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 2nd-4th year medical students. Selected scholars must be enrolled in a medical school for the 2021-22 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.

Scholars are required to complete their program requirements between December 2021 and June 2022. Program requirements include:

  • 200 service-learning hours with a community site of choice located in an underserved community
  • Attend orientation (December 2021)
    Write a report on a community health project (April 2022 – June 2022)
  • Create a poster to be displayed at the program's culminating event (April 2022 – June 2022)
  • Develop an accompanying PowerPoint presentation (April 2022 – June, 2022)
  • Deliver an oral presentation (June 2022)
  • Scholars are also highly encouraged to attend the UHF Forum in Washington, D.C. (June 2022 – Dates TBD)
  • Participate in the program Culminating event in Washington, D.C. (June 22 – Dates TBD)
  • Complete evaluations – pre- and post-program surveys (scholar & mentor)

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.


 African American/Black, Afro-Latino, Cambodian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Underrepresented in Medicine, Vietnamese

Gender: Any

School Year: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

School State: All

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