General Scholarships & Awards
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.
- 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
- The Dr. Muriel Petioni Scholarship is open to both medical students and students graduating from college/post-baccalaureate program
- 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).
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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. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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. Finalists will be interviewed by Dr. Thornton.
This application opens Monday, February 3, 2020. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, March 16, 2020 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.
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. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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 about this scholarship, please refer to our one-page informational flyer; our recent Applicant Q&A Presentation recording; or slides from the Q&A event. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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.
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. James McCune Smith Medical Student Award
Established in 2019, this award is given in honor of Dr. James McCune Smith, who was the first African American to receive a medical degree. The award provides $5,000 to one (1) African American, Afro-Latino, or Native American student enrolled in an accredited medical school in Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. McCune in his or her commitment to academic excellence, leadership, service and research. As part of their application, students must comment on their current health disparities research. The selected Scholar will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on his or her research on health disparities at the Dr. James McCune Smith Scholarship Lecture and Awards Reception, taking place on May 6, 2020. Application currently closed.
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 at least two (2) African-American, Afro-Latino, or Native American medical students. 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 on November 6, 2019. Scholars who are selected from another US State will be expected to video conference into the event to accept the award and present his or her research. Application currently closed.
Dr. Theodore Quincy Miller Scholarship
Established in 2019 to honor the memory of NMF Alumnus Dr. Theodore Quincy Miller, this need-based Scholarship awards $5,000 to one (1) African American male medical student enrolled at an LCME-accredited US, MD-granting medical school, who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service. Top applicants will be selected for a phone interview with Dr. Miller’s family. Application currently closed.
Dr. Muriel Petioni Scholarship
The Susan Smith McKinney Steward Medical Society (SSMSMS) was founded in 1974 by Dr. Muriel Petioni to provide support, networking, role modeling and mentorship for women of color who are or who aspire to become physicians. The SSMSMS awards two (2) Dr. Muriel Petioni Scholarships to promising young women of color who are pursuing careers in medicine. One (1) scholarship of $1,500 will be given to a Black or Latina woman enrolled in an accredited medical school in New Jersey, New York, or Puerto Rico. One (1) scholarship of $1,000 will be given to a Black or Latina woman who will have graduated from college or completed a post-baccalaureate program in New Jersey, New York, or Puerto Rico by June of 2020, and who is currently applying to medical school to begin in Fall 2020 (2020-2021 Academic Year). Applicants will need to provide documentation of their medical school application (e.g. AMCAS) as well as proof of interviews granted/and or current acceptances.
The selected medical student and collegiate student scholars are expected to make brief remarks of appreciation at the March 21, 2020 SSMSMS Brunch taking place at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Scholars who are selected from outside of the New Jersey or New York metropolitan area will have the option to video conference into the event. Application currently closed.
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. The Selected Scholar will be required to attend the Scholar Reception in early 2020. Specific date TBD. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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. The Selected Scholar will be required to attend the Scholar Reception in early 2020. Specific date TBD. Application currently closed.
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.
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 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 May 2020, Scholars must complete their research project and submit a project report and poster that will be displayed at the New York NMF Gala event on May 21, 2020.
Applications for the hepatitis research project will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled at www.nmf.fluidreview.com. (Please note this is only for the Hepatitis Research projects – spots for Behavioral Health and General Medical Research projects are currently 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. Application currently closed.
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. For a list of our 2019 Scholarship recipients, click here. Application currently closed.
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. Application currently closed.
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 21, 2020.
This application opens Monday, February 3, 2020. Applications for this award are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, March 16, 2020 at www.nmf.fluidreview.com.
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. Application currently closed.