Paying for medical school is costly and many med students assume debt to pay for their medical education. However, there are several scholarship and loan repayment programs (see my other blog post on that topic here) to help students defray the cost of medical school.
In addition, several medical schools provide scholarships for students, although these are hard to get and relatively rare. Some of the schools which offer scholarships are the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Washington University, the University of Michigan, Mayo, and Emory. For students interested in pursuing MD-PhD training the Medical Scientist Training Program provides full-tuition support. A recent article in US News describes several additional scholarships provided by foundations and other organizations. The American Medical Association also provides some funding for medical students. The website for the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago provides a list of outside scholarships which medical school applicants will likely find useful. In addition, Mayo provides a list of available resources. The American Medical Women’s Association also lists funding sources. The University of Virginia also maintains a rather extensive list of scholarship possibilities. There may be some overlap between these listings but I include them to be as comprehensive as possible.
To get a scholarship for medical school you must be proactive and seek out opportunities. Do your research to identify which scholarships for which you may be eligible. At some schools, applicants are simply plucked out of the pool and notified that they have been selected or are under consideration—applicants do not specifically apply for these awards. For some foundation-based awards, however, awardees must apply. Go through the list of possibilities on the financial aid websites of various medical schools to determine what you may be eligible for, then apply widely. Good luck!
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting