NMF Is There

In these difficult and uncertain times, financial assistance to minority medical students from underrepresented communities is more crucial than ever. National Medical Fellowships is there to provide some help.

We know how important it is to help students maintain their financial stability during the critical final semesters of medical school so that they can focus on the future – a future of service to their communities and the nation as a whole.

About The Fund

This innovative fund, established in 2008, provides a means to address 3rd and 4th year underrepresented minority medical school students whose continuation in medical school is severely threatened due to a financial crisis. Typically students apply for this assistance when circumstances beyond their control have created a financial hardship that makes it difficult to continue in medical school. The emergency must be sudden, unexpected, and unbudgeted. Applications, deemed eligible depending on financial need, will be reviewed for award by the ESF Advisory Committee.

Emergency scholarships are non-renewable scholarships and applicants cannot be receiving another NMF Scholarship at the time of application.

Generally, it is expected that the request will not exceed $5,000.


The NMF Emergency Scholarship Fund is open to underrepresented minority students who are US citizens, and enrolled in accredited medical or osteopathic medicine schools located in the US.

Application Instructions

Send a short paragraph to scholarships@nmfonline.org that describes your immediate, extreme financial need, and your reason for application to the NMF Emergency Scholarship Fund.

If you qualify for an Emergency Scholarship, you will receive a paper application that once completed will be reviewed by the ESF Advisory Committee. An application does not guarantee scholarship award.

Qualified applicants must submit for review:

  • Two essays, one explaining the immediate financial need; and the other detailing an interest in a career in medicine
  • All documents supporting financial status
  • Letter of support from the Financial Aid Director.

Please note: the Emergency Scholarship Fund is not accepting applications at this time. If you have questions or concerns, please contact scholarships@nmfonline.org.