an initial award of up to $60,000for two years of service. You may receive up to $170,000 in loan repayment for completing a five-year service commitment and, with continued service, may be able to pay off all eligible student loans.
  • More Flexible Options to Complete Your Service. The loan repayment program now offers three options for fulfilling your service obligation - a two-year full-time contract, a four-year half-time contract, and a two-year half-time contract.
  • Increased Credit for Teaching. The service obligation for clinical practice hours has been updated to include a 20 percent credit for teaching and a 50 percent credit for teaching at a TeachingHealth Center.
  • Contact:  NHSC.hrsa.gov for more information or to begin the application process.