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UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine Medical Alumni Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded by UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine Medical Alumni Funds. You will need to apply for these scholarships individually through the Financial Aid Office.

Legacy Impact for Underrepresented in Medicine Award

We are pleased to announce an award of $10,000 for a graduating medical student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine (belonging to those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population) with demonstrated financial need, whose academic and extracurricular activities have clearly demonstrated an interest and commitment to reducing health inequities. Applicants need to be in good academic standing.

If you are interested in applying please complete the following:

Please submit completed application materials electronically to Sheila_Graham@med.unc.edu by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Loyalty Fund Scholarships

The UNC School of Medicine Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund scholarship program was established in 1966 with a modest stipend to six students. The program now provides over 60 scholarships per year. We are fortunate to have a number of these scholarships endowed, and combined with annual gifts from our alumni, we are able to reach more students. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated altruism, integrity, leadership, diversity and a commitment to community service.
Click here for more information about Loyalty Fund Scholarships.

Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Scholarships

The premier scholarship program of the UNC School of Medicine, the Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Loyalty Fund Scholarships are awarded annually to four first‐year medical students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, strong curiosity, leadership qualities, and commitment to service and, in some cases, financial need. These students enjoy the benefits of the Blanchard Scholarship throughout their four years of medical school. Through the generosity of Lucius Blanchard, MD ’68 the Blanchard Carolina Family Loyalty Fund Scholarship and loan program was created in 2008.

The Blanchard Scholarship provides:

  • A four‐year scholarship intended to equal, as near as possible, the cost of in‐state tuition.
  • A Carolina Family Loan will provide an interest‐free loan of $20,000 a year for four years. The student has up to 10 years after graduation from medical school to repay the loan.
  • Carolina Family Enrichment funds of $5,000 annually to enhance the student’s educational experience. Money from the fund can be used for research projects, travel or other expenses related to their education.

The selection process:

  • There is no scholarship application.
  • Recipients are selected by a committee following their admission to the MD program

Click here for more information about the Blanchard Carolina Family Scholarships.

Pamela A. Oliver, MD ’01 Scholarship Award

The Pamela A. Oliver, MD ’01 Scholarship Award was created by Candace Barr and Imani Sweatt, both SOM Class of 2023 candidates, with the purpose of aiding underrepresented medical students in achieving educational success at UNC School of Medicine. This award is in honor of Pamela A. Oliver, MD ’01, UNC School of Medicine alumna dedicated to enriching medicine through diversity, mentorship, quality patient care, service, and scholarship.

A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to two first-year medical students, as a one-time award. Scholars should demonstrate a commitment to advocacy, service, and the diversity of medicine.

Each recipient will receive a $1000 scholarship to offset educational expenses.

The medical school may select two students:

  • The scholarship is eligible to all members of the Class of 2024, and consideration will be given to underrepresented* minorities.
  • Eligible students will enter their first year of medical school in Fall 2020.
  • Recipients demonstrating financial need will be given preference.

* “Underrepresented” is meant to consider racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

The scholarship will be celebrated during the annual Whitehead Lecture 2021, which the awardees will be expected to attend.

If you would like to be considered, kindly email Sheila_Graham@med.unc.edu with your CV and a response to the attached essay prompt explaining why the medical school should select you for the Diversity Legacy Scholarship by May 26, 2021.

Essay Prompts
Write a 250 to 500 word response to one of the following prompts:

  1. What does diversity in medicine mean to you?
  2. How do you plan to diversify the field of medicine?

J. Rush Shull, MD Scholarships (Residency)

The J. Rush Shull M.D. scholarships were established in 1994 by the Griffin Endowment. J. Rush Shull, M.D. received his certificate of medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1908. While putting himself through Medical School, he held several jobs; including teaching histology. He received his M.D. and his training at the University of Pennsylvania, and then setup a solo practice in Rutherford County. Several years later, he returned to Harvard Medical School to pursue a radiology fellowship and became one of the first radiologists in the South. He practiced radiology in Charlotte for forty years until he retired. He passed away in 1964.

The criteria for the award include academic achievement, service to humanity, and breadth of personal and educational experience, with preference given to students who graduated from a high school in North Carolina. The award will be granted to a graduating senior who has also demonstrated a commitment to community service and who will be entering a primary care residency program in North Carolina. You may begin to complete the application process now; however, eligibility of the award will be verified after Match Day. Two recipients will be selected and awarded $15,000 each.

Please note that there is an additional application process for this scholarship. Your application will need to include:

  • A transcript (see Tiffany Pitt): you may have your transcript given directly to the Financial Aid Office – please indicate on your request form
  • A personal statement (can be emailed): You may use your personal statement that was on your residency application.
  • Curriculum Vitae (can be emailed)
  • A written statement (can be emailed): stating that you give permission for the appropriate awards committee to review the requested documents and to inquire about your financial need.

For more information about the J. Rush Shull, MD Scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

The Kevin R. Stone, MD ’81 Travel Fellowship

The Kevin R. Stone, MD ‘81 Travel Fellowships or Stone Travel Fellowships will be given annually to up to four MS4 students in good academic standing interested in a personally and professionally significant four-week elective rotation outside of North Carolina. Funds can be used to cover travel, lodging and food. Approx value $3,000.

Kevin R. Stone, MD’81 in grateful appreciation for his medical education and seminal travel experiences while a student at the UNC School of Medicine established this award in 2014-15. Dr. Stone believes firmly that the opportunity for medical students to travel domestically or internationally for a four-week elective rotation during their fourth year can be transformational to their professional careers and personal lives, while providing an opportunity to enrich the collective medical experience in North Carolina, yet, most students are unable to afford the cost of an away rotation.

Interested candidates should apply for the Stone Travel Fellowship in writing to Sheila_Graham@med.unc.edu by July 1st.  The Application consists of a one page or less description of where (domestic or international) of where you wish to travel for an elective rotation and include how the rotation will inspire your education and impact the medical community of North Carolina.

Outside Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded by various national organizations, and you will need to apply for these scholarships directly with those organizations. The Financial Aid Office will send out periodic email reminders regarding the scholarship options below as well as new scholarship opportunities that arise.

Joseph Collins Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: Students attending medical schools east of the Mississippi River who are academically ranked in the upper half of their class and are interested in neurology, psychiatry, or general practice.

The Joseph Collins Scholarship Foundation was formally established on April 18, 1951, as the result of a bequest by the late Dr. Joseph Collins, pioneer in the field of neurology, with the stated purpose of aiding needy medical students to achieve an adequate education without sacrificing all other interest in the broad fields of learning. Dr. Joseph Collins was born in Brookfield, Connecticut on September 22, 1866. After attending the University of Michigan, where to earn his way, he was obliged, in his own words “to turn to teaching in district schools,” he received his M.D. at New York University in 1888. He subsequently did postgraduate work in Germany, France, Italy, and England.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the Joseph Collins Scholarship:

  • The scholastic record and standing of the applicant; except in most unusual cases, must be in the upper half of his or her class.
  • A demonstrated interest on the part of the applicant in arts and letters or other cultural pursuits outside the field of medicine.
  • An indication that the applicant intends to consider specializing in neurology, psychiatry, or becoming a general practitioner.
  • Evidence of good moral character of the applicant.

For more information about the Joseph Collins Scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Dr. Grover W. White Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: March 2

Eligibility: Residents of Gaston, Cleveland, or Lincoln County, NC or York County, SC who will attend an educational institution in North or South Carolina, with minimum GPAs of 3.50.

This scholarship program is funded by an endowment at the Community Foundation of Gaston County and serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. Grover W. White, a respected Urologist in Gastonia for 33 years. His family purposely chose the geographic area involved in the program as a gesture of respect for his hundreds of patients and their families as well as friends whose gifts helped establish the endowment. The amount of the initial scholarship is $1,500. Recipients are eligible to apply for renewal. Applications must be received by March 2. To receive renewal, the recipient must maintain high academic standards satisfactory to the selection committee. The scholarship amount and renewal policy is subject to change based on the availability of funds.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the Dr. Grover W. White Scholarship:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Gaston, Cleveland or Lincoln County, North Carolina or York County, South Carolina who will attend an educational institution in North or South Carolina.
  • The applicant must be seeking an advanced degree in a medical related field; i.e. MSN, Nurse Practitioner, MD, DDS, PA, PT; must already hold a bachelors degree or higher with a 3.50 GPA minimum, and must be attending or have been accepted at an appropriate school for the chosen field at the time of application.

Click here to apply or find more information about the Dr. Grover W. White Scholarship.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

Amount: Variable (based in large part on the cost of educational expenses)

Deadline: June 13

Eligibility: Full-time medical students who are U.S. citizens.

This program provides scholarships to train health care professionals in those disciplines and specialties most needed to deliver primary health care services in health professional shortage areas in the United States. Scholarship recipients will receive a monthly stipend payment, and an amount for other reasonable costs, including books, laboratory cost, disability insurance, etc. In addition, the NHSC Scholarship Program also pays tuition and required fees to the training institution on behalf of the recipients.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the National Health Service Corps:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Full-time student at an accredited school, pursuing a degree in medicine (MD or DO), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant in primary care.

Click here to apply or find more information about the National Health Service Corps.

National Medical Fellowships (NMF)

Amount: Variable

Deadline: February 24

Eligibility: Underrepresented minority students committed to serving medically underserved communities.

The National Medical Fellowships were started in 1946 by Franklin C. McLean, M.D., Ph.D., who was a visionary in medical education. Dr. McLean was accustomed to breaking “new ground,” first as a founding medical director of the Peking University Medical College in China and then as the first chairman of the department of medicine of the University of Chicago’s teaching hospital and head of the University of Chicago Clinics. Dr. McLean was acutely aware of the paucity of “Negro” doctors who were trained in the medical sub-specialties. Determined to effect change in this area, Dr. McLean and a group of colleagues formed Provident Medical Associates; an organization that provided opportunities for subspecialty training to doctors on staff at Provident Hospital in Chicago. This organization later became National Medical Fellowships, Inc. There are many NMF Scholarship programs, and they all consider both merit and financial need.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for National Medical Fellowships (varies by program):

  • U.S. citizen or DACA approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Underrepresented minority student
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

Click here to apply or find more information about the National Medical Fellowships.

The Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15

Eligibility: Medical, osteopathic, or dental students of Turkish-American heritage or ancestry.

The Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest is a voluntary medical organization founded in 2005. One of the missions of TADAM is to establish enhanced academic interaction among Turkish-American Physicians in the Midwest states and the United States. The current goal of TADAM is to award two scholarships of $1,000 per year to medical, osteopathic, and/or dental students. These funds come from contributions and from TADAM’s fundraising dinners and social activities.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest Scholarship:

  • Turkish-American heritage or ancestry
  • Medical, osteopathic, or dental student at an accredited U.S. school
  • Letter from the Dean of Students verifying good standing
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement, including career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae, including education, research activities, employment, and extracurricular activities. Additional credit will be given to those with research projects relating to health care of Turkey

For more information about the Turkish American Doctors Association of the Midwest Scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

Amount: $28,000

Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: Third year medical students pursuing family medicine.

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care. By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty. 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 may apply. Financial need is not considered in the selection process. The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program Scholarship:

  • Third year medical student
  • Strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine
  • Leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service

Click here to apply or find more information about the Pisacano Leadership Foundation.

American Society of Hematology (ASHTM) Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP)

Amount: $5,000 stipend; $2,000 travel allowance

Deadline: February 1

Eligibility: Third year medical students pursuing family medicine.

The MMSAP provides funding to medical students to engage them in the study of hematology and to help them attain valuable knowledge in the field through completion of a summer research experience and attendance at the ASH annual meeting. The MMSAP includes both research and mentoring components. Participants receive a stipend to complete an eight- to 12 week summer research project with a research mentor. The mentoring begins during the application phase and continues throughout medical school and residency. In addition to the mentoring, students receive a variety of immediate and long-term benefits, including a $5,000 stipend, a $2,000 travel allowance for attending the ASH annual meeting, complimentary ASHTM journal subscription, networking opportunities, experience presenting research to more than 200 attendees, and the guidance of a research and career development mentor.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for the Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program Scholarship:

  • Third year medical student
  • Strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine
  • Leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service

Click here to apply or find more information about the American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program.