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 2018-2019 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

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 have the opportunity to discuss their research paper with the Medical Director at Aetna, and will submit their research paper and poster by the end of December 2018.

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

Established in 2018, this award provides a $7,000 scholarship to two (2) 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year underrepresented minority medical students, who attend medical school in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. 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 such as assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, and nursing homes. Scholars will formulate and write their research papers between November 2018 – January 2019. In November 2018, Scholars will have a virtual meeting with Alliant Health Solutions Board Member(s). In February 2019, Scholarship recipients submit a project paper and poster. In March 2019, Scholars will have a virtual meeting with Drs. Patrick Griffith and Adrienne Mims at Alliant Health Solutions to present their papers. Scholars will present their posters in-person at the April 26-27, 2019 Alliant Health Solutions Board Meeting in Pinehurst, NC. Upon completion of the program, the Scholars will have an enhanced perspective of working with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia.

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 provides two (2) $5,000 awards given to African-American female medical students who are known descendants of American slaves. Applicants 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.

The California HealthCare Foundation/NMF Merit Scholarship

Through generous support from the California HealthCare Foundation, based in Oakland, California, this award provides a $7,000 scholarship to one (1) 3rd or 4th year medical student who identifies as an underrepresented minority in medicine, attends an accredited program in California, and who exhibits leadership and a commitment to working with underserved communities.

The California Wellness Foundation/NMF Merit Scholarship

With generous support from The California Wellness Foundation, this award offers a $5,000 scholarship to one (1) underrepresented minority medical student in California, who exhibits leadership and a commitment to working with underserved communities.

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.

This application is available online at www.nmf.fluidreview.com, from September 12 – November 14, 2018.

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 on November 1, 2018.

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 City accredited medical school in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

This application is available online at www.nmf.fluidreview.com, from October 17 – November 26, 2018.

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.

Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program

The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics was established in 1997 and provides a $5,000 scholarship to two (2) outstanding underrepresented minority 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. This scholarship provides $5,000 to four (4) 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.

This application is available online at www.nmf.fluidreview.com, from October 17 – November 26, 2018.

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 Community Health Scholarships

Established in 2013, this program provides a $6,000 scholarship to five (5) 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year minority medical students in New York City, to conduct projects addressing health inequities in New York City. Two (2) scholarships will support community health research, and three (3) will support students conducting primary care (“community care”) service projects in New York. By December 2018, scholars must complete at least 100 hours towards their community service project or research as well as submit a report and poster. The posters will be displayed at the New York NMF Gala event in 2019 for which the Scholars will be invited to attend. Eligible applicants must attend medical school in New York City. These scholarships will nurture the talent that will engage in critical research and primary care delivery in underserved communities in the coming decades.

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 2018-2019 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 2018 NMA 116th Convention Scientific Assembly in Orlando, Florida.

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.

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 required to attend the NMF Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards in June 2019.

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 9.

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.

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 3rd and 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 is available online at www.nmf.fluidreview.com, from October 3 – November 14, 2018.

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