Medical Students Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the College of Medicine receives application information from organizations such as the American Medical Association. Applications submitted by students are reviewed and processed by the College of Medicine Scholarship Selection Committee.

The Minority Scholars Award

In Association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative

The cost of medical education continues to increase, while the number of federally funded assistance programs continues to decrease. This unfortunate reality is leaving many minority medical students saddled with an overwhelming financial burden. To help provide monetary assistance to these aspiring physicians, while promoting diversity in the medical environment, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has created the Minority Scholars Award. These $10,000 awards are presented annually to 10 medical students from groups historically underrepresented in the medical profession. The awards are offered in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium, with support from the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.

The Minority Scholars Award recognizes personal commitment to improving minority health status, scholastic achievement and financial need among minority students. The College of Medicine Scholarship Committee may submit up to two (2) nominations to the AMA Foundation for consideration. (Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.)

Eligibility

Eligible nominees must be:

  • medical students demonstrating financial need from one of the underrepresented minority groups listed below. Receipt of this scholarship will count towards the recipients' second- or third-year medical school costs.
    • African-American/Black
    • American Indian
    • Native Hawaiian
    • Alaska Native
    • Hispanic/Latino
  • permanent resident or citizen of the United States in their first or second year at an accredited US medical school.

Required Application Materials

  1. Applicant information form and student financial statement [download]
  2. Three supporting letters:
    • Personal statement outlining career goals in the field of medicine (max one typed page with 10-to-12 pt font)
    • Signed letter of recommendation from the office of the dean or dean's designate
    • Signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the medical school
  3. Official medical school transcript

Award

In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, each recipient is invited to attend the AMA Annual Meeting. All travel and expenses incurred will be covered by the AMA Foundation.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the College of Medicine Scholarship Selection Committee no later than March 15.

Return completed application to:

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
910 Madison Avenue, Ste. 1043
Memphis, Tennessee 38163

The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships

An increase in the average student debt load, combined with the declining availability of scholarship opportunities, is presenting a serious obstacle in the way of medical education. To help ease the financial burden on medical students, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, with support from the AMA Alliance, has created The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships.

The College of Medicine Scholarship Committee may submit up to one (1) nomination for each of the different Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship opportunities for a total of four (4) nominations to the AMA Foundation for consideration.

Each $10,000 scholarship is based on separate eligibility requirements.

  • The AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships: Selection is based on academic excellence and financial need. Ten students may receive this award.
  • The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship, funded by the Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Fund: Selection is based on a commitment to a career in medical journalism. One student may receive this award.
  • The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship, funded by the Audio-Digest Foundation: Selection is based on a commitment to "the communication of science." Activities such as mentoring and/or teaching are examples of the communication of science. One student may receive this award.
  • The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship, funded by the Rock Sleyster Fund: Selection is based on a commitment to a career in psychiatry. One student may receive this award.

Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship application information sheet

Eligibility

Eligible nominees must be:

  • rising seniors, chosen for the award during their third year of medical school;
  • currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school;
  • permanent residents or citizens of the United States;
  • nominated by their medical school dean or dean's designate.

Required Application Materials

  • Applicant information form and student financial statement [download]
  • Personal statement outlining career goals in the field of medicine (not to exceed one (1) page);
  • Letter of recommendation from the office of the Dean or dean's designate;
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the medical school;
  • Official medical school transcript.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the College of Medicine Scholarship Selection Committee no later than April 29. Send required application materials to:

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
910 Madison Avenue, Ste. 1043
Memphis, Tennessee 38163

Alpha Omega Alpha Awards Program

The dollar value of programs available to each Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society chapters from the national AOA office is approximately $8000.00 per year. These programs are not restricted to AOA members, but are open to all students at each school. For information on applying for any Alpha Omega Alpha Awards programs, please visit the UTHSC Alpha Omega Alpha Beta Tennessee Chapter Honors & Awards Program OR the Alpha Omega Alpha national office Programs web page.

AOA Medical Student Service Project Award

The purpose of the AOA Medical Student Service Projects Award is to aid the establishment or expansion of a medical student service project benefiting the medical school or the local community, and to recognize students who dedicate their time and effort to these endeavors. Only one proposal will be accepted from a school during an academic year. Any medical student or group of students at a school with an active AOA chapter is eligible to apply. AOA membership is not required.

AOA Student Research Fellowships

In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five Student Research Fellowship Awards in order to encourage and support student research. Since then the awards have grown in number and dollar amount, and the board now allocates up to $225,000 annually for this project. Up to 50 fellowships may be awarded annually to students in their first, second, or third year (fourth-year students are not eligible). Each will provide $5000 to the student for support of the proposed research and $1000 reimbursement for travel to a national meeting to present results.

AOA Student Essay Awards

Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards encourages medical students to address nontechnical topics in medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society instituted this competition to recognize and reward excellent and thoughtful student compositions. Prizes include $2000 first for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place, and up to three honorable mention awards of $250 each. Prizes will be paid after the receipt of required documentation. To be eligible, authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active chapters (Class of 2008 or later), but need not be members of AOA. Only one entry may be submitted by an author.

The Pharos Poetry Competition

The Pharos Poetry Competition is designed to encourage medical students to write poetry on medical subjects. The Pharos has instituted this competition to recognize and reward excellent and thoughtful student compositions. Prizes include $500 for first place; $250 for second place; and $100 for third place. To be eligible, authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active AOA chapters (Class of 2008 or later), but need not be members of AOA. Only one entry may be submitted by an author.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Medical Student Scholarship

Kaiser Permanente has a long tradition and commitment to the training of future physicians. In keeping with the spirit of our founders, we are pleased to offer up to ten $5,000 scholarships to medical students who demonstrate an interest in giving back to their community and their profession. Scholarships are available in the areas of population based research and community involvement/leadership.

Last year's recipients represented medical schools from across the United States, including the University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSF, University of Arkansas, UC Davis and Vanderbilt University.

Interested third year medical students may visit the Kaiser Permanente site to learn more, complete an online application or view the scholarship flyer.

UTHSC Financial Aid Office

To find out more about how and when to obtain general information regarding the financial aid process at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, please contact:

UTHSC Financial Aid Office
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 520
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Telephone: (901) 448-5560 | Email: fao@uthsc.edu

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Office of Student Affairs

910 Madison Ave, #1043
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5684
Fax: (901) 448-7085

Associate Dean

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.