Outside Scholarship Search
Many opportunities for outside scholarships exist for medical students. It is very worthwhile to explore all options because the more scholarship dollars a student receives, the less the student will have to borrow in loans. We have found that the successful scholarship recipient:
- persists in applying for all applicable scholarship opportunties.
- adheres to agency guidelines.
- provides supporting documents in advance of deadlines.
To enhance your chances of getting a scholarship, we offer the following suggestions:
- Read the application carefully.
- Follow the agency's instructions.
- Adhere to deadlines. There are usually two deadlines dates. The first is the cut off for the application with necessary supplementary materials (i.e. transcipts, recommendation letters, etc.).
- Secure transcripts from your medical school and/or previously attended undergraduate institutions.
- Research all possibilities. Do not limit yourself.
- Consider these sources for possible scholarship opportunities:
- Employers with scholarship/loan programs for employees/families
- Department stores and retail establishments
- Local churches
- Ethics associations
- Local civic organizations
- Agencies administering programs for veterans and their children
- Community organizations
- Local county medical society associations
- In addition, a number of free scholarship search engines exist. These are: