Since inception, National Medical Fellowships’ scholarships and awards have been at the core of its programming. NMF scholarship programs recognize merit as well as financial need. Over the years, funding for scholarships has come from hundreds of foundations and from individuals. NMF actively seeks and welcomes partnerships to build the scholarship program.

General Eligibility

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Underrepresented minority student*
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

See below for scholarship program descriptions, which may include additional eligibility requirements.

As new scholarships and awards become available during the year, they will be listed on the NMF website and social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Paula Mejia at pmejia@nmfonline.org


About the Scholarship Programs

Aura E. Severinghaus Award

The Aura E. Severinghaus Award was established in 1975 to honor the memory of NMF Board member and Associate Dean Emeritus of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. This special award provides a $2,000 scholarship to one (1) fourth year medical student who has demonstrated leadership during his/her tenure in medical school. The award recipient is nominated by the Office of Diversity at Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. David K. McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT

The Dr. David K. McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT is designed to increase the number of qualified physicians who are interested in a career in Ophthalmology or Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialties. The scholarship is a $5,000 award to one (1) African American, Afro-Latino, or Native American medical student in New York City. Eligible candidates must be committed to academic excellence, research, leadership and service. The awarded scholar is required to attend the Award Ceremony in November 2016.

Franklin C. McLean Award

Instituted in 1968 in memory of the NMF founder and is presented during the AAMC Annual Meeting, this award provides a $5,000 scholarship to one (1) senior medical student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program

The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics was established in 1997 and provides a $5,000 scholarship to two (2) outstanding medical students with an interest in pediatrics with an emphasis on nutrition.

Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship Program

The Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship was established in 1982 in honor of the longtime NMF contributor in Minneapolis/St. Paul. This award provides a $5,000 scholarship to two (2) 2nd or 3rd year underrepresented minority medical students enrolled in a Minnesota medical school, in recognition of leadership and community service.

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

Established by the Manhattan Central Medical Society in 2014, this award provides a $2,000 scholarship to one (1) African American medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school the greater New York City area.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Research Scholarships

Established in 2013, this award provides a $6,000 scholarship to two (2) 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year minority medical students in New York City, to support community health research that reflects addressing health inequities in New York City.

New York Community Trust/NMF Medical Education & Policy Scholarship

NMF is excited to award an additional scholarship with the New York Community Trust. This scholarship provides $6,000 to one (1) minority medical student interested in medical education or health policy research. The student must be affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, or Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

NMF National Alumni Council Scholarship Program

Established to help address the severe national shortage of physician-leaders who are committed to the health of underserved communities, this award will provide a $5,000 scholarship to eight (8) current fourth-year medical students from underrepresented minority groups who have demonstrated evidence of community service and leadership potential at an early stage in their professional careers.

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship

Established in 2013, this award provides a $7,500 scholarship to one (1) 2nd or 3rd year underrepresented minority medical student, in training in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, with clinical interest in hematology.

William and Charlotte Cadbury Award

Established in 1977 in honor of NMF’s former Executive Director and his wife, this award provides a $5,000 scholarship to one (1) senior medical student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

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