Scholarships and Grants in Aid

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine recognizes that medical education is becoming more costly each year, both for the school and the student.  To that end, the School of Medicine has made the raising of funds for scholarships for medical students a priority.  In partnership with the OHSU Foundation, we intend to increase that list as we continue to find solutions to student indebtedness.

  • For questions about the School of Medicine scholarships, contact Lisa Allen, Project Coordinator for UME Student Affairs and Scholarships, at 503-494-2240 or
  • For inquiries about financial aid packages, tuition and fees, and student loan disbursements, contact the Financial Aid Office at 503-494-7800 or
  • If you would like more information about the Student Debt Counseling and Financial Management Program available to MD students, or are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting, contact Mike Matheny, Manager of the Educational Debt Counseling and Financial Management Program, at 503-494-7872 or

OHSU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED DURING ADMISSIONS

  • School of Medicine President’s Scholarship

This scholarship will cover $12,000 towards tuition. The scholarship is eligible for renewal in each of the four years of attendance as long as the recipient fulfills scholarship eligibility requirements including maintaining successful academic progress during medical school and participation in a school leadership activity coordinated by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. Two to four students are selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU.

  • Future Physician Achievement Award

Four to six students are selected to receive this scholarship annually based upon achievement and commitment to diversity. The scholarship is eligible for renewal in each of the four years of attendance as long as the recipient fulfills scholarship eligibility requirements including maintaining successful academic progress during medical school and participation in a school leadership activity coordinated by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. Students are selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU.

  • Pilar A. Bradshaw M.D. Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Medicine

The Pilar A. Bradshaw Scholarship is awarded every four years, intended to be entirely merit-based, and awarded to one of the top ranked applicants for the School of Medicine. One $25,000 scholarship is awarded and is renewable for a maximum of four years to apply toward tuition and fees.  The scholarship honors Dr. Pilar A. Bradshaw who is an Oregon native and 1995 OHSU School of Medicine graduate where she was valedictorian.  She subsequently completed her pediatric residency at OHSU, and is a beloved and nationally recognized practicing pediatrician in Eugene, Oregon.  It is the hope of the scholarship donors that the recipients of this scholarship will pursue their careers with vigor and appreciation for the trust people place in their physicians to provide them with the best care possible. Learn more

  • Swindells Family Leadership Scholarship

This scholarships is for medical students who are Oregon residents or who have Oregon heritage. Students are selected for an interview upon demonstration of leadership and academic achievement. The recipients of this scholarship will receive $20,000 toward their tuition while enrolled as medical students. This scholarship is eligible for renewal in each of the four years of attendance as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress. Four students are selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU, but this scholarship opportunity also awards two scholarships to both second and third-year medical students which is eligible for renewal in each of their remaining years in medical school. Learn more

  • Nelson R. (Sam) Niles, MD and Esther D. (Susie) Niles Scholarship

This scholarship, named after Sam and Susie Niles for their lifelong commitments to medical education and community service, was created by the Niles family to alleviate the financial pressure for medical students. This scholarship will award $18,000 to one incoming student to be applied to their tuition and fees, and is eligible for renewal for up to four years of medical education. This scholarship intends to award a student that displays the values of hard work and a commitment to education, who has come from a financially disadvantaged background, and who has faced challenges in their pursuit of medical education. Students are selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU.

  • Myungja Mia Lee, MD Scholarship

Dr. Myungja Mia Lee came to OHSU after having studied nursing in her homeland of Korea, and with the support of her family, chose to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Lee created this scholarship to help increase diversity in the student body as a way to enrich the quality of education provided by OHSU. This one time scholarship awards approximately $2,000-3,000 to one student at the time of admission to OHSU.

  • Dr. & Mrs. Byong Uk Chung Fund

Established by Dr. and Mrs. Byong Uk Chung, this scholarship awards one student the amount of $10,000. It is intended to be given to a first generation student for whom English is a second language. Each year’s recipient is selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED DURING MEDICAL SCHOOL

  • General Scholarship Fund

In the fall term of each academic year, a partial scholarship towards tuition is equitably dispersed to all medical students who are in good academic standing and who do not already possess a significant scholarship as determined by the School of Medicine. The amount fluctuates yearly according to the number of students and available funds.

  • Swindells Family Leadership Scholarship

This is a scholarship for medical students who are Oregon residents or have Oregon heritage. Second and third year medical students are selected for an interview upon demonstration of leadership and academic achievement. The recipients of this scholarship will receive $20,000 toward their tuition and it is eligible for renewal in the remainder of their medical education as long as the recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress. The application and interview process takes place in winter and spring terms. Learn more

  • Annual Awards for Excellence

Eight Annual Awards for Excellence in the amount of $2,000 are awarded yearly to third-year students who are in good academic standing and who have demonstrated humanistic traits and who have likely been nominated for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. There is no application process and selected students will be notified in spring term.

  • Dean's Fund for Excellence Scholarship

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence will award six scholarships to second-year students in the amount of $5,000. To be considered for this award, students must be in the top 10% of their class and display potential for professional development and excellent communication skills. Based upon the criteria, students will be invited to apply in winter and spring terms.

  • Earl DuBois, MD Scholarship

In connection with the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, this scholarship is awarded every four years to one second-year student in the amount of $15,000 to be renewable for four years (Since the student is a 2nd year, they will receive $30,000 towards their tuition in their second year and $15,000 for their 3rd year and 4th year). To be considered for this award, students must be in the top 10% of their class and display potential for professional development and excellent communication skills. Based upon the criteria, students will be invited to apply for the Dean’s Fund for Excellence in winter and spring terms, and the top candidate will receive the DuBois scholarship.

  • Outstanding Medical Student Scholarship

The School of Medicine Scholarship Committee awards four $10,000 scholarships to outstanding medical students in each class (twelve awards total) who have demonstrated and sustained an exceptional performance in one or more areas at OHSU.  First-year students are invited to apply in winter or spring term, and second, third, and fourth-year students are invited to apply in fall term. 

  • Edwin C. Cadman, MD Scholarship

This scholarship is named for the late Edwin C. Cadman, MD,  OHSU Alumnus, and 1971 Gold Headed Cane Awardee, who valued excellence in the practice of medicine, teaching, biomedical research, and academic leadership. This scholarship will award approximately $3,000 to one fourth-year student who has the highest GPA in conjunction with the most demonstrable debt. Based upon the criteria, there is no application process and the award winner will be notified in fall term.

  • J. R. Walsh Memorial Scholarship

The J. R. Walsh, MD Memorial Fund awards one second-year student approximately $2500 who demonstrates an interest in geriatric care and education. Students will be invited to apply in winter or spring term.

  • Wendell Memorial Scholarship

The Wendell Memorial Scholarship Fund awards a $2500 scholarship to one student from any class who has shown interest in cardiology and/or cardiovascular medicine. Students will be invited to apply in winter or spring term.

  • Robert L. Bacon Fund

The Robert L. Bacon fund supports one or more student-led projects or programs, and typically awards grant amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The fund underwrites the cost of OHSU medical students’ education programs and projects, with an emphasis on value-added programs reaching beyond the core curricular requirements. Students from any class will be invited to submit applications for funding in spring term.


OHSU SCHOLARSHIPS, NON-SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The following OHSU scholarships are available to MD students, but do not come through the School of Medicine. Each scholarship, their respective eligibility criteria, and award amount are subject to change on a yearly basis. If you would like more information about these scholarships, it is suggested to contact the department or organization directly.

Better health outcomes are achieved when patients visit healthcare providers with similar backgrounds.  To ensure that OHSU graduate students help address the healthcare needs of Oregon, the region, and the US, the President’s Fund will provide grant-in-aid to qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become health professionals.  Where possible, priority will be given to resident students as defined by the OHSU Oregon Heritage Policy.  A grant-in-aid will be provided to approximately five medical students admitted each year for the entire length of their program.  Students are selected for this grant-in-aid at the time of admission to OHSU.

  • Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative, Full Grant-In-Aid – Through the Provost’s Office

The Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative was established in 2013 by the State of Oregon to address two critical challenges that exist when educating health providers for the state of Oregon: the high cost of tuition for students and the mal-distribution of providers throughout the state. The Oregon Legislature allocated funding to be used to cover tuition and fees for incoming medical students who also agree to practice as a health care practitioner in an OHSU-approved Oregon designated service site for one year longer than the number of years for which the student receives funding. The Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative funding is awarded annually, effective for one academic year with annual renewal if the student maintains good academic standing and is making satisfactory academic progress in meeting graduation requirements on time. The funding provides for payment of full OHSU tuition and required fees, but does not provide a living allowance. Students are selected for this scholarship at the time of admission to OHSU. Learn more

Competitive awards of up to $2,000 are available to support School of Medicine students’ overseas rotations. Students commit at least 3-4 weeks on-site to an international experience that includes various aspects of one or more of the following: clinical practice, public and population health, health education, and research. For more information, visit their website. Learn more

TFME Medical Scholars Program strives to enhance professional development of student physicians, reduce the cost of medical education, and promote future practice in Oregon. Each year 4-6 students are selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship.  The scholarship is renewed the following year if the student continues to meet the program expectations and submits a renewal application. Learn more


OREGON AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS, NON-SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The following scholarships are not affiliated with OHSU but are available to OHSU MD students. If you would like more information about these scholarships, it is suggested to contact the organization directly.

  • Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC)

OSAC administers over 400 different scholarships to Oregon residents.  All scholarships are listed on this site and application forms can be downloaded. Learn more

  • American Medical Association (AMA) 

The AMA Foundation and AMA Alliance work to raise funds for medical school scholarships through the AMA Scholars fund. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on funds available. Learn more

  • Women in Medicine Scholarships (WIM)

WIM will present four $5,000 LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships 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. Applicants should be in good academic standing, and have actively contributed and demonstrated leadership for the LGBTQ community. Learn more

  • Visiting Elective Scholarship Programs for Underrepresented Minorities

The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine has curated a list of scholarship opportunities for eligible students wishing to partake in a visiting elective course outside of OHSU. Learn more

  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

The NHSC has scholarship programs available to students in medicine, nursing, dentistry and physician assistant studies. NHSC scholarships typically cover tuition, fees, books and supplies, and provide a monthly living allowance. The NHSC website provides information about the availability as well as the deadline for applying for scholarships. Learn more

  • Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

Each year the Air Force awards scholarships through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). It pays for tuition, books and most fees. The HPSP also gives students a monthly stipend for living expenses while they attend the school of their choice. Through the Air Force, these scholarships are offered for one, two, three, and four-year terms. In exchange for the scholarship, your commitment to the Air Force is to serve as an active-duty member with a year-for-year repayment, with a minimum obligation of three years. Your tour of duty begins after you complete any internship and residency training requirements for your career field. Learn more

  • Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

The U.S. Army offers one of the most generous and comprehensive scholarships available in health care today. It's called the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. If you want to become a physician and qualify, you could earn a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly stipend of more than $2,000. Learn more

  • Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program will pay your educationally based tuition and fees for up to four years of school and provide a monthly stipend paid directly to you. In addition, all professional school required fees and expenses, books and equipment are reimbursed by the Navy. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer. In return, you agree to serve a minimum of three years on active duty or year for year of scholarship, whichever is longer. Learn more

  • FastWeb!

FastWeb! is a free, national scholarship search service listing over 600,000 scholarships. FastWeb! is easy to use, and information about new scholarships is posted as it becomes available.  Learn more