Scholarships are available to help minority students offset the high cost of pre-medicine studies and other expenses during medical school. Some groups considered as minorities are American-Indians, Latinos, African-Americans and Alaska Natives. Students must meet the guidelines and criteria to be considered for the funds. All students applying for these scholarships must be preparing for or actively pursing a pre-medicine degree.
Indian Health Services
Indian Health Services have scholarships for state- or federally-recognized American Indians and Alaska Natives. Students must enroll or be enrolled in pre-medicine courses that will ultimately lead to a bachelor's degree to be considered for the awards. Submit proof of citizenship, a tribal or faculty recommendation letter and a statement of your career goals, why you want the scholarship and how you plan to serve the Indian community after graduation. Awards are paid over a ten-month school year for up to four years, eight years for part-time students. Applications are available and may be submitted on the Indian Health Services website, www.scholarship.ihs.gov/
Student National Medical Association
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest student run organization by African Americans and has opened its doors to serve other minorities of color. It offers 10 Kaplan scholarships in the amount of $1000 each with a goal of increasing the number of African Americans and other people of color completing medical school. Consideration for the awards is based on membership in the association, participation in association sponsored events, letters of recommendation from a chapter president, a chapter advisor or a regional director, resumes, academic transcripts and financial transcripts. Applications and all documents--except transcripts--should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial and academic transcripts must be mailed to SNMA Scholarships.
SNMA Scholarships c/o Raquel C. Jones 5113 Georgia Ave. NW Washington, DC 20011 202-882-2881 snma.org/
Latino Medical Student Association
The Latino Medical Student Association offers the “Si Se Puede” Medical School Application Scholarship, the Janine Gonzalez MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Scholarship and the "Dr David E. Hayes Bautista" Undergraduate Scholarship. The “Si Se Peude” helps pre-medicine Latino students with the cost of applying to medical schools, the MCAT scholarship will provide a voucher to cover the cost of a study course to help students prepare to take the MCAT and the Dr Bautista gives a $1000 award to a pre-medicine student. Consideration for theses awards is based on financial need, academics, personal qualities and extracurricular activities. The Dr Bautista also requires a commitment to the Latino community. All requested material along with the applications sent to the association, www.lmsa.net, must be submitted to the Vice President of Scholarships via email, VP_Scholarship@lmsa.net.