External Scholarships

Find opportunities beyond U-M to fund your medical education

Check back often for new outside scholarships! (Updated 12/14/2021)


AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships – Essay

Deadline - January 31, 2022

 General Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be nominated through the medical school dean’s office or the dean’s designate.
  • All nominees must be rising final year students (current third year students who are approaching their final year of medical school set to graduate in May 2023). Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • Must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States or have DACA status.
  • *AMA membership or non-membership is not taken into consideration when determining the recipients.

The applications are now open for the following scholarships.  Pay close attention to the criteria noted next to each scholarship.

  • AMA Alliance Grassroots:  Students must have an interest in women’s health and/or children’s health
  • The Herman E. Diskin, MD Memorial Scholarship: Students must demonstrate a strong commitment to humanitarian public service and compassionate patient care
  • Underrepresented in Medicine:  For African American, Latinx/Hispanic, or Native American/Native Hawaiian/Alaska Native scholars who demonstrate a dedication to serving vulnerable or underserved populations
  • David Jones Peck, MD Scholarship for Health Equity:  Recipient must demonstrate a commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting health equity in diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environments
  • DREAM MD Equity Scholarship: Awarded to a medical student beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and/or first-generation immigrant to the United States who has a demonstrated history of public advocacy for the equitable treatment of immigrants
  • Dr. Richard Allen Williams and Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists:  Student must be African American with an interest in cardiology.

 If you are interested in being nominated for any of these scholarships, please submit a short essay (no more than one page) noting which scholarship you wish to be considered for and how you feel you meet the qualifications.  If we have more than one student requesting consideration for a particular scholarship, we will base our nomination on the information contained in the essay, academics, and financial need for those scholarships for which this is a requirement.  If you are chosen to be nominated, you will be required to complete an the AMA application and submit letters of recommendation through the AMA scholarship portal.

 Submit your essay to medfinaid@umich.ed no later than January 31st for consideration. 

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

Deadline -  May 1, 2022

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the 2022 Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is now available online at www.pisacano.org.

 The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care.  By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty.

 The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is designed to provide educational programs, leadership training, and 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 in medical school in the fall of 2022 may apply.  The PLF will award up to 10 scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program (SELRP)

Deadline - Open

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) just recently initiated a new program called the Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program (SELRP).  SELRP is only available to final year medical students who have MATCHED to a residency and physicians in a residency/fellowship program.  SELRP will pay a resident $40,000 for each year while in a residency or fellowship (Maximum 4 years for as total of = $160,000) to apply to the physicians medical school student loan debt.  This tax free money cannot be used for any other student loan debt outside of medical school (MD/DO).  In return the physician comes to work for the VA in the specialty for which they were trained for a minimum of 2 years (Maximum 4 years).

Mesothelioma.com Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Mesothelioma.com is proud to award $4,000 to one student whose life has been impacted by cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself, or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment, we want to hear your story.  Application Deadline is March 31, 2022, for the 2022-23 academic year.

For more information or to complete the scholarship application, click on this link https://www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/

 National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Scholarships & Awards

Deadline: Varies

NMF announced several new and current scholarships that are open to apply starting today for underrepresented minority medical students who are enrolled in an accredited medical school program.  Two scholarships are specific to the state of Michigan and are listed below.

  • Michigan Scholarship Fund
  • NMF Fitzbutler-Jones Alumni Society of the University of Michigan Scholarship Fund

Please check their website to learn scholarship information and each scholarship’s eligibility and requirements.

 Health Professions Scholarship Program

Deadline: Open

Medical School Scholarships for future and current medical school students, the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers two-, three- and four-year military scholarships. The HPSP covers civilian medical school tuition, pays for fees, provides a monthly living stipend and includes a signing bonus under certain conditions. This scholarship is offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force, and the benefits are the same across all three Services. For those who hope to apply to HPSP, selection boards tend to look at all aspects of a person's application — leadership, extracurricular activities, fitness, grades and scores — so they can determine who will succeed in both medical school and the Military.

Massachusetts Medical Society Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Numerous scholarships available to medical students with varied criteria.  See their website for more information.

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 30, December 31, March 31, June30

The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others.  Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year.  Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs

 Deadline: varies

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers a scholarship program for medical students, the Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program for students in their last year of medical school, federal and state Loan Repayment Programs (LRP), and a new Substance Use Disorder Workforce LRP.  All programs are intended to help physicians, or soon to be physicians, with the cost and debt they incur from pursuing a medical career.  Learn more.