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There are many scholarship opportunities available for currently enrolled and incoming medical students for the upcoming academic year. 

School of Medicine Scholarship Opportunities

Generally, two types of scholarships exist: Those for which you apply directly to the sponsoring agency and scholarships that are awarded by the School of Medicine Scholarship Committee.  Scholarship awards that are determined by the Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity will be based on the School of Medicine scholarship application and reviewed by the Scholarship Committee as well.

School of Medicine scholarships are generally nonrenewable and may be based on financial need and/or merit, as well as responses to the questions on the application. Please be aware that only those who complete the School of Medicine scholarship application will be considered for a scholarship, and you must reapply each year.

Scholarship Eligibility

Recipients of the Kansas Medical Student Loan (KMSL), National Health Service Corp Scholarship, Indian Health Service Scholarship, military scholarship or students enrolled in a combined degree program are ineligible for School of Medicine scholarships.

All other interested students are eligible and their applications will be evaluated for all opportunities.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

  • For all currently enrolled students, additional information can be found on the Student Affairs SharePoint site
  • All incoming students will receive an email with a specific deadline date based on their date of acceptance. 
  • Applications received after specified deadlines will not be considered.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program
The Air Force offers Health Professions Scholarships for three and four-year periods. The scholarship pays for full tuition, required fees, textbooks, small equipment and related supplies. Recipients also receive more than a monthly allowance for living expenses. The Air Force also offers financial incentives allowing you to complete residency training at your current hospital.

AMWA Medical Education Scholarships - The American Medical Women's Association awards scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA.  Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered. 

  • Prize: $500
  • Deadline: September 15 and October 1.

Army's Health Professions Scholarship Program - The Army offers the F. Edward Herbert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). If you qualify, you could earn a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly allowance.

Chinese American Physicians Society - The CAPS Scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race or color. The applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial needs, community service records and their views on the practice of medicine as expressed in their essays. 

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship- The Chinese American Medical Society offers scholarships to first, second or third-year medical and/or dental students and scientists to promote the scientific association of medical professionals of Chinese descent.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships - The ESA Foundation is a nonprofit organization pledged to develop philanthropic activities of volunteers, provide assistance to established programs that serve human needs and provide new programs to improve the quality of life. You do not have to be an ESA member to apply for a scholarship.

Executive Women International Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship(ASIST) - The ASIST Scholarship Program helps provide financial support to adult students in a variety of transitional situations and is available to those facing economic, social or physical challenges who are looking to improve their situation through education. 

Hays Memorial Scholarship - Medical students who are natives of Johnson, Miami, Franklin or Linn counties and are currently enrolled in an accredited medical school are invited to apply for the annual Hays Scholarship sponsored by the physicians and medical staff of Olathe Medical Center. This scholarship was established in remembrance of the late Dr. Larry V. Hays, a former Olathe Health surgeon.

Health Education Impact Scholarship - This scholarship recognizes the importance of pursuing the best education possible. The program is designed to help recognize the contributions and importance of proper preparation and training in pursuit of a health education career.

Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program - The Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1985 to invest in the young Hispanic people of the Greater Kansas City Area by providing grants to both entering and continuing college students. The program will operate throughout the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area generally defined as Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. Award criterion focuses on a combination of the student's academic merit, financial need and community involvement.

  • Prize: Up to $2,000.
  • Deadline: March 1.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)- HSF General Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree.  Scholarships are available to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students. 

  • Prize: $500-$5,000
  • Deadline: mid-February.

Indian Health Service Scholarship - The Health Professions Scholarship Program under the Indian Health Service Scholarship is for American Indian and Alaska Native students, who are members of their Tribe (federally recognized only) and enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is committed to encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and to assuring the availability of Indian health professionals to service Indians. 

International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons Health Career Scholarships - Since May of 1976, the IOKDS Health Careers Scholarship Department has provided scholarships to students in health career fields. Students must be citizens of the United States or Canada and be studying at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada. Medical students who have completed their first year of an accredited medical school are eligible to apply. 

Japanese Medical Society of America Scholarship - Applicants of Japanese ancestry who are enrolled in an accredited medical, dental or nursing school are eligible to apply. The JMSA is looking for applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America. 

Kent E. Palmberg, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship - The Kent E. Palmberg, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship was established in 2016 in honor and celebration of 38 years of leadership provided by Kent Palmberg, M.D., as the chief medical officer at Stormont Vail Health and the 14th physician to join the Cotton O'Neil medical group. The scholarship is available to a third year medical student attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation - The Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation awards multiple scholarships to support academic studies leading to a career in a medical or healthcare discipline. Applicants must have lived in Lee's Summit for a period of at least five years or have graduated from an area high school and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Mary and Melvin Grubb Medical Scholarship - KU Medical Center medical students who are Master Masons or members of the Eastern Star in Kansas or who are children or grandchildren of Master Masons or members of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kansas are eligible to receive this scholarship award. 

Dr. John J. Mingenback Memorial Scholarship - The Mingenback family has created a scholarship fund within the Golden Belt Community Foundation for aspiring health practitioners which encourages personal and professional commitment to the community.  Applicants must be from Barton, Pawnee, Rush, or Stafford County, Kansas, be enrolled (or going to be) at an undergraduate or graduate school, be majoring in a health/medical related field and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships - DAR offers a variety of scholarships specific to those pursuing a medical career. Each can be renewed annually for up to four years. 

National Health Service Corps Scholarship - The NHSC Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship open to eligible students in a variety of primary health care disciplines who have career goals that include practicing in underserved areas. Scholarships are awarded in exchange for a student's commitment to practice in a community with a current shortage of health professionals. 

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program - The Navy Health Professions Scholarship benefits include full tuition and books, required fees and a monthly stipend. After graduation, you will automatically become an officer of the Navy Medical Corps and practice your specialty in more than 100 ports of call around the world.

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program - The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care.  By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty.

Point Foundation Scholarship Program - Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship granting organization for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.  Point provides support through multiyear scholarships, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all of its applicants and subsequent scholars. Proven leadership and a desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. 

SignatureCare Emergency Center Student Scholarship - SignatureCare Emergency Center helps medical students or prospective medical students financially as they continue their higher education. The scholarship is awarded once per semester.

  • Prize: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 15 and January 2.

TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship - The makers of Tylenol provide scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance. 

  • Prize: $5,000-$10,000
  • Deadline: July 1.

Vida M., Dorothy C., and Vivian M., Archer Scholarship Fund - The Archer sisters created a scholarship fund for students from Barton County who demonstrate financial need. The Archers wished to help students that are truly in need of financial assistance in order to further their education. Students may reapply for this scholarship each year through graduate school and preference shall be given to that student if they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester.  

White Coat Investor Scholarship  
The White Coat Investor is a for-profit business but its primary purpose is to help those who wear the white coat get a fair shake. Medical, dental or other professional degree students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

  • Prize: Amounts vary.
  • Deadline: August 31.

Women in Medicine LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship
Women in Medicine (WIM) is an organization that seeks to support and empower lesbian and other sexual minority female physicians, including residents and medical students. The scholarships are for female medical students enrolled in their first, second or third year of allopathic, osteopathic or naturopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada.

  • Prize: $5,000 (two awards given).
  • Deadline: March 15.

Zola and Lawrence Nell Educations Trust - The Commerce Trust Company
Scholarship amounts vary. Applicants must be studying in the field of medicine and be a graduate of a high school in Sedgwick County, Kansas (iWichita, Kansas area). Grants and renewals may be conditioned upon such grantees engaging in the practice of the health profession for which they have received educational support, the period of time and the location of practice (Sedgwick County or the State of Kansas) to be agreed upon on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Prize: Amounts vary.
  • Deadline: March 15.
KU School of Medicine

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3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160-7303
Phone: 913-588-1483