Medical School Scholarships That Will Help You Pay for College

By Unigo

Can you get a full scholarship to medical school?

There is an urgent need for more pre-med and medical school students. By 2030, the U.S. will face a shortage of doctors that could reach 120,000. This shortage of doctors is good news for students who want to go to medical school. Schools are now offering more scholarships and grants to pay your college tuition. Some schools even offer free tuition.

New York University (NYU) has started paying full tuition for medical school students. Kaiser Medical school has also. Whether you are able to find a free med school program or not, there are ways to have your college tuition paid.

15 Pre Med Scholarships to Apply For

Scholarship Name

$ Amount



Paul Cole Scholarship Award

$500 to $1,000

January 31

The Society of Nuclear Medicine welcomes applicants who have career aspirations in the nuclear medicine technology field.

Crusade Scholarship


February 1

Open to minority (African American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.) students who are active members of the United Methodist Church or affiliated churches.

Behavioral Sciences Student Fellowship


March 22

This Epilepsy Foundation scholarship is available to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the behavioral sciences who have an epilepsy-related field of study.

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund Scholarship


Last Friday in March

This scholarship, offered yearly, is merit-based and open to civilian federal and postal employees, their spouses and college-age dependents.

Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program


April 14

This scholarship is for students studying a major that has been designated as a priority career by the Indian Health Service and who have plans to serve an Alaskan Native or Native American community as a healthcare provider or medical doctor after graduation.

Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship


May 1

This scholarship is available to students who have shown commitment to the medical field. Applicants will be selected based on academic merit and financial need.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program

$5,000 and $10,000

May 20

Be enrolled or admitted to a college or university majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Tylenol Future Care Scholars

$5,000 and $10,000

June 27

Students enrolled in a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy are eligible. The scholarship is aimed at students who want to work in direct patient/doctor practices.

Health Resources and Service Administration Bureau of Health Professions Scholarship

Up to $15,000

June 30

Scholarship is for full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate financial need. Students must be studying in a health field, such as pre-med, medicine, nursing, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.

National Hispanic Health Foundation


September 26

Targets Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care and enrolled full-time in medical, nursing, dental, public health and policy schools. Applicants are not required to be Hispanic.

Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Scholarship



This $2,000 scholarship is available to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in public health, biochemistry, nursing, medicine, occupational health, or pre-med related disciplines. Students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible.

HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students



The HRSA Scholarship is for students from a disadvantaged background who are currently attending a school of medicine, dentistry, or a related allied health field.

James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

$100 to $5,000


Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Applicants must submit an essay on the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Average $12,000


The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is a grant offered to American students to finish an undergraduate degree in any field of interest including pre-med.

Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship



This scholarship grant is for undergraduate students who want to pursue degrees in the fields of biology, pre-med and medicine, nursing, engineering, and physics.


20 Medical School Scholarships to Apply for in 2019

Scholarship Name




Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)


January 15

JMSA offers scholarship funding to medical students who have the potential to contribute to the Japanese-American relationship through the medical field.  JMSA also considers students who demonstrate academic excellence and show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America.

AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship


Feb. 1

Nominees must be rising fourth year medical students from underrepresented groups in the medical profession.

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program

$7,000* ($5,000 stipend; $2,000 travel scholarship)

March 1

The ASH program includes research and mentoring components. Mentoring begins during the research phase and continues throughout medical school and residency. Eligible students are minority medical students enrolled in a DO, MD, or MD/PhD program.

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program


March 1

The scholarship is awarded based on work experience, academic record, demonstrated interest in primary care, experience and interest in working with native Hawaiian populations in community-based or rural settings. The award comes with a service obligation.

Aetna Foundation/NMF Healthcare Leadership Program




March 13 (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia), April 10 (Los Angeles), and August 14 (Chicago).

For students in their second or third year of medical school who  come from an underrepresented minority group. Applicants should show their dedication to community service as well as their leadership abilities. Must be attending medical school in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, or anywhere in New Jersey or Connecticut.

Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarships (CAPS)



CAPS scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid.  The applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial need, community service records and practice of medicine essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after graduation.

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship


April 30

The society offers scholarships to current medical students. Preferences will be given to proposals studying problems related to health problems of the Chinese.

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship (AAMC)



For students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States.

Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund (MA)

$100 to $4,000

June 1

Restricted to residents of Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn who have been accepted to an accredited medical school.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Research Scholarships


June 2

Seven scholarships are awarded to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year medical students from underrepresented minority groups. Students must attend medical school in New York City. Scholarship applicants must submit a project proposal.

Ty Cobb Educational Foundation


June 15

Medical students who are residents of the state of Georgia, with demonstrated financial need and scholastic merit are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Website.  Application deadline: June 15.

US Bank: Arthur and Dorren Parrett Scholarship Fund (WA)

$900 to $2,100

July 31

Eligible applicants must be Washington state residents at time of application and must have completed the first year of study in an accredited medical school. Financial need and academic merit are also selection criteria.

Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Scholarships


September 30

Several scholarships available and awarded by county of residence. Must be resident at time of high school graduation or for at least four years prior to medical school.  

Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award





This National Medical Fellowships association scholarship is awarded to an African American woman who is a known descendant of American slaves, and who is enrolled in an accredited US medical school program. Applicants must demonstrate interest in gynecology and/or women’s health.

City Doctors Scholarship

Full and Partial Scholarships


Each City Doctor scholarship benefits hospitals in need of primary care doctors. Each scholarship is unique and has its own terms, conditions and application process. 

The White Coat Investor Scholarship

$10,000 to $50,000


The scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry etc.

National Medical Fellowships

$500 to $10,000


Offered to first and second-year medical students. Eligible students are United States citizens from groups currently underrepresented in the medical profession.

Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship Program



Scholarship is open to second and third-year medical students who are members of an underrepresented minority.  Must be enrolled in a Minnesota medical school to be eligible.

A few medical schools are changing how we pay for medical school

NYU Medical School and Kaiser Permanente Medical School are two offering free tuition.

NYU offers free tuition. The tuition-free program is not merit based nor need based. The goal of the scholarship is to create a diverse group of doctors.

“A population as diverse as ours is best served by doctors from all walks of life, we believe, and aspiring physicians and surgeons should not be prevented from pursuing a career in medicine because of the prospect of overwhelming financial debt,” says Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean of NYU School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Langone Health.

The yearly tuition is $55,018, and this tuition cost is covered entirely by the scholarship. The scholarship applies to all students accepted into NYU Medical School.

Kaiser Permanente will open its medical school in 2020. The focus of the medical program is a more integrated approach to medicine. As a student there, you would spend your first year working in a “clerkship” alongside physicians, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.

Kaiser wants its doctors to be advocates for their patients. The tuition cost will be $55,000. The scholarship will pay full tuition for the first five classes of students.

Looking for more scholarships?

Find your most promising matches with our Scholarship Match Quiz.  The Quiz uses a proprietary algorithm to connect you with your best scholarship and grant matches.  The Unigo database includes more than 3.6 million scholarships and grants worth over $15 billion.