Since inception, National Medical Fellowships’ scholarships and awards have been at the core of its programming. NMF scholarship programs recognize merit as well as financial need. Over the years, funding for scholarships has come from hundreds of foundations and from individuals. NMF actively seeks and welcomes partnerships to build the scholarship program.

General Eligibility

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
    • (Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders are not eligible)
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level U.S. healthcare program
    • Please note the required degree program type for each NMF scholarship
    • The Genita Evangelista Johnson Endowed Scholarship is open to students in their senior year of high school
  • Underrepresented minority student
    • NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

See below for scholarship program descriptions, which may include additional eligibility requirements. Please note: any year in school requirements should be based on applicant’s status for the school year listed in the program description (e.g., 2019-2020).

As new scholarships and awards become available during the year, they will be listed on the NMF website and social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

For questions regarding NMF Scholarships & Programs, please contact scholarships@nmfonline.org.

For questions regarding the NMF Primary Care Leadership Program, please contact pclpinfo@nmfonline.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Paula Mejia at pmejia@nmfonline.org


About the Scholarship Programs

Aetna/NMF Rural Health Scholars Program at Morehouse

In partnership with Aetna, NMF will provide four (4) scholarships of $5,000 each for 3rd or 4th year underrepresented minority (URM) students at Morehouse School of Medicine to complete a research paper focusing on unique health challenges that underserved and minority populations confront in rural Georgia. This program will enrich the social mission of the Morehouse School of Medicine’s curriculum, which emphasizes the importance of primary care and integrates a commitment to meeting the primary healthcare needs of underserved and minority populations in rural settings. Scholars will submit their research paper and poster by the end of December 2019.

This application opens Thursday, August 1, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, September 30, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

Alliant Health Solutions/NMF Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia Care Scholarship

Established in 2018, this award provides a $7,000 scholarship to two (2) 3rd or 4th year underrepresented minority medical students, who attend medical school in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas. This scholarship features an enhanced learning experience wherein selected Scholars will complete a research paper focused on a specific issue related to Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia Care. Potential research topics may explore issues related to care delivery in settings across the healthcare system. Scholars will formulate their research papers between October 2019 – December 2019 and will be expected to provide monthly updates on their project. From January – March 2020, they will submit a paper, poster, and PowerPoint, and in April 2020 they will present their projects at the Alliant Health Solutions Board Meeting. Upon completion of the program, the Scholars will have an enhanced perspective of working with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia.

This application opens Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Central on Monday, September 2, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award

Established by NMF Alumna Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH, FACOG, the Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of three enslaved women who, as subjects of experimentation, helped shape advances in clinical and surgical knowledge and are recognized today as the Mothers of Gynecology. This $5,000 scholarship will be given to one (1) African-American woman who is a known descendant of American slaves, and is enrolled in an accredited US medical school program. Applicants must demonstrate interest in Gynecology and/or women’s health. Finalists will be interviewed by Dr. Thornton.

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

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 (8) 1st year underrepresented minority medical students (for the 2019-2020 academic year), who are enrolled at an LCME-accredited US, 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., 4 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 (LSL) 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Conference registration fees will be waived and AAMC will cover up to two (2) nights of lodging for each Scholar.

Aura E. Severinghaus Award

The Aura E. Severinghaus Award was established in 1975 to honor the memory of NMF Board member and Associate Dean Emeritus of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. This special award provides a $2,000 scholarship to one (1) fourth year medical student who has demonstrated leadership during his/her tenure in medical school. The award recipient is nominated by the Office of Diversity at Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons. There is no application for this Scholarship.

Colgate-Palmolive/NMF Dental Leadership Program

Colgate-Palmolive and NMF are pleased to announce the Colgate-Palmolive/NMF Dental Leadership Program. This need-based award provides two (2) $5,000 scholarships to support underrepresented minority students, who are enrolled in an accredited US dental school (DDS/DMD) program and demonstrate commitment to leadership and serving medically underserved communities.

CVS Health/NMF Pharm.D. Scholarship

CVS Health and National Medical Fellowships are proud to announce the CVS Health/NMF Pharm.D. Scholarship. This Scholarship was established in order to support African American students who are in financial need, are interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in pharmacy and display a commitment to practicing within a community setting. This award provides a $2,500 scholarship to one (1) African American student majoring in pharmacy and enrolled in the professional program of an accredited college of pharmacy. For more information, please download our one-page flyer here.

Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific on Monday, October 14, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com

Don Levin Trust Scholarship

Established in 2019, this scholarship provides a $10,000 award to one (1) rising 1st year medical student matriculated in a US accredited medical (MD/DO) school who has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to working with underserved populations.  

Dr. David Kearney McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT

The Dr. David Kearney McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT is designed to increase the number of qualified physicians who are interested in a career in Ophthalmology or Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialties. The scholarship is a $5,000 award to two (2) African-American, Afro-Latino, or Native American medical students in New York. One (1) additional scholarship of $5,000 will be given to a medical student in another US State. Eligible candidates must be committed to academic excellence, research, leadership and service. The awarded Scholars are required to attend and present their research in Ophthalmology/ENT at the McDonogh Reception in New York City in early November, 2019 – Date TBD. The Scholar who is selected from another US State will be expected to video conference into the event to accept the award and present his or her research.

Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com

Dr. James Curtis Scholarship

Established by Weill Cornell Medicine in honor of NMF Alumnus Dr. James Curtis, this Scholarship awards $5,000 to one (1) fourth year minority medical student who has demonstrated outstanding academic scholarship, leadership and involvement in community service. The award recipient is jointly nominated by the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Diversity, and Medical Education at Weill Cornell Medicine. There is no application for this Scholarship.

Dr. Randolph Chase Memorial Scholarship

Established by New York University School of Medicine in 2015, the Dr. Randolph Chase Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to one (1) 4th year New York University School of Medicine minority medical student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in community service. There is no application for this Scholarship.

Empire State Medical Association Scholarship Award

Established by the Empire State Medical Association in 2016, this award provides a $2,500 scholarship to one (1) African American student enrolled in a New York City accredited medical school in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

Franklin C. McLean Award

Instituted in 1968 in memory of the NMF founder, this title award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service, and is presented during the AAMC Annual Meeting.

The recipient of this Award is selected from among fourth-year medical students previously recognized by NMF. There is no application for this Scholarship.

Genita Evangelista Johnson Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2018, this need-based Scholarship provides a $2,500 award to one (1) female African American high school Senior in Los Angeles, who has been accepted into a four-year collegiate program and has a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. The recipient must show proof of college enrollment upon selection and will required to attend the Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards on June 26, 2019.

Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship Program

The Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship was established in 1982 in honor of the longtime NMF contributor in Minneapolis/St. Paul. This award provides a $5,000 scholarship to two (2) 2nd or 3rd year underrepresented minority medical students enrolled in a Minnesota medical school, in recognition of leadership and community service. 

This application opens Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Central on Monday, September 2, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship

The Josiah Macy Jr. Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This scholarship provides $5,000 to six (6) 2nd or 3rd year minority medical students who demonstrate financial need as well as academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to service.

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

Established by the Manhattan Central Medical Society in 2014, this award provides a $2,000 scholarship to one (1) African American medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school the greater New York City area.

Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship

Established by NMF Board member Neal Ball to honor the memory of his sister Mary Ball Carrera, this award provides a $2,500 scholarship to one (1) outstanding Native American woman, recognized for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service, and enrolled in an accredited US medical school

This application opens Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, September 30, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Research Scholarships

The New York Community Trust seeks to nurture the talent of medical students engaged in community health research in underserved communities. Seven (7) $6,000 scholarships are awarded to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year medical students (for the 2019-2020 Academic Year) from underrepresented minority groups. Five (5) scholarships will support hepatitis research, one (1) will support behavioral health research, and one (1) will support medical research (any topic). Students must attend medical school in within the 5 boroughs of New York City. As part of the application, students will submit a project scoping form which outlines the project description, research site (i.e. research center or social service agency/organization) and timeline. By December 2019, Scholars must complete their research project and submit a project report and poster that will be displayed at the New York NMF Gala event in May 2020.

The deadline for this application has been extended: applications for this award are now due by 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, September 30, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com. (Please note this extension is only for the Hepatitis Research projects – spots for Behavioral Health and General Medical Research projects are currently filled). We will accept applications for hepatitis projects on a rolling basis until spots are filled. 

NMA Emerging Scholars Awards

Established in 2004, this award provides $5,000 to two (2) African American, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year medical students (for the 2019-2020 Academic Year) who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, financial need and potential for distinguished contributions to medicine. These awards are the highest honors presented to students by the National Medical Association. The two award recipients are required to attend, and will be presented with the scholarship at the 2019 NMA 117th Convention Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, HI (Opening and Award Ceremony takes place on July 27, 2019). The registration fee to attend the conference will be waived for each student Scholar. In addition, the Scholars will receive a $1,000 travel stipend to pay for their airfare and ground transportation, and NMA will cover up to two (2) nights lodging.

NMF National Alumni Council Scholarship Program

Established to help address the severe national shortage of physician-leaders who are committed to the health of underserved communities, this award will provide a $5,000 scholarship to twelve (12) fourth-year medical students from underrepresented minority groups who have demonstrated evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers.

NMF Scholarship in Ophthalmology

With generous support from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, and in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, this award provides two (2) $5,000 scholarships to support underrepresented minority students who are enrolled in an accredited US medical school program, and have a demonstrated interest in Ophthalmology.

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship

Established in 2013, this award provides a $7,500 scholarship to one (1) 2nd or 3rd year underrepresented minority medical student who attends medical school in California and has a clinical interest in hematology. The awarded Scholar will be expected to attend the NMF Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards in June 2020.

This application opens Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, October 14, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

Wayne Anthony Butts Scholarship

The Wayne Anthony Butts Scholarship was established in 2013 by distinguished NMF Alumnus Dr. Gary C. Butts to honor his late brother. This award of $5,000 is given to one (1) 1st or 2nd year underrepresented minority medical student studying in the New York metropolitan area, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, community service, and interest in urban health. The selected scholar will be presented with the award during the NMF New York Champions of Health Awards on May 14.

William and Charlotte Cadbury Award

Established in 1977 in honor of NMF’s former Executive Director and his wife, this title award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service, and is presented during the AAMC Annual Meeting.

The recipient of this Award is selected from among fourth-year medical students previously recognized by NMF. There is no application for this Scholarship.

Zimmer Biomet/NMF Orthopaedic Scholarship

Established in 2018 in partnership with Zimmer Biomet, this award seeks to address the national shortage of Hispanic and Latino representation in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. NMF will provide five (5) scholarships of $5,000 each to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Hispanic or Latino medical students, who have a demonstrated interest in Orthopaedics and leadership at an early stage in their professional careers. Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited US medical program.

This application opens Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, October 14, 2019 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.

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