Established in 2013, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has partnered with National Medical Fellowships (NMF) to offer the Diverse Medical Scholars Program.

This is a service-learning program designed to increase the number of qualified medical providers who have a commitment to improving access to quality health care in medically underserved communities. This program is a renewable scholarship that provides a $7,000 award to qualified second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students. Selected scholars must be enrolled in a medical school for the 2022-23 academic year located in the U.S., identify as a student underrepresented in medicine, and have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to underserved communities. All scholars are required to complete a 200-hour self-directed community health project with a community site of their choice.

Applications are open now through October 24, 2022.

Program Structure and Timeline

Scholars are required to complete their program requirements between December 2022 and June 2023. Program requirements include:

  • 200 service-learning hours with a community site of choice located in an underserved community
  • Attend orientation (December 2022)
  • Write a report on a community health project (April 2023 – June 2023)
  • Create a poster to be displayed at the program's culminating event (April 2023 – June 2023)
  • Develop an accompanying PowerPoint presentation (April 2023 – June, 2023)
  • Deliver an oral presentation (June 2023)
  • Scholars are also highly encouraged to attend the UHF Forum in Washington, D.C. (June 2023)
  • Participate in the program's culminating event in Washington, D.C. (June 2023)
  • Complete evaluations – pre- and post-program surveys (scholar & mentor)

Scholar Eligibility

Ethnicity/Race: Underrepresented in Medicine

  • African American/Black
  • Afro-Latino
  • Cambodian
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native American
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Pacific Islander
  • Vietnamese

Gender: Any

School Year: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

School State: All

Enrolled Program: DO, DO/PhD, MD, MD/PhD

About the United Health Foundation

Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation (UHF) provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities.