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 Drs. Ludlow & Ruth Creary Family Foundation Scholarship is open to students in their 1st or 2nd year of undergraduate studies
    • 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
  • Students underrepresented in medicine:
    • NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented in medicine: 
      • African American/Black
      • Hispanic/Latino
      • American Indian or Alaska Native
      • Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only)
      • Native Hawaiian or Other 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., 2021-2022).

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

Alliant Health Solutions/NMF Medical Research Scholarship

Established in 2018, this award provides a $7,000 scholarship to three (3) underrepresented students in medicine enrolled in an accredited medical program in the following US States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas. This scholarship features an enhanced learning experience wherein selected Scholars complete a mentored research paper focused on a specific healthcare issue of their choice. The Scholar will present a practical approach to the project that must have the ultimate goal of improving or extending life, or of healing, on a community, national or global level. Some potential areas for investigation may be: community health, maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality, aging, Alzheimer’s or related dementias, vascular or cardiac disease, renal disease, lung disease, etc. The Scholar will be required to include a detailed proposal with the application.

2021 Applications will be open from June 14, 2021 and will close on August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award

Established by NMF Alumna Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH, FACOG, the Anarcha, Betsey, 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 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Finalists will be interviewed by Dr. Thornton.

2021 Applications will be open from April 26, 2021 and will close on June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Andrea Pinnock Scholarship

Established in 2020 by Drs. Helen Byrd and Lascelles Pinnock, this $5,000 need-based Scholarship will be awarded to a student of Caribbean descent, who is enrolled at Wayne State School of Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic year, and who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service.

NMF will not be accepting any applications for 2021. 

The Aspiring Physicians Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2020 by NMF Alumna Dr. Felecia Williams in memory of her father Mr. Willie James Williams, this need-based $5,000 Scholarship will be awarded to an African American medical student who meets the following eligibility criteria: 1) originally from Detroit, MI, 2) first generation in their family to go to college, 3) enrolled in an accredited US medical school for the 2020-2021 academic year, 4) has documented financial need, and 5) has demonstrated an interest in Pediatrics. This Scholarship may be renewed provided that the student remains in good academic standing.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any new applications for 2021.

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 students in medicine (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.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any new applications for this Scholarship until 2023. 

Aura E. Severinghaus Award

The Aura E. Severinghaus Award was established in 1975 to honor the memory of National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Board member and Associate Dean Emeritus of Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. This special award provides a $2,000 scholarship to one (1) fourth year underrepresented students in medicine 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 open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Carl H. & Thelma C. Caison, Sr. Scholarship

Established in 2019 by Dr. T. Jann Caison-Sorey in memory of her parents, this need-based $5,000 award will be awarded to an African American male, who is a known descendant of American slaves, enrolled in an accredited US medical (MD ONLY) school for the 2021-2022 academic year, and who was either born in or is a current resident in the State of Michigan. The selected Scholar must be in good standing academically, have a demonstrated financial need, and has interest in practicing Primary Care Medicine.

2022 Applications will be open from December 6, 2021 and will close on January 30, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

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 students in medicine, who are enrolled in an accredited US dental school (DDS/DMD) program and demonstrate commitment to leadership and serving medically underserved communities.

Application for 2020 is now closed and will not reopen until 2021. 

Delores and Charles Baker Scholarship

Established in 2021 by Dr. Delores Baker, this need-based Scholarship provides a $5,000 award to an underrepresented student in medicine enrolled in an accredited program for the 2021-2022 academic year. It is preferred that applicants have an interest in health issues that impact rural populations and an interest in practicing in a rural setting.

2021 Applications will be open from May 26, 2021 and will close on July 11, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any new applications for 2021.

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 underrepresented students in medicine enrolled at the New York University School of Medicine who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in community service.

There is no open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Drs. Ludlow & Ruth Creary Family Foundation Scholarship

Established in 2020, this Scholarship will provide $2,500 to an African American or Black 1st or 2nd year undergraduate student from California and/or attending a 4-year college or university in California for the 2021-2022 academic year, and is interested in the Allied Health Professions. The selected Scholar will be presented with the award at the NMF Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards in October, 2021.

2021 Applications will be open from April 26, 2021 and will close on June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 underrepresented students in medicine 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. Please click here to view the bio of the 2021 Dr. James Curtis Scholarship recipient, Dr. Ruth Moges

There is no open application for this Scholarship.

Dr. Darrell L. Edwards Scholarship

Established in 2020 by Millicent Cox-Edwards, in memory of her husband Dr. Darrell L. Edwards, this need-based award of $10,000 will be given to one 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year African American medical (MD candidate only) student who is either enrolled at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) or from the Bay Area. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent grade and must demonstrate commitment to providing quality care to underserved, urban communities.

Application for 2020 is now closed and will not reopen until 2021. 

Dr. Herman and Shirley Gray Family Scholarship

Established in 2019 by NMF Alumnus Dr. Herman Gray, Jr., MD, MBA in memory of his father, Herman B. Gray, Sr., MD, this need-based award provides a $5,000 award to an African American student enrolled at the Wayne State University School of Medicine for the 2021-2022 academic year, and have a demonstrated interest in Public Health, Community Health, Population Health or Children and Families. The selected Scholars will be required to attend a reception in Detroit, MI – TBD.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Dr. Joe L. Hargrove Scholarship Award

Established in 2019 in honor of NMF Alumnus Dr. Joe L. Hargrove, this $5,000 award is given to an underrepresented students in medicine attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, who has demonstrated financial need, community service, and volunteerism.

There is no open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Dr. Daniel Denis Laroche, Sr. Scholarship in Anesthesiology

Established in 2021 by NMF Alumnus Dr. Daniel Laroche in memory of his father, this scholarship provides $5,000 to one (1) African American, Afro-Latino, or Native American student enrolled in an accredited medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year. Eligible candidates must show a demonstrated interest in pursuing an Anesthesiology residency, and be committed to academic excellence, research, leadership, and service. The awarded Scholar is required to attend and present their research in Anesthesiology at the Scholarship virtual reception on October 6, 2021.

2021 Applications will be open from April 26, 2021 and will close on June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 in Spring 2021. Click here to view the 2020 Scholar’s presentation on health disparities research.

Application for 2020 is now closed and will not reopen until 2021. 

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 enrolled in an accredited US medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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. 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.

2021 Applications will be open from May 19, 2021 and will close on August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 for the 2021-2022 academic year, 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.

2021 Applications will be open from July 14, 2021 and will close on September 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Dr. Silas Norman, Jr. Scholarship

Established in 2020 by Dr. Marc Keshishian in memory of NMF Alumnus Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., this $5,000 need-based Scholarship will be awarded to an African American student enrolled at Wayne State School of Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic year, who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any new applications for 2021.

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 woman enrolled in an accredited medical school in New York. One (1) scholarship of $1,000 will be given to a Black woman who will have graduated from college or completed a post-baccalaureate program in New York by June of 2022, and who is currently applying to medical school to begin in Fall 2022 (2022-2023 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 SSMSMS 2022 Reception (TBD). 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.

2022 Applications will be open from November 15, 2021 and will close on January 20, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

Dr. Prentiss Taylor Scholarship

Established in 2020, this Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be given to one (1) underrepresented student in medicine, who is enrolled in an accredited US medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year and has demonstrated financial need, academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community service. As part of the application, students must discuss how they hope to make an impact in their career in healthcare.

2021 Applications will be open from July 14, 2021 and will close on September 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Dr. Felecia Williams – Aspiring Physicians Michigan Scholarship

Established in 2021 by NMF Alumna Dr. Felecia Williams, this $10,000 need-based scholarship will award three (3) medical students whose families have either participated in the great migration or are descendants of enslaved peoples, are first generation to go to college, have demonstrated interest in service to their community, and meet one of the following: 1) born and raised in Detroit, 2) attended an undergraduate school in Michigan, or 3) currently enrolled in a Michigan medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Applications will be open from June 30, 2021 and will close on August 15, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Dr. Felecia Williams Aspiring Physicians Scholarship – Eliminating Healthcare Disparities

Established in 2021 by NMF Alumna, Dr. Felecia Williams, this $10,000 need-based scholarship will award two (2) underrepresented students in medicine who are enrolled in an accredited US medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year. The selected Scholars must be in financial need, in good academic standing, and must demonstrate interest in returning to their communities and addressing healthcare disparities within. Preference will be given to individuals from the Detroit Metro Area and/or enrolled in a Michigan medical school.

There is no open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Dr. Richard Zapanta Scholarship

Established in 2019 in memory of Dr. Richard Zapanta, NMF Distinguished Alumnus and Former National Alumni Council Chair, this high distinction award of $7,500 is given to a Hispanic or Latino medical student, previously recognized by NMF, who embodies the qualities of Dr. Zapanta’s legacy in leadership and community service. The Scholar will be selected by NMF internally.

There is no open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

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 for the 2021-2022 academic year in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service. The Selected Scholar will be required to attend the Scholar Reception in early 2022. Click here to read the 2020 ESMA Scholar Bio.

2021 Applications will be open from November 8, 2021 and will close on December 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

Eurgia and Marlon Dianne Land Scholarship

Established in 2021 by NMF alumnus, Dr. Eurgia Land, this need-based scholarship provides a $5,000 award to an African American medical student, who is enrolled in an accredited medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year. It is preferred that the applicant have an interest in health care issues that impact rural populations and an interest in Primary Care medicine. The scholarship funds should be used for tuition fees and/or living expenses.

2021 Applications will be open from November 1, 2021 and will close on December 5, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

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 open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Genita Evangelista Johnson Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2018, this need-based Scholarship provides a $2,500 award to one (1) female African American current or recently graduated 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 in Fall 2021.

2021 Applications will be open from June 14, 2021 and will close on August 29, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Henrietta Lacks Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2021 by Margie Malone Tuckson and Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, this Scholarship honors the life of Henrietta Lacks and the invaluable impact she has made in the advancement of science and medicine. This $5,000 award will be given to an underrepresented student or resident at the University of South Alabama, who meets one of the following criteria: (1) a 4th year medical student, (2) an outstanding medical resident, or (3) a PhD student. The selected awardee will be required to share his or her thoughts on what Henrietta Lacks’ story has meant on a personal level. The Scholar will be presented with the Scholarship at a reception in May 2021 (Date TBD).

There is no open application for this Scholarship. Recipients are selected internally.

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 students in medicine enrolled in a Minnesota medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year, in recognition of leadership and community service.

2021 Applications will be open from July 14, 2021 and will close on September 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 underrepresented students in medicine enrolled in an accredited US medical school program for the 2021-2022 academic year and who demonstrate financial need as well as academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to service.

2021 Applications will be open from July 14, 2021 and will close on September 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

Established by the Manhattan Central Medical Society in 2014, this award provides a $2,500 scholarship to one (1) African American medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school the greater New York City area for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Selected Scholar will be required to attend the Scholar Reception in early 2022.

2021 Applications will be open from September 7, 2021 and will close on November 7, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

Marion and James L. Smith Scholarship Fund

Established in 2021 by Dr. Emily Smith in memory of her parents who always had a strong appreciation for education and academic excellence, this need-based Scholarship provides a $5,000 award to a 3rd generation African American male, born in the United States, and in his 1st or 2nd year of medical school at an accredited Michigan institution for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in primary care or community-based medicine and a desire to work in an urban area.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Applications will be open from June 14, 2021 and will close on August 29, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

Michigan Scholarship Fund

Established in 2019, this $5,000 Scholarship will be awarded to at least one (1) underrepresented students in medicine who are enrolled in an accredited medical school in the state of Michigan for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 2020-2021 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 Virtual 2020 NMA 118th Convention Scientific Assembly. The registration fee to attend the conference will be waived for each student Scholar.

Application for 2020 is now closed and will not reopen until 2021. 

NMA Emerging Scholars Infectious Disease Research Awards

Established in 2020, this award provides $11,500 to two (2) African American medical students (for the 2020-2021 Academic Year) who have demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in Infectious Diseases research and clinical trials. The two award recipients are required to attend, and will be presented with the scholarship at the Virtual 2020 NMA 118th Convention Scientific Assembly. The registration fee to attend the conference will be waived for each student Scholar.

Application for 2020 is now closed and will not reopen until 2021. 

NMF Cardiothoracic Surgery Scholarship

Established in 2020, this award will provide $5,000 to an underrepresented student in medicine enrolled in an accredited medical program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must demonstrate clinical interest in cardiothoracic surgery, as well as evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers.

2021 Applications will be open from May 3, 2021 and will close on June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

NMF Fitzbutler-Jones Alumni Society of the University of Michigan Scholarship Fund

Established in 2019, this need-based $5,000 Scholarship will be awarded to a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year African American student who is enrolled at the University of Michigan Medical School for the 2021-2022 academic year, and who has demonstrated excellence in academics and financial need.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 underrepresented students in medicine for the 2021-2022 academic year who have demonstrated evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to July 5, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

NMF Need Based Scholarships

Established to help address the rising costs of obtaining a medical degree, this need-based scholarship will provide $10,000 awards to twenty (20) 3rd or 4th year students underrepresented in medicine who are enrolled in a US accredited (MD/DO) program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must demonstrate their financial need by submitting their Financial Aid information, Student Aid Report, and any other appropriate financial documents for consideration. Applicants must also comment on how this scholarship would help to relieve the burden of tuition and living expenses, as well as advance their professional development.

2021 Applications will be open from Monday, October 18, 2021 and will close on December 5, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

NMF/NMA Florida Scholarship Fund

Established in 2020, this award will provide $5,000 to a 3rd or 4th year African American student enrolled in an accredited Florida medical program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The student must demonstrate evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers. As part of their application, students must comment on a health topic specific to Florida. The selected Scholar will be connected to the local NMA and assist with a project, that will include a presentation.

2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 9, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

The Sylvia Kelly Medical Scholarship for Health Equity

Established in 2021 by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), this Scholarship will provide one (1) $25,000 award to support a medical student who has a demonstrated interest in promoting health equity through reducing the Black maternal mortality gap. The recipient must be enrolled in an LCME-accredited US, MD-granting medical school, who comes from an historically underrepresented background, must have demonstrated financial need, and will be completing his or her 4th year of medical school during the 2022-2023 academic year, with an anticipated graduation in Spring 2023. This award must be used towards tuition fees or debt repayment.
Additionally, the selected Scholar may be invited to attend the ACAP annual meeting (Summer) or other event to meet with members of Congress. Costs of reasonable travel and lodging would be covered by ACAP.

2022 Applications will be open from January 15, 2022 and will close on April 30, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship

Established in 2013, this award provides a $8,500 scholarship to one (1) 2nd or 3rd year medical student of Black or African descent, who is currently enrolled in an accredited US medical program in California, and has demonstrated interest in Biomedicine. The awarded scholar will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program with a Grifols employee and will be invited to attend a upcoming NMF Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards. The mentoring program will involve a member of the Grifols Black Employee Alliance engaging the awarded recipient in periodic discussions (monthly to quarterly in frequency), coordinating opportunities to network with other industry experts internal and external to Grifols, and inviting the awarded recipient to our Grifols corporate location in Los Angeles (adhering to COVID-19 safety restrictions and protocols).

2021 Applications will be open from August 11, 2021 and EXTENDED until October 24th, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

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 students in medicine enrolled in an accredited New York metropolitan area medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year, 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 2021 NMF New York Champions of Health Awards.

2021 Applications will be open from April 26, 2021 and will close on June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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 open application for this Scholarship. Recipient is selected internally.

Mr. Willie James Williams Scholarship

Established in 2021 by NMF Alumna Dr. Felecia Williams in memory of her father, this $10,000 need-based scholarship will award one (1) medical student whose family has either participated in the great migration or is a descendant of enslaved peoples, is first generation to go to college, has demonstrated interest in service to the community, and meets one of the following: 1) born and raised in Detroit, 2) attended an undergraduate school in Michigan, or 3) currently enrolled in a Michigan medical school for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Applications will be open from June 30, 2021 and will close on August 15, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications for 2021 are closed and will reopen in 2022. 

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, 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 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Applications will be open from September 13, 2021 and will close on November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

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