Scholarships for Medical Students

OHSU's 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 it a priority to raise scholarship funds for medical students in our Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program. In partnership with the OHSU Foundation, we intend to increase that list as we continue to find solutions to student indebtedness. UME scholarships, their respective eligibility criteria, and award amount are subject to change on a yearly basis.

 

UME Scholarships - awarded during admissions process

For applicants who have recently been offered acceptance into the M.D. Program, UME will notify you if you’ve been selected to receive a scholarship. Therefore, there is no separate application process in order to be considered for one of the UME scholarships. Because admission to the M.D. program is offered on a rolling basis, the timeline will vary for notifying scholarship recipients.

​​​​​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 OHSU President’s Fund will provide funds to qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become health professionals. Funds will cover full tuition and required fees charged to the student’s account for the length of the standard MD program.

​​​​​SHOI 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 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. SHOI funding is awarded annually, effective for one academic year with annual renewal if the student meets the funding requirements. The funding provides for payment of full OHSU tuition and required fees, but does not provide a living allowance. SHOI is awarded through the Provost’s Office.

​​​​​​Students are selected to receive this scholarship based upon academic achievement and a commitment to diversity. The exact scholarship amount fluctuates each year, but is typically between $10,000 - $40,000 per recipient. 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.

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. This scholarship awards $25,000 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.

In 2010, the OHSU School of Medicine received the largest single scholarship gift ever in its history. The $10 million gift to establish an endowed MD scholarship program was made by an anonymous donor. The scholarship establishes a perpetual source of financial assistance for exceptional and distinctive students who have a high probability of positively contributing to Oregon’s future. When the Fund Agreement was signed, the donor had not yet decided on the name of the scholarship program. Since then, the anonymous donor has decided to name the fund “The Swindells Family Scholars Program” in honor of the long history of support OHSU has received over multiple generations from the Swindells family. The donor will remain anonymous.

Students are selected for an interview for the Swindells Scholarship based upon a demonstration of leadership and academic achievement. This scholarship awards $20,000 towards tuition and fees, and is renewal for up to four years as long as students fulfill scholarship requirements. Students are selected to receive this award at the time of admission to OHSU, but this scholarship opportunity is also available to both second- and third-year medical students, and is eligible for renewal in each of their remaining years in medical school. 

​​​​​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.

​​​​​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 scholarship awards a one-time gift of approximately $2,000-$3,000 to one student.

​​​​​Established by Dr. and Mrs. Byong Uk Chung, this scholarship awards one student the one-time amount of $10,000. It is intended to be given to a first generation student for whom English is a second language.

​​​​This scholarship amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $12,000 per recipient. 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. 

UME Scholarships - available to current medical students

Current M.D. students will be notified through the Office of UME Sakai site when each UME scholarship is accepting applications along with further criteria, details, and instructions for submission. Because these scholarships have different timelines, students should expect to be notified throughout the year.

​​​​​​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.

In 2010, the OHSU School of Medicine received the largest single scholarship gift ever in its history. The $10 million gift to establish an endowed MD scholarship program was made by an anonymous donor. The scholarship establishes a perpetual source of financial assistance for exceptional and distinctive students who have a high probability of positively contributing to Oregon’s future. When the Fund Agreement was signed, the donor had not yet decided on the name of the scholarship program. Since then, the anonymous donor has decided to name the fund “The Swindells Family Scholars Program” in honor of the long history of support OHSU has received over multiple generations from the Swindells family. The donor will remain anonymous.

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 fulfill scholarship requirements. The application and interview process takes place in winter and spring terms. 

​​​​​​The Annual Awards for Excellence are awarded yearly to third-year students who are in good academic standing, 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. The amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $2,000-3,000 per recipient.

​​​​​​The Dean’s Fund for Excellence Scholarships are given to second-year students. 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. The amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $5,000 per recipient.

​​​​​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.

​​​​The School of Medicine Scholarship Committee awards up to four $10,000 scholarships to outstanding medical students in each class (16 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. 

​​​​​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 is given to one fourth-year student based on merit and financial need. Based upon the criteria, there is no application process and the award winner will be notified in fall term. The amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $2,000-$4,000.

​​​​​The J. R. Walsh, MD Memorial Fund awards one student from any class who demonstrates an interest in geriatric care and education. Students will be invited to apply in fall term. The amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $3,000 - $6,000.

​​​​​The Wendell Memorial Scholarship Fund awards one student from any class who has shown interest in cardiology and/or cardiovascular medicine. Students will be invited to apply in fall term. The amount fluctuates yearly, but is typically around $3,000 - $6,000.

​​​​The Robert L. Bacon fund supports one or more student-led projects or programs with awards ranging from $1,000 - $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.

​​​​​Funding is awarded by OHSU Global to support School of Medicine students’ overseas rotations. Appropriate overseas experiences include projects related to public and population health, health education, clinical practice and/or research. Students are expected to spend at least 4 weeks at their overseas site although exceptions to this requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you would like more information about this monetary award, please contact the department directly. 

Additional scholarships and loan repayment opportunities

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

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

​​​​​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. 

​​​​​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. 

​​​​​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. 

​​​​​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.

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.

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

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.

Administered by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program is working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation's rural communities. To that end, this loan repayment program will provide up to $100,000 in student loan repayment to primary care and behavioral health clinicians providing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural communities nationwide.

Administered by the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), the Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship gives out scholarships of varying amounts to students for their exceptional academic performance, leadership, andn commitment to the Hispanic community.

Administered by Papa Ola Lokahi, the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program provides funding for tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend for students pursuing primary healthcare disciplines and specialties most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Native Hawaiians throughout the State of Hawai'i.

​​​​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. 

​​​​​Occasionally outside organizations or associations notify the School of Medicine regarding scholarships or loan repayment opportunities applicable to medical students. These are shared with the student body throughout the year via the Office of UME Sakai Site