External Scholarships

Find opportunities beyond U-M to fund your medical education

The following are external, non-University scholarship opportunities that may be of interest to University/College students. Inclusion of an external scholarship opportunity is intended only as a resource for students and does not express or imply any University involvement with, or endorsement of, the external program.

Check back often for new outside scholarships! (Updated 12/14/2022)


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)/Darrell G. Kirch, MD Scholarship

Deadline: September 11, 2023

Established in 2019 by the AAMC Board of Directors, this scholarship honors the exemplary leadership of Dr. Darrell G. Kirch and recognizes his deep commitment to creating a diverse workforce of healthcare professionals. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to eight first-year underrepresented medical students (for the 2023-24 academic year), who are enrolled at an LCME-accredited U.S., MD-granting medical school. The selected students must demonstrate both community service and leadership, and will be eligible to renew for another three years (i.e., receive four years of funding), provided that they meet renewal criteria. The scholarship funds should be used for tuition fees and/or living expenses.

The scholarship recipients will be required to attend the Nickens Awards session at the AAMC’s Learn Serve Lead 2023 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Conference registration fees will be waived and AAMC will cover up to two nights of lodging for each scholar.

Start your application.

AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships – Current M3 Students

Deadline: January 31, 2024

General eligibility for AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships includes the following: 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 2024). Nominees must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and 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.

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. Selection will be based on volunteer activities and/or research initiatives in addition to financial need.
  • 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 marginalized and minoritized communities.
  • 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. Must explain your interest in cardiology in your personal statement. One of your letters of recommendation should also reference this interest.

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 to [email protected]. 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 the AMA application and submit letters of recommendation through the AMA scholarship portal.

Pisacano Leadership Foundation – Current M3 students

Deadline: May 1, 2024

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 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 2023 may apply. The PLF will award up to 10 scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each for the 2023-2024 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).

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.