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External private scholarships

This is a listing of some individual scholarships opportunities that students may wish to investigate. Geisinger Commonwealth has not contacted these organizations because they usually only accept applications directly from students. Note that each scholarship listed has different deadlines so be sure to check each scholarship website for the most up to date information. While it does take time to explore outside scholarship opportunities, keep in mind that every scholarship dollar earned is one dollar less in debt you will have to repay someday.

Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Medical Student Scholarship
Two scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to medical student who are residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

ACMS Scholarship
c/o The Foundation
777 East Park Drive, P.O. Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
717-558-7854
Fax: 717-558-7818
studentservices-foundation@pamedsoc.org
Website

Alliance Medical Education Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second- or third-year student.

In addition to completing an application, candidates must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; and an essay describing the applicant’s vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance established the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship fund in April 2000. These scholarship awards are possible thanks to Alliance fundraising events and contributions from its members.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance is an organization of physician spouses from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are improving the health and quality of life for all people.

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, which administers the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 40 years.

For an application, contact the Foundation at 717-558-7852, or visit their website.

AMA Leadership Awards
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer Inc., presents these awards to medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians who demonstrate strong, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, public health, community service and/or education. Recipients will attend a leadership development training program, an awards banquet, and the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Program
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women from ethnic minorities historically underrepresented in medicine. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Awards usually range from $5,000 to $12,000.

Department 60301
ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
319-337-1716, ext. 60
aauw@act.org
Website

American Indian Graduate Center
Graduate and professional students who are enrolled members of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or possess one-fourth degree federally recognized Indian blood may apply for scholarships.

4520 Montgomery Boulevard NE, Suite 1B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
505-881-8584
800-628-1920
Website

Buckfire and Buckfire PC 2015 Diversity Scholarship
The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. offers a Medical School Diversity Scholarship for medical students. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Medical School Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited medical school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
Website

Chester County Medical Society Horace P. Darlington Award
Medical students who are residents of Chester County, Pennsylvania, are eligible for this one-time award of $1,000. Also available to Chester County residents is the Chester County Medical Society Scholarship, an annual scholarship of $500, which is renewable for up to four years.

Chester County Medical Society
Carol Dot
P.O. Box 859
Kimberton, PA 19422
610-827-1543
caroldot@erols.com

Chinese American Physicians Society
CAPS offers scholarship(s) of $2,000 to $5,000 each annually to students in United States medical schools. 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 essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after their graduation.

Chinese American Physicians Society
c/o Lawrence M. Ng, M.D., Executive Director
345 Ninth St., Suite 204
Oakland, CA 94607
Website

EverSpark Autism Awareness Scholarship
EverSpark Autism Awareness says it understands the challenges autism presents to students affected by it, and knows how difficult it can be to consider going to college. With the Autism Awareness Scholarship, EverSpark aims to encourage students to pursue their secondary education. It also wants to raise awareness for autism by encouraging students to study related fields in college. Together, EverSpark says we can reduce and even eliminate the effects of autism, and it wants to help students who wish to pursue a career doing just that.
Deadline for Applications: Aug. 30
Website

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
Students must be of South Asian Indian heritage and enrolled full time in their second, third or fourth year at an accredited Pennsylvania medical school. The Foundation is offering a $2,000 scholarship from the Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent.
Website
717-558-7852

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia
Scholarships of $2,000 and $5,000 per year are available to graduate students enrolled full time in a degree program at an accredited college, university, or professional school. Applicants must be of Greek descent and U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery or Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester or Salem counties in New Jersey.
Apply to:
Scholarship Chairman
Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia
P.O. Box 42199
Philadelphia, PA 19101
215-483-7440
Website

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale prior to the submission of the application. The HSF/College Scholarship Program for graduate students is competitive and the student must be pursuing their first graduate degree. Applicants must apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA. The award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Website

Dr. Arthur J. and Helen M. Horvat Foundation Scholarship
Applicants must have resided within the boundary limits of Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Pittston, Pittston Township, Jenkins Township, Yatesville, Hughestown, Suscon, Old Forge, Taylor, Moosic and Ransom Township for at least one year prior to graduating high school and/or completing an application for the Horvat Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in a field of study leading to a career in the medical or health profession. Family income of qualifying students cannot exceed amount set by trustees. Current adjusted gross income limitations are $77,535 for one dependent, $82,183 for two dependents, and $86,750 for three or more dependents.
Website 

Japanese American Citizens League
Applicants must be JACL members. The student’s written request should specify the graduate category of application and enclose a No. 10 self-addressed stamped envelope. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Apply to:
National Japanese American Citizens League Headquarters
Attn: National Scholarship Awards
1765 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-921-5225
jacl@hooked.net
Website

Japanese Medical Society
Applicants must show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America.
Apply to:
Japanese Medical Society
17 East 89th St.
New York, NY 10128
212-305-3068
Website

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
The Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Grants range from $2,000 to $8000. Samuel F. and Sara G. Feinman assist talented men and women pursue their legal or medical education. The fund provides an interest-free loan ranging from $2,000 – $5,000 to medical and law school students based on financial need. Preference is given to students who live in the greater Philadelphia region and of the Jewish faith who are enrolled in an accredited local law or medical school. It is a requirement of this fund that loan repayments begin within five years after graduation ensuring that future funds will continue to be available for students in need.
Apply to:
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
2100 Arch St., 6th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-832-0519
Website

Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship
The Elk County Community Foundation announces the Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship. It is open to graduates of any St. Mary’s PA high school who have been accepted by or are currently attending an accredited medical school. Applications are available here.

Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund
This award is given in memory of Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD. Dr. Calder was a dedicated member of the medical profession in Williamsport, PA for more than 30 years. The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually in honor of Dr. Joseph R. Calder, Jr., to graduating seniors or non-traditional students residing in Lycoming County, with the intent of pursuing a career in a medical related program. Request can be for the first year or for any succeeding year of higher education.
Additional information and application.

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship
Qualifications or criteria for applying: must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Polish descent, strongly identify with Polish American community or of non-Polish origin studying Polish subjects, and must be enrolled as a full-time graduate or postgraduate student. To request further information and/or application contact:
Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E. 65th St.
New York, NY 10021-6595
212-734-2130
Website

Lancaster Medical Society Foundation
The Lancaster City & County Medical Society (LCCMS) is pleased to make scholarship awards available to medical school students who are legal residents of Lancaster County, PA. Dollar amount and number of scholarships awarded vary from year to year, but the LCCMS has given move than $200,000 in financial support since 1991. The application and additional information is also available here.
Apply to:
Lancaster City and County Medical Society
137 E. Walnut St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-9588
lancmedsoc@comcast.net

The Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship for Medical Education
To be eligible for this competitive scholarship, medical students must be from New Jersey and reside in specific towns in Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties.

The scholarships are open to medical students who satisfy the following criteria:

  • Candidates must have been raised (attended or eligible to attend) elementary or secondary school in one of these communities:
    • Union County – Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Plainfield, Scotch Plains or Westfield
    • Somerset County – Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Gillette, Green Brook, Martinsville, North Plainfield, Somerville, Warren or Watchung
    • Middlesex County – Dunellen, Edison (west of Rt. 27), Iselin, Metuchen, Middlesex, Piscataway (north of Lake Nelson-Camp Kilmer), South Plainfield
  • Candidates must be eligible for a degree in medicine from an accredited medical, osteopathic or dental school. Matriculating students in the first through last year may apply.
  • Candidates must demonstrate financial need.
  • Application and brochure

Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship Fund
The Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship is for residents of Lycoming County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who are enrolled full-time in an accredited United States medical school. Preference will be given to first-year students, but all students are encouraged to apply. This scholarship is awarded to two qualified medical students. It is a one-time award in the amount of $1,800. An application is available upon request from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (see address below).
Apply to:
Lycoming CMS Scholarship Fund
c/o The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
777 East Park Drive
P.O. Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
800-228-7823 (in PA) or 717-558-7854
Fax: 717-558-7818
studentservices-foundation@pamedsoc.org
Website

John B. Lowman Scholarship Fund
Eligible students must be residents of Cambria County and accepted into an accredited medical school.
Apply to:
Cambria County Medical Society
Lowman Scholarship Fund
1454 Scalp Ave.
Johnstown PA, 15904
814-535-5493
ccms@charterinternet.com

Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for students enrolled in an AMA accredited (or similar status accrediting entity) medical school located in the United States. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must have attended Connecticut public and/or parochial schools for at least eight years.
  • Graduated from a Connecticut public or parochial high school; and be attending medical school. The award is not applicable to students entering their first year of medical school.
  • Number of awards: One to 10
  • Size of awards: $1,000 – $2,000, students may apply for renewal awards

The application can be found on the Hartford Foundation’s website.

Daniel R. Miller Trust Fund for Education
Residents of Pine Grove Borough, Pine Grove Township, PA, and Clear Spring, MD. Obtain applications by contacting the address below, high school guidance offices or a Wachovia Bank branch in Pottsville, PA.
Apply to:
Wachovia Bank
Daniel R. Miller Trust Fund for Education
Attn: Sally King
100 North Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27150
864-268-3363

National Society Daughters of American Revolution
Offers several scholarships for medical students. These awards are in the amount of up to $5,000 annually for up to four years, with a maximum of $20,000 total. These awards are available only in consecutive four-year increments. It is only necessary to submit one application for consideration for any award in this group. Application information is available at the following website.

National Medical Fellowships, Inc. Scholarship Program
African Americans, mainland Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians who are United States citizens, and who will be first- or second-year candidates for the MD or DO degree in accredited United States medical schools. Scholarships are based on financial need.
Apply to:
National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
Scholarship Program
5 Hanover Square, 10th floor
New York, NY 10004
212-483-8880
Website

Native American Scholarships
This website contains a list of scholarships that has been compiled by representatives of several Native American tribes.

Native Indian Education Association
This website provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship
The applicant must be of Hellenic descent and a student member of the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society. Awards will be made based upon academic performance and/or need. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical or dental institution the following academic year. Applicants must have displayed an ongoing interest and commitment to the health field and to Hellenic issues and are required to receive the award in person in Boston in May. To request an application or if you have questions contact: Maria Pelidis, MD at mpelidis@tufts-nemc.org.
Applications can be mailed to:
NEHMDS
c/o Maria Pelidis, MD
9 Holyoke Road, Apt. #2
Somerville, MA 02144

Northampton County Medical Society Alliance
Applicants must be United States citizens who reside in Northampton County, PA and/or have a Bethlehem mailing address. They must be accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited institute of medicine. Scholarships up to $1,000 will be offered to two students based on academic, financial, and community service criteria. For an application, visit the website.

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program
The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is designed to provide educational programs, leadership training, and funding to reimburse a portion of medical-school-related debt. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period. Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school may apply. View an application and more information..

Anna and Ida Reiss Memorial Fund Scholarship
Awarded to Jewish students engaged in the study of medicine and exhibit financial need. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year, depending on the number of applicants and fund’s income. Students must send a letter or an email requesting an application. Applicant will need proof of matriculation in an accredited medical program and proof of Jewish faith (i.e., affidavit or certificate from Rabbi) to:
Harry Miles, Esq., Trustee,
Anna and Ida Reiss Memorial Fund Scholarship
c/o Green, Miles, Lipton, White & Fitz-Gibbon
77 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 210
Northampton, MA 01061-0210
hmiles@greenmiles.com

Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship
The Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship is for a student who is entering the first year of medical school. The applicant must be a resident of Lehigh, Berks, or Northampton counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and be enrolled full-time in an accredited United States medical school. This scholarship is awarded to one qualified first year medical student. It is a one-time award in the amount of $1,000. An application form is available upon request from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Apply to:
Siegfried/Vigilante Scholarship
c/o The Foundation
777 East Park Drive, P.O. Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
717-558-7854
Fax: 717-558-7818
Website

Sons of Italy National Leadership Grant
Scholarships for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution.
Website

The Tylenol Scholarship
The makers of Tylenol award $250,000 – $350,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing health-related studies. Funds will be awarded to at least 170 students in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000. View applications and more information. Use access key TYNL.

The Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest Scholarship
Two $1,000 scholarships are available to medical students with a Turkish-American heritage or ancestry. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must be a first, second, third or fourth year medical student at a U.S. medical school.

The supporting documents needed to complete the application are:

  • Letter from the Dean of Students verifying good standing.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant’s personal statement (including career goals).
  • Applicant’s current vitae (be sure to include education, research activities if any, employment and extracurricular activities. Credit will be given to those with research projects related to health care of Turkey.)

Westmoreland County Medical Society
Education Loan Program that offers loans to eligible students in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year at an accredited medical school. Applicants must be present or past residents of Westmoreland County. Applications are available on their website or you can email your request for an application to wcms@juno.com.
Apply to:
Westmoreland County Medical Society Office
231 S. Main St., Suite 207
Greensburg, PA 15601
724-837-5050

Marian J. Wettrick Charitable Foundation
Offers financial assistance in the form of grants to female students who have an inclination to practice medicine at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Potter County, PA. Applicants must have graduated from a Pennsylvania college or university, gained admission and subsequently attend a Pennsylvania medical school (including osteopathic schools). The award of financial assistance will be made at the discretion of the trustee.
Apply to:
Marian J. Wettrick Charitable Foundation
c/o Citizens Trust Company
Trustee Trust Department
10 N. Main St., P.O. Box 229
Coudersport, PA 16915-0229
814-274-9150
Fax: 814-274-0401

The Addison H. Gibson Foundation
The foundation offers low interest loans to students whose family home is located in western Pennsylvania.
412-261-1611
ldunbar@gibson-fnd.org

The Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) Scholarship
The Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) is offering scholarships to the conference to eligible medical students, residents, post-doctoral candidates and fellows. The scholarship enables participation in the LDA Conference and allows the association to disseminate knowledge to medical/vet clinical and research trainees or fellows who wish to learn from leading scientists about the progress in Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
Apply

UNICO Scholarships
UNICO is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. UNICO Foundation Inc. offers two scholarship opportunities for students of Italian descent, specifically the John Basilone Graduation Scholarship and the Dr. Benjamin Cottone Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Cottone, a past National President of UNICO National, was a member of the Scranton, PA chapter. The guidelines and applications are typically provided to the financial aid office annually. This information is emailed to the student body each year. Inquiries and completed applications should be forwarded to:
Melanie Naro
305 E. Drinker St.
Dunmore, PA 18512

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
For more than 60 years, The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society has proudly served as the 501(c) (3) philanthropic affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. The mission of The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society provides programs and services for individual physicians and others that improve the well-being of Pennsylvanians and sustain the future of medicine. The Foundation offers numerous scholarships for Pennsylvania residents who attend a Pennsylvania medical school.
Website

The Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships
These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
Website

Wellcentive Medical Scholarship for Veterans
This annual scholarship will be awarded to one achievement-focused student intending to pursue a career in medicine. Wellcentive stands in support of our armed forces who valiantly serve and protect our interests and citizens around the world, and especially those who wish to contribute to the field of Medicine. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one veteran pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree.

To qualify for the Medical Scholarship for veterans, students must be either an active or retired member of the military in any branch. Additionally, students must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited medical school.

Applications are due no later than March 15. The winner will be announced March 31.
View additional information and an application

Dr. W.R. Walter Trust Scholarship
The Dr. W.R. Walter Trust is providing scholarships for deserving students. The Center for scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the facilitator of the scholarship fund.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be a high school graduate of one of the public high schools located in Dauphin or Cumberland County, Pa.
  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in college and plan to enroll in graduate school in the fall of the year the award is made.
  • Applicants must plan to obtain a graduate degree in one of the following fields: dentistry, medical field (physicians), ministry, law or other scientific fields.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on 1 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic ability.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Apply online at www.csascholars.org
Deadline: Applicants must submit the requested information via the website and by mail all additional items must be received no later than Jan. 25.