Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards has been the main target of the National Medical Fellowship (NMF)right from when they started. NMF scholarship program recognize merit and financial needs of scholars. The money used in the funding of the scholarship over the years has always come from individuals and foundations.

Due to the increasing number of scholars, NMF honestly seeks for people interested in partnering with them in other to help in the development and expansion of the of the organization and also reach out to many other scholars. For more information about the Scholarships and awards, kindly read this blog till the end as it contains every detail you may need.

About Scholarships and awards

NMF was founded in 1946, in Chicago, by Franklin McLean, MD, PhD, an eminent physician who saw, well before others, that the lack of opportunities for African American physicians was a problem for our nation. He understood that we needed more minority physicians to achieve basic equality of opportunity, and to ensure access to quality health care. This was true in 1946, and it is true today.

As a precursor to the Civil Rights movement, NMF began giving scholarships to African American physicians and medical students who otherwise could not have afforded a medical education. As broad social changes swept America, NMF expanded its commitment, giving grants on a national basis to other groups underrepresented in medicine. Calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion rose in 2020 and 2021, but we are now experiencing a backlash. Despite the shifting political and cultural winds, NMF has committed itself to disrupting racism in medicine.

Through its scholarship programs, NMF has been instrumental in increasing the number of physicians and researchers underrepresented in medicine in the U.S. In recent years, NMF has expanded its efforts with fellowship programs that help medical students address health disparities in underserved communities, in the U.S. and globally.

General Eligibility:

To be qualified for scholarships and award program, you must have:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
    (Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders are not eligible)
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level U.S. health care program

Please note the required degree program type for each NMF scholarship. There are other awards that support high school or undergraduate students.

Student underrepresented in medicine – NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented in medicine:

  • African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

See below for scholarship program descriptions, which may include additional eligibility requirements.

Please note: any year in school requirements should be based on applicant’s status for the school year listed in the program description (e.g., 2022-2023).

Application checklist:

National Medical Fellowships scholarship and award applicants are expected to upload the following documents as a part of the online application process. In addition to this list, each scholarship and award has application requirements and personal statements specific to its program. More information on program specific requirements will be found in the submission sections of the application site.

  • Financial Documents
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the US Department of Education
  • Documentation of Loan History (current and undergraduate) from the National Student Loan Data System
  • Academic Documents
  • Official Letter of Financial Aid Award Offer
  • Current Professional School Transcript
  • Personal Documents

Verification of Citizenship:

Acceptable forms of proof of citizenship include a scanned copy of one of the following:

  • A US birth certificate
  • A current US passport
  • USCIS certificate of naturalization
  • Voter’s registration card (accompanied by a picture ID)
  • Verification of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Status
  • DACA approval letter
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendations

Applicants will specify the names and contact information of their recommenders during the application process. When choosing a recommender, it is advisable to choose someone who knows you and your work well, and can attest to your community commitment and leadership.

After applicants supply the name of their recommenders, those recommenders will receive an email with instructions on uploading their recommendation letter.

One recommendation letter should be sent from a dean, faculty member, or chief administrative officer from your academic institution.
The second recommendation letter should be sent from a community leader or volunteer supervisor. If a community leader or volunteer supervisor is unavailable, a second letter from a dean, faculty member or school administrative officer is acceptable.

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