Funding for Pre-Health Students: Financing Your health education
Funding a medical, dental, nursing or other health education program may include personal or family savings, loans, grants, employment, scholarships and/or graduate funding support from the school you attend.
Financial Aid offices are a good source of information for resources available to you as a student. Make sure to check the Financial Aid pages of the schools that you plan to apply to. They often list the external scholarships (awards provided by private foundations or organizations). Some scholarships are open to entering students, while others are applied for during medical school.
The lists below indicate guides and resources for students intending to pursue a health-related graduate program.
Resources for Pre-Health Students
Guides for students planning to attend a health-related graduate program including medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, optometry and other allied-health professions.
This site is a comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date information about the health professions. Includes information on and links to health-related education/training programs, financial aid resources, specialized learning opportunities, and current issues in health care.
- Financial Aid for Health Professions Students
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Financial Aid for Health Professions Students includes information on scholarships, loans and loan repayment.
- National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
Scholarships to students pursuing careers in primary care MD or DO, DDS or DMD, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant. Recipients are committed to serve one year for each year of support (minimum of two years service) at an approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) soon after they graduate.
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
To be eligible for up to $60,000 in an initial loan repayment award Corps members are required to practice full-time for at least two years or part-time for four years at an NHSC-approved site. An award of $30,000 is available for two years of half-time service. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. Approved sites are located across the country in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). About half of Corps members serve in federally-supported health centers. Other approved sites are rural and Indian Health Service clinics, public health department clinics, hospital-affiliated primary care practices, managed care networks, prisons, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sites.
Scholarships/Contests for Pre-Health Students
Opportunities for students planning a health-related career.
- F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), U.S. Army
The U.S. Army Health Care Team will pay 100 percent of tuition for a graduate-level health care degree at any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the United States or Puerto Rico, plus a generous monthly stipend. Your active duty service obligation to the U.S. Army is one year of service for every year you receive the scholarship. There are similar programs in the Navy and Air Force.
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Merit-based awards to outstanding college juniors who intend to pursue careers in government or public service . Students receive a $30,000 scholarship to support any type of graduate program. Applicants need an excellent GPA and extracurricular record. University nomination required.
- Health for America Fellowship
Health for America offers a unique year-long fellowship program which is carefully structured to use the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and human centered design to create the greatest impact on the health of communities. Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000. In addition, all travel and workshop expenses will be covered by Health for America.
- Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (Health P.A.S.S.)
Health P.A.S.S. is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors from populations underrepresented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. The program provides participants with perspectives on what it is like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. DMU covers all costs for participants, including housing, meals, and transportation.
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
This fellowship provides opportunities for New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field. A New American is (1) a resident alien, (2) a naturalized US citizen, or (3) the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Awards are for two years in any field of study. The stipend is $25,000/year, plus up to $20,000 in tuition support. Applicants should have excellent grades and a record of academic and extracurricular achievement. College senior or first year graduate student can apply.
- Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
For students who plan a career in healthcare and excel in leadership, academic performance and community involvement. 10 applicants receive $10,000 in scholarships; 30 applicants will receive $5,000 in scholarships. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Application period: February – May.
- Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
This is an annual contest designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them today. Topics are suggested each year, but students are free to write about any topic as long as it pertains to ethics. First prize is $5,000, plus there is a second and third prizes and honorable mention. Open to juniors and seniors. Deadline is early December.
Information on Financing Your Medical School Education
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Information on medical careers, admission, and financing your education.
- AMA Resources for Medical Students – Financial Aid
- American Academy of Family Physicians
Information and advice on medical school debt management.
- Financing Your Medical Education – Association of American Medical Colleges
- Medical Profession: Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards
Information on Financing Your Dental School Education
- American Dental Association – information for Current and Future Dental Students
Information on dental schools and financial resources for dental students.
- American Dental Association Information on Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs
-Allied Dental Student Scholarship Program
-Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program
-Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship Program
Please note that you must be already enrolled in dental school to apply.
- American Dental Education Association (ADEA) GoDental
- American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Scholarships, Awards & Fellowships
- Colgate Professional Scholarships & Awards
Information on Financing Your Nursing School Education
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Extensive list of scholarships, loans, and loan forgiveness programs for nursing students.
- Discover Nursing
Extensive searchable list of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
- Health Web Search Nursing Scholarships
- Extensive list of scholarship/funding opportunities for nursing students.
- Minority Nurse.com Scholarships
List of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for under-represented students in nursing, plus a personalized search tool.
- Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN Bridge Program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility upon graduation. This selective program of the U.S. Government helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work at these facilities for at least 2 years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire. As much as half of the award funds are reserved for students pursuing a master's level nurse practitioner degree.
- National Student Nurses Association Scholarships
Scholarship information and links to other opportunities for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Click on 'Foundation and Scholarships'.
- Nurses – Nursing Scholarships for College and Graduate School
The organization's mission is to connect you to valuable resources to help advance your career with a Bachelor's in Nursing degree.
Information on Financing Your Physical Therapy School Education
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
List of scholarships, grants and other awards for Physical Therapy students.
- Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy offers a number of funding opportunities to support physical therapist researchers.
Information on Financing Your Optometry School Education
- American Optometric Association (AOA) COMPASS
Guide to optometric loans, grants and scholarships.
- American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
The American Optometric Foundation offers many award, grant, scholarship and research opportunities.
Information on Financing Your Public Health Education
- Public Health Online
Information on public health careers, degrees in public health and financing your education.