Funding Opportunities


Minorities Underrepresented in Medicine


This database has been compiled to provide students with information regarding various sources of private financial funding. Students should review the application instructions and eligibility requirements of each funding opportunity in detail before applying. Unless otherwise noted, all application materials and supporting documentation should be sent directly to the foundation offering that specific funding opportunity. 

This information is provided as a courtesy and is not considered exhaustive. If you are aware of a program that is not listed here kindly notify us at
 so that we can include it if appropriate. Please note that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. All external scholarships and fellowships must be reported to the Financial Aid Office each academic year that they are received.



AMA Minority Scholars Award 
Medical student tuition assistance scholarships offered through the Minority Scholars Award program. The AMA Foundation is committed to increasing the number of minority physicians to better reflect the needs of our increasingly diverse society. The Minority Scholars Award program not only encourages diversity in medicine and the elimination of healthcare disparities, but also rewards outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities and community involvement. Approximately twelve Minority Scholars Awards are awarded annually, each in the amount of a $10,000 scholarship. Nominees must be a current first or second-year student and a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. Eligible students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical profession include African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino. Each medical school is invited to submit up to two nominees. Contact your medical school if you are interested in being nominated for the Minority Scholars Award. Nominations due April 15. For more information, visit the website at:

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships 
The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of graduate fellowships for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized U. S. tribes. To be considered for an AIGC fellowship, the applicant must be: Pursuing a post baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S. and; 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 (possess one fourth degree federally-recognized Indian blood). Download an application from and mail with required documentation to: American Indian Graduate Center, 4520 Montgomery Blvd., Suite 1B, Albuquerque NM 87109; contact Marveline Vallo at (505) 881-4584 ext. 108 or email Application deadline: July 13. 

ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program 
The American Society of Hematology Award Program included both research and mentoring components. Participants receive a stipend of $5,000 to complete an eight- to twelve-week research project, $2,000 travel support to attend the ASH annual meeting, and the guidance of two mentors. Mentoring begins during the research phase and continues throughout medical school and residency. Eligible students are minority medical students from the US or Canada enrolled in a DO, MD, or MD/PhD program. For more information, contact Courtney Krier at, or by phone at (202) 776-0544. Applications are available online at:, or by mail: 1900 M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

Crusade Scholarship Program 
Minority students (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native Indian, or Asian) who are active members of the United Methodist Church or those churches with which the UMC has a relationship may apply for scholarships. Award amounts vary with income available from the foundation. For more information, visit website: Request an application by contacting: General Board of Global ministries, United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1470, New York, NY 10115; Phone: 800-862-4246; Email: Application deadline: February 1. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (College Scholarship Program) 
Students in full-time, accredited graduate programs, who are US citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic heritage, with a cumulative grade average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and who have applied for federal aid may apply for scholarships up to $5000 per year. Visit the website for information and an application; phone;1-877-HSF-INFO or via email; or write: Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 1411 W 190th Street, Suite 325 Los Angeles, CA 90248

Indian Fellowship Program 
Applicants must be American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaskan native. Average award is greater than $8000 per year. Application criteria include financial need, scholastic merit, and likelihood of future service to a Native Indian population. For more information or an application, contact: Office of Indian Education, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2177, Washington DC 20202; Phone: (202) 401-1877. Visit the website:

Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program 
The IHS Health Professions Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native students only, who are enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligations and payback requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding. Download an application from the website: For more information contact: Indian Health Service Scholarship Program, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120,Rockville MD 20852; Phone: (301) 443-6197. 

Metropolitan Life Foundation Awards Program for Academic Excellence in Medicine 
There are seventeen need-based scholarships of $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. Students must be nominated by their medical school deans or assistant dean and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Application and more information are available online at Application deadline: March 12th. 

Minority Scholars Award (American Medical Association Foundation) 
The AMA Foundation selects 10 recipients for the Minority Scholars Awards, which reward personal commitment and scholastic achievement in the form of tuition assistance to groups defined as "historically underrepresented" in the medical profession. Eligible students of minority background include African Americans/Blacks; Native Americans (including American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives); Mexican Americans; and Mainland Puerto Ricans. Candidates are nominated by their medical school. Questions regarding these scholarships should be directed to the AMA Foundation by or by calling 312-464-4200. Website: Applications due mid April. 

National Medical Fellowships 
The general Need-Based Scholarship Program is offered to first- and second-year medical students. Eligible students are United States citizens from groups currently underrepresented in the medical profession; specifically, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and mainland Puerto Ricans who permanently reside within the 50 U.S. states. Scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need as determined by the student's total resources (including parental and spousal support), cost of education, and receipt of other scholarships and grants. Awards have ranged from $500 to $10,000. For more information and an application, visit; or write National Medical Fellowships, Inc., The Need-based Scholarship Program, 5 Hanover Square, 10th Floor, New York NY 10004. Application deadline: June 31. Contact person: Angelica Minaya. 

National Medical Fellowships-Hugh J. Anderson Memorial Scholarship 
Up to five awards of $2,500 each are annually presented to minority students (black, Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, mainland Puerto Ricans, and Mexican Americans) who are Minnesota residents and enrolled beyond their first-year in any accredited U.S. medical school. Selection criteria include academic competence, outstanding leadership, community service, and financial need. For more information and an application, visit or write National Medical Fellowships, Inc., Fellowship in Academic Medicine, 5 Hanover Square, 15th Floor, New York NY 10004. Application deadline: varies yearly.

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, US Citizens (proof required), and enrolled or accepted into an accredited MD program. Selection criteria include work experience, academic record, demonstrated interest in primary care, experience and interest in working with native Hawaiian populations in community-based or rural setting. The award comes with a service obligation. Contact information: Native Hawaiian Health Care Program, Division of Programs for Special Populations, Bureau of Primary Health Care, 4350 East-West Highway, 9th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301/594-4476). Information available at

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 $5000 to $10,000 annually. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained to retain the grant. The application may be downloaded at

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