Scholarships for Health Professionals (+ Tips & Myths)

If you count the tuition fees, the opportunity costs, and the interest of your loan, medical school can cost you over a $1 million.

That’s why we decided to present you with a list of scholarships, as well as some other useful and related information, available to those studying to be health professionals.

Scholarship Misconceptions

  • 1. Only high school last-year students eligible for endowments.

    Many people are under the impression that scholarships are available for high school seniors, to pay for their upcoming freshman year tuition. This is untrue. A large percent of the privately-funded scholarships are, in fact, inclusively available for high school (freshmen through seniors), undergraduate, and graduate students.

  • 2. Only highly gifted athletes and exceptionally intelligent students are eligible for scholarships.

    Another common misconception is that scholarships are available only for the athletically, and academically gifted. That’s also not true. Many of the scholarship provider’s, in and out of this list, grant their awards after randomly drawing a winner (much like a lottery).The remaining scholarships are competition-based, as most require submission of an essay, video, etc. One could argue these scholarships are also largely based on luck, rather than skill. That’s because many of the scholarship providers’ are regular retail and service businesses. Most of them don’t have any English degrees or academic experience, so they decide the winner based on what essay (or whatever the required submission is) strikes a chord with them. So, in most cases, you don’t have to be an exceptional writer to win an essay-based competition.

  • 3. Scholarships are so hard to get, that they aren’t worth the time.

    Lastly, skeptics tend to think scholarships are not worth their time. However, if you dedicate 40 hours of your life to applying for scholarships, you stand a decent chance of winning at least a $1,000. Since the average person may need up to 21 years to pay off their student debt, when you win a $1,000 scholarship, you save yourself the 21 years worth of interest that would have racked up on that $1,000, as well. Not to mention that if you get a $1,000 scholarship for 40 hours of applying, you have worked for $25 per hour, which is not too shabby. If you dedicate 40 hours each semester on applying for endowments, you may significantly reduce your financial burden associated with becoming a doctor in the long run.

Tips for Applicants

  • Cast a wide net.

    Unless you are in the top 1% (academically or athletically), there isn’t a single scholarship you are guaranteed to win. In fact, even the most attainable scholarships (see the category tabs below) are more likely to go to someone else, than to you. Therefore, if you plan to only apply for a few scholarships, you are likely wasting your time.

  • Apply for scholarships each semester.

    Regardless of how far into your academic career you are, there are always dozens of endowments you are eligible for. As a medical student, you can be in college for up to 14 years, if you decide to specialize. Even if you win only a small scholarship ($1,000 or less) each semester, you can end up with as much as $14,000. If you count the interest, the 14K scholarship can save you as much as $20,000 in the long run.

  • Take advantage of all easy-to-apply scholarships.

    The application process for those scholarships takes less than 10-15 minutes. See the category tabs below.

  • Apply for all essay-based competitions,if which strike a chord with you.

    If you are passionate about a topic, you are likely to write a heartfelt essay about it. Even if you aren’t the best writer, a heartfelt essay is more likely to stick out to a private scholarship provider, than a drier, better-written one. In case you are unfamiliar with Grammarly, it can help you proofread your essays for typos, punctuation, passive voice, etc.

  • The tighter the eligibility restrictions, the better the odds for you (if you fit those restrictions, of course)

    To find endowments, which requirements you fit in, conduct the following Google searches:
  • “Your ethnicity” + allinurl:scholarship (e.g. “Native American” + allinurl:scholarship)
  • “Your state of residency/ state of school you want to apply in” + allinurl:scholarship (e.g. “Ohio” + allinurl:scholarship)
  • “Your gender” + allinurl:scholarship
  • “Your specific major” + allinurl:scholarship
  • “Your GPA” + allinurl:scholarship
  • Apply for scholarships with demanding submission requirements and low pay-offs.

    If you come across a $1,000, or less, scholarship that requires submitting a long essay, and a long list of forms (like transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc), be sure to apply for it. The reason is that many students will be deterred from applying for those scholarships (exactly due to the high demands and lower payoff), which can improve your odds dramatically.

  • Avoid Scholarship Scams!

    Stay away from all scholarships, which require you to pay a fee in order to apply. All scholarships are competitive (some more so than others), so be cautious of scholarhips which guarantee winning, or create an excessive hype. There are a few other indicators of a scholarship scam, most of which you can read here.

The scholarships in this list appear in a chronological order of their due dates. Before we start with the list, we decided to categorize the scholarships in different groups in the tabs below.

The process of applying for the following endowments should take you less than 10 minutes each. There are 8 scholarships in this category. Therefore, it should take you less than 80 minutes to apply for all of them. None of the scholarships in this tab require writing an essay, creating a video, or designing an infographic.
The scholarships in the tab do not appear in chronological order of their due dates. Rather, they appear in descending order, starting with the highest paying scholarships.
To determine which endowments are most attainable, we considered factors like –
  • Monthly views – We checked the number of views that each scholarship-application page received (using Ahref’s Open Site Explorer tool). We assumed that a lower number of views, the better the odds for the applicants.
  • Number of awards given for each scholarship
  • Eligibility restrictions – The more eligibility restrictions there are, the higher your chance the win the scholarship is (assuming that you fit those restrictions).
  • The award amount – We assumed higher prized scholarships are more sought after
  • The difficulty of application – We assumed that the more demanding the application is, the fewer students will apply for that particular scholarship (except for when the reward is also high).
Here are the 8 scholarships from our list, you are most likely to win. They appear in a descending order (most-attainable first).
Scholarships with expired deadlines will be removed from this list and new scholarships for the upcoming semesters will be added periodically. The next update of this is predicted to be in May, 2018.

1. Albertson & Davidson Scholarship Awards

Amount:Due DateType
1st – $1,500 2nd – $1,000 3rd – $500April 26, 2018Competition (Design an infographic)

Acceptable Applicants: Students enrolled for the 2018 Fall semester. Since the providers haven’t specified, we assume that highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible to apply, as long as they are enrolled in an acredited U.S. instute of higher learning for the 2018 Fall Semester.

What does the application process entail? – Submitting an originally-designed infographic, along with personal information and proof of enrollment, to the provider. The infographic must illustrate some statistics on the abuse of people over 60-years-old in the U.S. Visit the link below to read the specific instructions and see some online sources which offer templates for infographics. Link to Application

2. Niche.com’s “No Essay” College Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$2,000April 30, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: legal residents of the U.S. and international students with an F1 Visa. Applicants must be enrolled or must plan to enroll within 12 of months of the application, in a University listed in Niche.com (most reputable universities are included in this list)

What does the application process entail? – Everything you need to do to apply for this scholarship is filling out a small form, containing your name, birthday, and email. Link to Application

3. Dosomething.org Easy Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$3,000April 30, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: The applicants must be between 18 and 26-years-old or younger and must be U.S. or Canada residents (except Quebec). The applicants’ country of citizenship does not matter.

What does the application process entail? To apply for the chance to win a scholarship, take one of the following actions:

  • Share a gun-law quiz, which you can find on the provider’s website, via social media.
  • Call your local representative to talk about gun violence prevention.
  • Share a march location finder, which can also be found on the provider’s website, via social media.
  • Upload a photo of yourself at gun violence prevention events.
Link to Application

4. All About Education Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$3,000April 30, 2018Competition – short response

Acceptable Applicants: U.S. legal residents, 13-years old or older, are available for this scholarship. In addition, all applicants must be currently enrolled (or enroll by 2024) in an accredited U.S. college or university.

What does the application process entail? – The application for this contest involves a short informational form, and a short response to the question – “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?” The answer needs to be 250 words or less. Link to Application

5. Dosomething.org Easy Scholarship: Create a recycling bin for your bathroom

AmountDue DateType
$5,000April 30, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: The applicants must be between 18 and 26-years-old or younger and must be U.S. or Canada residents (except Quebec). The applicants’ country of citizenship does not matter.

What does the application process entail? – To apply, simply create a recycle bin for your bathroom and upload the picture to the provider’s website. Each recycling bin you create and submit a picture of, will grant you an additional entry in the scholarship. Link to Application

6. VIP Voice

AmountDue DateType
$5,000April 30, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: Residents of the U.S. and Canada.

What does the application process entail? – Register on the provider’s website and complete at least two surveys to get a chance to win the scholarship. The more surveys you take, the better the chance to win. Link to Application

7. College Survey Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000April 30, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: legal residents of the U.S. and international students with an F1 Visa. Applicants must be enrolled or must plan to enroll within 12 of months of the application, in a University listed in Niche.com (most reputable universities are included in this list)

What does the application process entail? – All you need to do is complete a short survey to enter for a chance to win this scholarship. Link to Application

8. CARiD Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000April 30, 2018Competition (based on a picture submission)

Acceptable Applicants: Applicants must be U.S. residents, between 16 and 20 years of age, and must be enrolled in an upcoming college semester.

What does the application process entail? Sending an email, which contains your personal information and a picture you’ve taken, related to the automotive industry. The picture may contain include first car, any customizations you’ve made to your vehicle, the coolest car you’ve seen, etc. Link to Application

9. County Office Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000April 30,2018Competition (essay writing)

Acceptable Applicants: The applicants must be at least 16-years-old and must be either in their senior year of high school or enrolled in an accredited institute of higher learning.

What does the application process entail? – Applicants must submit a 500 – 1,500-word essay describing how one of the local government offices listed on the provider’s website has impacted your life and/or the lives of those around you. Learn more from the link below.

Link to ApplicationOnce you’re on the Countyoffice.org website, scroll all the way down to read about the scholarship.

10. E-waste Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000April 30, 2018Competition (short statement and an essay writing)

Acceptable Applicants: Applicants must be U.S. residents who are currently either in high school or college.

What does the application process entail? – The applicants must fill out a personal information form and complete the statement “The most important reason to care about e-waste is..” using no more than 140 characters. 10 finalists will be selected based on the short statement, and each finalist will be required to write a 500 – 1,500 essay to win the contest. Link to Application

11. Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

AmountDue DateType
3-6 awards $1,000 to $5,000 annually renewable ($4K to $20K over 4 years).May 01, 2018Competition (based on an essay, financial need, and letters of recommendation, etc.)

Acceptable Applicants: To be eligible for this grant, you must either be a resident of New York or Connecticut or plan to attend school in one of those two states.

What does the application process entail? – The application for this grant entails submitting a great deal of information, including an essay, two letters of recommendation, a copy of your transcripts, financial documentation, and more. The applicants who prove the most innovative and creative problems solvers based on their essays and letters of recommendation will win this competition. Link to Application

12. Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program

AmountDue DateType
6 rewards, each $7,500May 07, 2018Competition – Based on an Essay

Acceptable Applicants: This contest is open to full-time undergraduate students, who will be either juniors or seniors in the 2018 Fall Semester. All applicants must also be a health-related major. Graduate and high school students are not eligible for this grant, but international students who are currently studying in an U.S. accredited four-year institution. You don’t have to be affiliated to Gallagher Student in any way to apply.

What does the application process entail? To have a chance to win, you must submit an essay of 500 words (click the link below for details), a financial aid form, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of your transcripts to the provider. Link to Application

13. Women of Excellence

AmountDue DateType
4 awards between $1,500 and $5,000 each.May 07, 2018Competition (based on an essay)

Acceptable Applicants: All applicants must be female high school seniors, with GPA of 3.5 or higher. Though not specifically stated, we assume that all applicants must be U.S. residents.

What does the application process entail?

To apply for this endowment, you must submit an essay (minimum 350 words), two cover letters, and some personal information. You must pick one of the five essay topics, described on the provider’s website (link is below). In the end, The Lady Like will pick a few finalists who will all be interviewed, to determine which four ladies will receive the scholarship. Link to Application

14. Optimist International Oratorical Contest

AmountDue DateType
$10,000June 15, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: Applicants must be at least 13 years of age and legal residents of the U.S.

What does the application process entail? – You must create a profile on the provider’s website and start completing surveys to earn points. You need to earn 1200 points to apply for the scholarship, which would require you to complete about 10-15 surveys. Link to Application

15. Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody

AmountDue DateType
2 x $10,000, and 4 x $5,000 prizesMay 31, 2018Competition (based on a short response, activity history/ work experience)

Acceptable Applicants: All applicants must be enrolled in a college or university as of fall of 2018. The scholarship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students. To be eligible, all applicants need to be legal residents of the U.S, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more.

What does the application process entail? – To apply, simply fill out an online form containing just a few fields of personal information, a few spaces to provide some activity history and work experience (both are listed as optional – though we advise you play it safe and fill them out), and a 1000 character short response to a biology-related question. Though the provider does not require applicants to submit transcripts, the winners will be required to show their transcripts before they can benefit from the endowment. Link to Application

16. Liaison’s Data-Inspired Future

AwardDue DateType
$5,000May 31, 2018Competition (based on a video)

Acceptable Applicants: High school seniors and undergraduate students of all grades are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is available for residents of the U.S. and Canada, for schools located in either of the two countries. Exceptions can be made, as U.S. or Canada residents can use this scholarship for studying abroad, only if they specifically disclose they intend to do so when applying.

What does the application process entail? The applicants for this scholarship are required to submit a resume and a video entry. The video entry must be 30-60 seconds and must be uploaded to a video sharing website like YouTube or Vimeo. For instructions on the video, click the link below. Link to Application

17. Feldco Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000June 15, 2018Competition (based on an essay)

Acceptable Applicants: High school and undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 2018 Fall semester.

What does the application process entail? – An essay of 700 to 1,000 words on the question – “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”. In addition, all applicants must include personal information, such as their name, address, email and phone number. A picture of each applicant is also a requirement for this scholarship. Link to Application

18. The Future is Female

AmountDue DateType
$3,000June 29, 2018Competition (based on four short response answers)

Acceptable Applicants: Applicants must be enrolled in college/ university courses for the Fall of 2018. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above. Even though this is not specifically stated by the provider, we assume only female applicants are allowed, due to the name of the scholarship.

What does the application process entail? – The application for this scholarship consists of a very short form, which requires your name, email, and a short (200 character) answer to four different questions. Link to Application

19. Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award

AmountDue DateType
$1,000June 30, 2018Competition (based on an essay)

Acceptable Applicants: High school, college, and graduate students who are U.S. permanent residents qualify for this endowment.

What does the application process entail? To apply for this scholarship, fill out a short form and complete a 500-word essay on – “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?”, or “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?” Link to Application

20. Digital Privacy Scholarship

AmountDue DateAmount
$1,000June 30, 2018Competition (short response question + an essay for the 10 finalists)

Acceptable Applicants: High school, college, and graduate students who are U.S. permanent residents qualify for this scholarship

What does the application process entail? – The application for this scholarship entails filling out a couple of fields of personal information and answering a digital privacy-related question with no more than 140 characters. Based on this information, 10 finalists will be chosen and required to write a 500 – 1000 essay to collect the scholarship. Link to Application

21. Student-Caregiver Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$1,000June 30, 2018Competition (based on an essay or a video

Acceptable Applicants: High school and college/ university students who are enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester are eligible for the endowment.

What does the application process entail? To apply for this scholarship, you must submit either a 1500-word essay or a two-minute video about your experience as a caregiver. The provider gives you, the applicant, 3 questions to address in your essay or video. Link to Application

22. “Stuck at Prom” Contest.

Prize/sDue DateType
2 awards of $10,000 and 8 consolation prizes of $100.July 9, 2018Competition (based on an artistic project)

Acceptable Applicants: U.S. or Canada legal residents (except for Maryland, Colorado, Vermont, and Quebec residents), who will attend a prom of some kind during the 2018 calendar year are eligible for this scholarship.

What does the application process entail? You must create a prom outfit (tux or a dress) from Duck Tape® and send a picture to the scholarship provider (Duck Brand). Link to Application

23. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Prize/sDue DateType
Five prices of $1,000August 31, 2018Random Drawing

Acceptable Applicants: All applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and have a High School Diploma, or a GED. All applicants must enroll, or already be enrolled, in the Spring 2019 semester. Financial need, GPA, or demographics will not be factors when determining the winner of the Second Chance Scholarship.

What does the application process entail? For a chance to win this award, you need to do is fill out a form containing some personal information and answer an 8-question quiz. Link to Application

24. Health and Wellness Scholarship

AmountDue DateType
$2,500August 31, 2018Competition (based on an essay)

Acceptable Applicants: Graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled in a college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, are eligible to apply. All applicants must be full-time students.

What does the application process entail? – All applicants must submit an essay of 800-1000 words, as well as a proof of full-time enrollment and a GPA of 3.4 or higher. The essay must be promoting healthy habits during one’s college years. Check out more information about the essay requirements in the link below. Link to Application

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