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
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
    • Exception for CVS Health/NMF Pharm.D Scholarship where applicant must be enrolled in accredited pharmacy doctoral school
  • Underrepresented minority student
    • NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, 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 2017-2018 school year.

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.

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


About the Scholarship Programs

Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award

Established in 2013 by NMF Alumna Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH, FACOG, the Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of three slaves who, as subjects of experimentation that helped shape advances in current clinical and surgical knowledge, are recognized today as the Mothers of Gynecology. This scholarship is a $5,000 award given annually to one (1) African-American female medical student who is a known descendant of American slaves. She must be enrolled in an accredited US medical school program.

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.

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.

Dr. David K. McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT

The Dr. David K. 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 for African American, Afro-Latino, or Native American medical student(s) in New York City. Eligible candidates must be committed to academic excellence, research, leadership and service. The awarded scholar is required to attend the Scholarship Reception in November.

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.

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 state 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 and is presented during the AAMC Annual Meeting, this award provides a $5,000 scholarship to one (1) senior medical student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program

The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics was established in 1997 and provides a $5,000 scholarship to two (2) outstanding medical students with an interest in pediatrics with an emphasis on nutrition.

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.

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship

The Josiah Macy Jr. Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in order to provide a $5,000 scholarship to six (6) scholarships for 2nd or 3rd year minority medical students in financial need in recognition of their academic achievement and potential.

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.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Research Scholarships

Established in 2013, this award provides a $6,000 scholarship to two (2) 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year minority medical students in New York City, to support community health research that reflects addressing health inequities in New York City.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Education & Policy Scholarship

NMF is excited to award an additional scholarship with the New York Community Trust. This scholarship provides $6,000 to one (1) minority medical student interested in medical education or health policy research. The student must be affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, or Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

NMA Emerging Scholars Awards

Established in 2004, this award provides $5,000 to two (2) African American, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year medical students 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.

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 eight (8) 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.

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, in training in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, with clinical interest in hematology.

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 presented during the NMF New York Champions of Health Awards 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.

William and Charlotte Cadbury Award

Established in 1977 in honor of NMF’s former Executive Director and his wife, this award provides a $5,000 scholarship to one (1) senior medical student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

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