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.

OHSU School of Medicine scholarships

In most cases, the scholarship awards listed below vary from year to year and are applied to tuition.

General Scholarship

In the Fall term, a partial scholarship towards tuition is awarded to medical students, depending on the Scholarship Criteria Committee. Recipients of general scholarships will be notified in the Fall.

Outstanding Medical Student Scholarship

The OHSU Scholarship Committee is awards a limited number of $10,000 1-year scholarships to outstanding medical students in each Class who have demonstrated sustained and exceptional performance in one or more areas.  This scholarship is available to all medical students who do not currently carry a large scholarship or stipend.  Students are invited to apply via email and it self-nominating. 

American Medical Association (AMA)

The AMA Foundation and AMA Alliance raise funds for medical school scholarships through the AMA Scholars fund. This scholarship is new as of 2012 and is awarded to a student or students who have scholarship needs. The amount of this annual scholarship is dependent on funds available. Visit website

DuBois Scholarship

This is a scholarship for a 1st-year medical student for 4 years of medical school. The student will receive $15,000 for years one through four.  Students must be in the top 10% of their class. An email invites applications for this every four year scholarship.  

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

The PAB Scholarship is a merit-based award given to the top-ranked candidate for admission to the OHSU School of Medicine.  Learn more

Otterdale Memorial Scholarship

This is a scholarship for Oregon residents who are second-year medical students, with preference given to those from Jackson County. The annual scholarship goes toward tuition.

Scholars for a Healthy Oregon

Make a difference with your degree by applying for funding under  the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative. In this unique OHSU initiative, upon graduation from your degree program you'll have the opportunity to help address healthcare inequality in Oregon first-hand by working in an OHSU approved designated service site in the state.  In exchange for your commitment to serve upon graduation, you receive funding to cover mandatory tuition and fees for the normal length of your clinical degree program.  It's a serious commitment and a great reward, but also a very real opportunity to help make a difference in one of the medically underserved urban or rural areas of our state. Visit website  

Swindells Family Leadership Scholarship

This is a scholarship for medical students who are Oregon residents or have Oregon heritage. Upon request, medical students send in a CV and essay based on academics, leadership and service. The recipients of this scholarship will receive $20,000 toward their tuition while enrolled as medical students. Visit website  

Walsh Memorial Fund

The J. R. Walsh, M.D. Memorial Fund goes to a 2nd-year medical student  who has demonstrated an interested in geriatrics. An email invitation goes to those students in the early Spring. 

Wendel Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Wendel Memorial Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship award for an outstanding medical student who has shown interest in cardiology and/or cardiovascular medicine. In January, an email is sent to all medical students providing application instructions.

Bacon Medical Enrichment Scholarship

The Bacon fund supports one or more projects or programs annually with a $1,000 to $5,000 grant. This fund underwrites the cost of OHSU medical students' education programs or projects, with an emphasis on value-added programs reaching beyond the core curricular requirements. This is not an international scholarship and occurs annually. 

Sack International Medical Education Scholarship

This scholarship supports students for international clinical experience. Third- and fourth-year medical students are notified about application process each year.  This scholarship is through the Global Health Department.

Oregon scholarships

Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC)

OSAC administers over 400 different scholarships. All scholarships are listed on this site and application forms can be downloaded. Applications must be postmarked by March 1for consideration. Visit website

The Foundation for Medical Excellence (TFME)

The TFME Medical Scholars Program strives to 1) Enhance professional development of student physicians, 2) Reduce the cost of medical education, and 3) 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. Visit website

National scholarships


FastWeb! is an online scholarship matching and college search service. Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests. Visit website

Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

The US Air Force offers 2, 3 and 4 year scholarships to applicants who want to attend any MD school located within the U.S. To see what you would receive with this scholarship, click here. Visit website

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 (HPSP). 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. Contact Vancouver Medical Recruiting Center at 360-891-4938. Visit website

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) 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. The value of this program could be well over $300,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer. In return, you agree to serve a minimum of 3 years on active duty or year for year of scholarship, whichever is longer. Visit website

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 and deadlines for applying for scholarships. Visit website

Contact information

If you have questions regarding these scholarships, please contact the Office for UME Student Affairs at 503-494-5100.