Scholarships for Health Sciences

Health Policy || Health Sciences || Medical School || Nursing School || Pharmaceutical Science || Occupational Therapy

Health Policy:

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
The AHIMA Foundation has a distinguished history of providing crucial financial support across the industry. We provide funding that helps develop the next generation of HIM professionals, increases the skills and advances the careers of HIM professionals, facilitates research for the betterment of the HIM industry, and provides assistance to students pursuing advanced degrees related to HIM.

Association of Food and Drug Officials ScholarshipThe Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) is an international, nonprofit organization whose members are concerned with the development and enforcement of uniform food, drug and other consumer protection laws. Through its committees and the efforts of its Regular and Associate members, AFDO supports legislation, develops and circulates “model bills,” publishes information circulars and generally works to aid in the overall implementation of sound and effective consumer protection regulation. 

Health Sciences:

NIH Undergrad Scholarship Program (Deadline in February)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution.
  • 3.5 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or within the top 5 percent of your class.
  • From a disadvantaged background. Disadvantaged background means that your financial aid office has certified you as having "exceptional financial need."

NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (Deadline in early December)
At the NIH, graduate students work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians. They explore areas such as bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, health sciences, structural biology, sensory and communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology.

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree from US college/university

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those which students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a sophisticated scientific background by having engaged in research as undergraduates.

Medical School:

American Medical Association Scholarships
The AMA Foundation provides financial assistance through scholarships, grants and awards to deserving medical students and residents across the nation. The scholarships include;

DAR National Society - Medical Scholarships (Deadline April)
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.

  • The Alice W. Rooke Scholarship is awarded to students who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med) at an approved, accredited medical school.
  • The Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med) at an approved, accredited medical school. This scholarship is also available to students who have been accepted into or who are pursing an approved course of study in the field of psychiatric nursing at the graduate level at accredited medical schools, colleges, or universities. There is a preference to females "if equally qualified".
  • The Dr. Francis Anthony Beneventi Medical scholarship is a preferred amount up to $5000 awarded to students who have been accepted into or who are pursing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med) at an approved, accredited medical school, college of university. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The scholarship is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration each year for up to four consecutive years.

National Medical Fellowships Scholarship programs
The core program of NMF is the Need-based Scholarships. Offered primarily to first- and second-year medical students, these scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need. NMF scholarships are increasingly important due to escalating cost of medical school and spiraling student debt. NMF's Merit-based awards recognize outstanding minority medical students, recommended by their medical schools, for extraordinary scholastic achievement, leadership, community service and the potential for outstanding contributions to medicine. Offered primarily to third- and fourth-year medical students. The NMF Experience-based Fellowship Programs provide special opportunities for students to work hands-on to enhance healthcare delivery in underrepresented communities in local, national, and international settings. These programs match students with mentors, often eminent NMF alumni, and focus on areas of critical clinical/public health need.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship

TYLENOL Future Care ScholarshipThe makers of TYLENOL award annual scholarships ($10,000) to 40 students pursuing careers in health care. 

Nursing School:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing - LIst of funding resources for Nursing students

American Red Cross

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Foundation Scholarship

Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships

Emergency Nurses Association Scholarship Program

Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education Scholarships

Health Resources and Services Administration
To increase the diversity of the health professions workforce and the number of providers working in underserved communities, HRSA makes grant funding to schools, which in turn provide scholarships and low-interest loans to disadvantaged students with financial need. Many of the students who benefit from these programs are from racial and ethnic minorities under-represented in the health workforce, including African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians and Alaska Natives – groups that comprise 25 percent of the U.S. population, but less than 10 percent of many health professionals.

Indian Health Service 
The IHS Scholarship Program offers three scholarships to help qualified American Indian and Alaska Native candidates move forward with their education and pursue careers in a health care profession.

Kaiser Permanente - Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Program
Since 1989, Kaiser Permanente has assisted California students complete their nursing education through its RN Scholarship Program. In 2001, the Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Program was created in honor of Deloras Jones, RN, MS, for her 34 years of leadership and dedication to education and nursing practice at Kaiser Permanente. Awards are available for approved study at affiliate schools in California.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships

National Gerontological Nursing Association - Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
The Mary Opal Wolanin Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to students intending to work with older adults. Applicants must intend to work in a gerontology/geriatric setting after graduation.  A $500.00 scholarship may be awarded for each category.

Nursing School Scholarships (Deadline in February)
Daughters of the American Revolution National Society offers one-time awards of $1000. Only one properly submitted application is necessary for consideration for any award in this group or for the Madeline Picket Halbert Cogswell Nursing Scholarship listed under Special Scholarships.

  • The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing.
  • The Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Preference will be given to candidates from the greater Lowell, MA area.
  • The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR. DAR Member Number must be on the Application.
  • The Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and have been accepted or are attending an accredited school of occupational therapy (including art, music, or physical therapy)


Pharmaceutical Science:

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) - Scholarship list

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
The NCPA Foundation recognizes students with demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and an interest in pharmacy management through scholarships. All NCPA student members are eligible to apply.

Occupational Therapy:

AMBUCS - for heath therapy students

AOTA E.K. Wise Scholarship - eligible during the first year as OT student

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation - eligible once you become OT student

Additional information for OT school funding