The United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program was designed to help develop the future health workforce and create healthier communities by providing an opportunity for US minority medical students to engage in community service, develop critical skills, and join an active collegial network. The program’s mission is to meet the need for culturally competent physician-leaders to better serve the community and ultimately improve health.
Number/Value of Awards
The United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program provides $7,000 scholarship awards to 22 qualified underrepresented minority medical students who:
- have demonstrated leadership at an early stage of their careers
- and are committed to serving medically underserved communities.
Each awardee will conduct a self-directed community health project of 200 hours at a community site of choice in an underserved community in one of the eligible locations between December 2014 – April 2015.
Scholars who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to reapply to the program for a second year. Scholars who participate in the second year of the program will complete an independent community health study on a topic that builds off on their first year service project. The independent community health study should explore in depth information gained from the first year.
Each candidate must be enrolled in an accredited medical school in:
- New York (specifically greater metropolitan New York City area, including- NY, CT, PA, NJ)
- Florida (Orlando and Greater Miami area)
- Louisiana (New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Shreveport)
- Georgia (Atlanta)