Scholarships for Women in Healthcare

Grants and scholarships are an excellent way to fund a medical education, one of the most costly educations to pursue. They require no repayment and are a great way to compensate the increasing cost of medical education.

Organizations encourage women to pursue higher education by offering scholarships, without any need to take student loans. A number of medical scholarships and grant programs are available for all women across the nation, who are in need of financial aid to pursue their education in medical career paths like general physician, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, psychiatry, physical therapy and all others.

Dentistry Grants and Scholarships

An advanced medical degree is required to become a dentist. Rising educational costs for studying the advanced medical degree are always a concern. Today, a number of scholarships, grants and fellowships exist to support aspiring dentists.

Below is the list of scholarships and fellowships that dentists may be eligible to receive:

The Regents Health Care Scholarship for Medicine and Dentistry

Grantor: The scholarship is sponsored by New York State Education Department, specially designed for underrepresented populations like for women and minorities.

Scholarship Funds: The maximum numbers of awards distributed are 100, out of which 80 awards are distributed in Medicine and the other 20 in Dentistry.

Eligibility: The applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  1. The candidates must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident, national or a refugee, who is a legal resident of New York State for one year at least.
  2. The applicants must be graduate students enrolled in an approved Dental or Medical school of New York full-time.
  3. Upon graduation, the recipient must agree to a one-year service commitment in a New York State health care facility for each year of the award.

Contact Information: For further information, contact

Lewis Hall,
Scholarship Processing Unit,
Scholarships and Grants Administration Unit,
Education Building Addition, Room 1078,
Albany, NY 12230

Call (518) 486-1319, fax (518) 486-5346 or email for more details.

Dr. Bessie Elizabeth Delaney Award for Female Students

Grantor: The National Dental Association (NDA) sponsors the award in honor of Dr. Bessie Elizabeth Delaney and is open to female dental students.

Scholarship Funds: One $10,000 scholarship is given to the selected female dental student.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the scholarship:

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and must be a member of the National Dental Association (NDA).
  2. The applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate dental degree.

How to Apply: The applicants must submit the following documents to apply for the award:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A letter of request for award consideration
  3. Description and cost of the program
  4. Nomination from the applicant’s Program Director
  5. Two recommendation letters

Contact Information: The completed application form with all the supporting documents must be mailed to:

Dr. Roosevelt Brown
1623 W. 23rd Street
Little Rock, AR 7220

Visit to submit the application online.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Short-Term Training Awards

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) supports basic and clinical research, conducts and funds research training, promotes and transfers the health information gained from the research to the health professionals, public, researchers and policy makers, in order to improve craniofacial, dental and oral health.

The program provides an opportunity to obtain research experience for women and underrepresented minority dental students during their training. While training, the recipients receive a monthly stipend.

The applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident by law or a non-citizen national of the U.S. The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. dental school. An agreement to fulfill payback requirements must be signed by the recipients. For further details, contact NIDCR at (301) 594-7617.

Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Program Scholarships

Grantor: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is a recognized organization in the specialty of pediatric oral health care. The organization is a leader in serving some prominent areas which include:

  • Special and advanced-level care for patients, infants, adolescents and children, who are in need of special health care.
  • Developing clinical guidelines and oral health policies for pediatric dentistry.
  • Contributing professional scholarly works and education programs related to children’s dental care for pediatric and general dentists.
  • Providing latest advocacy news regarding children’s oral health care.

Scholarship Details: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry offers five scholarships for their Master Clinician Program, providing an opportunity for practicing dentists to develop innovations and techniques in dental care.


  1. Priority for selecting the candidates in their program is first given to those candidates who want to enroll as faculty members in either a dental school or a residency program in United States.
  2. The selected candidates will be attending the Academy for Academic Leadership’s Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL), which is held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.
  3. The recipients selected for their scholarship will have an opportunity to attend the AAPD Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry course, with the choice of the recipient’s preferred location.

Visit to see the original announcement of the scholarship and to know more details. E-mail, or contact Educational Affairs Manager Mr. Scott Dollhouse at (312) 337-2169.

AAPD’s Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship Sponsored by Preventech

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and past-president Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo created this fellowship with intent of providing an opportunity for those individuals who are interested in contributing the advocacy and research activities of the Academy.

Individuals in their first five years post-residency and pediatric dental residents are encouraged to apply. The selected recipient will serve as a research assistant for a research project of the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. Payment for travel and stipend is provided in the form of cash.

Visit to see the original announcement of the fellowship and for further information, e-mail, or contact Educational Affairs Manager Mr. Scott Dollhouse at (312) 337-2169.

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Prosthodontics Group Student Research Fellowship

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission of contributing advance research in improving the oral health worldwide, thereby supporting the oral health research community.

The IADR Prosthodontics Group Student Research Fellowship, co-sponsored by VITA Zahnfabrik and PG and administered by the IADR Prosthodontics Group (PG), has been created for those individuals who want to pursue their career in Prosthodontics, which is an oral health research-related topic.


  1. The fellowship is open to graduate students, residents and dental students.
  2. Students applying for this fellowship must be sponsored by faculty members, who are official members of the PG of the IADR.
  3. An individual can submit only one application in any year.
  4. A recipient who has won this fellowship previously cannot apply again.

Fellowship Funds: A cash prize of $3,000 and funds up to $1,500 to support the traveling costs to present the results of the research at an annual IADR General Session & Exhibition.

How to Apply:

  1. Interested candidates must prepare a proposal including sections like the objective of the research, the resources used for it, the materials, and methods used, the data used for it, citing the literature, faculty sponsor details and making sure to indicate that the research exactly follows the present NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.
  2. The proposal should also include a cover letter from the faculty sponsor and curriculum vitae. The proposals should be emailed to the fellowship committee chair, Dr. Wael Att at, as an attached PDF-compatible or MS Word document.

Visit to see the original announcement of the fellowship and for further information, contact Dr. Wael Att at

International Association for Dental Research Colgate Oral Health Research Award

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR)’s Oral Health Research Group announces the Colgate Oral Health Research Award for research in oral health, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company.


  1. Preference for this award is given to a Dental Hygienist, who must be a member of the IADR Oral Health Research Group.
  2. The nominations must include Curriculum Vitae, highlight the body of the research and should provide evidence that the applicant has originally conducted the research.
  3. The nomination letter must include the citations of the research published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Researchers who are currently in contract with Colgate-Palmolive cannot apply for this reward.

Grant Funds: A cash award of $2,000 is given for the award winner, to support the traveling and other related costs, in order to participate in the Oral Health Research Group activities and to attend the IADR annual meeting.

Visit to see the original announcement of the reward. The nominations must be electronically submitted to Award Chair Frances Doherty Genco at

Nursing Scholarships and Grants

Nursing is one of the most prominent professions and the demand for nurses is increasing day by day. Though nursing is a wonderful profession, an education or program in nursing is costly. But with the help of generous scholarships from universities, colleges and organizations, women can pursue a baccalaureate or an advance degree in nursing.

Below is the list of some of the nursing scholarships and grants that are available:

Nursing Scholarship Program

To allay the shortage of registered nurses, the U.S. Government introduced the Nursing Scholarship Program, to facilitate the needy students to complete their nurse training. The applicants for the Nursing Scholarship Program are accepted once every year.

To be eligible, the applicant must

  1. Be either U.S.-born or a naturalized citizen, a Permanent Resident by law or a U.S. national.
  2. Be a full or part-time student enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited registered nursing program located in a U.S. state or a U.S. Territory (Diploma, Baccalaureate, Associate Degree or Graduate).
  3. Applicants enrolled in LPN programs, dual-degree programs, bridge programs and online study programs are not eligible.
  4. Must not have any Federal judgment liens.
  5. Must be free from existing service commitments.
  6. Must not be due to Federal debt.

The candidates selected for this scholarship must provide their service at a health care facility with shortage of nurses for at least two years in exchange for the scholarship.

The Nursing Scholarship Program pays

  1. Monthly stipend.
  2. Tuition and required fees is directly paid to the school.
  3. Costs of clinical supplies/instruments, books and uniforms.

Visit to know more details of the scholarship. For assistance, contact or call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) weekdays (except Federal holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Neuroscience Nursing Foundation (NNF)

Established by the American Association of Nurses, NNF supports nursing research in the field of neurologic care, thereby enhancing the role of nurses. For those interested in nursing, the Foundation provides research and travel grants. For registered nurses interested in neurosciences, the foundation funds recertification grants.

NNF awards $10,000 for the Integra Foundation NNF Research, $1,000 for the Travel Grant program and an amount of $215 for the Recertification Grant award. For further information, call 509.738.2542, fax 509.738.2580 or email Visit to know more about their grants and scholarships.

Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation supports medical and health education, which includes funding scholarships for medical students, for students pursuing careers in allied health care professions (occupational therapists, nurses (min. 2-yr. program), physical therapists and respiratory therapists), providing student loans to medical students, providing grants for education and research.

Some of their scholarships in the field of nursing are as follows:

John D. and Virginia Riesch Scholarship

Scholarship funds are for students pursuing their career as nurses or physicians. Preferable applicants are medical students attending UW School of Medicine and Public Health or nursing students attending UW-Madison.

The applicants must submit a personal statement explaining “How you have demonstrated empathy, recognition of colleagues, passion for learning and the desire to share your knowledge to educate colleagues and patients.” The candidates must be willing to practice in Wisconsin.

Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship

The scholarship funds American Indian students pursuing training as doctors or nurses, to practice medicine or in a health-related field. An award of $1,000 or more is given to the recipient.

To be eligible for the scholarship,

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe that is federally recognized.
  2. The applicant must complete high school.
  3. The candidate must be enrolled in an accredited college, technical school or university in a medical or health-related program, which includes nurses, medical doctors, technicians, physician assistants or other health careers.
  4. Undergraduate students majoring in a pre-med program or in a health-related field can apply.
  5. Adults who are simultaneously pursuing a professional degree or license and working in a non-professional health related area are eligible to apply.
  6. Adults returning to school in a health-related program can also apply.

How To Apply

For the above-mentioned scholarships, the applicant must submit the following supporting documents:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proof of Tribal membership
  • Photo (requested but not required)
  • Financial Award Letter, only if available

Contact Information

All the supporting documents must be sent to

Executive Director
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 1109
Madison, WI 53701

For any questions, call them at (608) 442-3800 or (866) 442-3800 or fax (608) 442-3851. Visit to download the application.

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Scholarships and Grants

The ONS Foundation supports oncology nurses around the world, through their awards, research grants and scholarships. The Foundation offers over 70 scholarship and grant opportunities totaling $500,000. Here is the list of some of their scholarships:

Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded annually to those individuals who want to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing and are committed to oncology nursing. To be eligible, the applicant cannot have a college degree or hold an RN license. For more information, visit

Master’s Scholarships

Master’s degree scholarships, supported by the ONS Foundation, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, are awarded annually. To be eligible,

  1. Candidate must be enrolled at a CCNE or NLN accredited School of Nursing, in a masters nursing degree program.
  2. Must have current license as a registered nurse and must have interest and commitment to oncology nursing.
  3. After completing the degree, a summary describing his/her educational activities, must be submitted by the nurse.

For more details, go to

Doctoral Scholarships

Doctoral scholarships are awarded annually at $3,000 and $5,000. To be eligible:

  1. The candidate must be enrolled a DNP, PhD or DNSc nursing degree program.
  2. The applicant must have interest and commitment to oncology nursing.
  3. She/he must have a license as a registered nurse.
  4. At the end of each year, the recipient must submit a summary describing his/her educational activities.

Visit for more details.

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Academic Scholarships

AORN, a non-profit membership association, supports the interests of perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, clinical resources, standards and practices, enabling them to serve the patients undergoing operative procedures.

The AORN Foundation awards scholarships to registered nurses who want to continue their education in perioperative nursing by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree and also for those individuals who want to pursue their career in perioperative nursing. The applicants must have a minimum qualifying grade of 3.0 GPA.

To apply for their academic scholarship program, click here.

GMU – Violet B. Robinson Endowed Scholarship


  1. Students enrolled in the George Mason University nursing program are eligible for the scholarship.
  2. Juniors in the nursing program who have completed the 45 to 48 semester hours of prerequisites and have a GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply.
  3. The applicants must demonstrate their financial need. In order to determine the applicant’s financial need, the applicant must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and file the application with the Office of Student Financial Aid within the deadline date.

Lauren C. Poon, M.D. Scholarship Fund

The Asian Pacific Fund is a community foundation and the scholarship was established in the memory of Dr. Lauren C. Poon, a physician from the Castro Valley community. An award of $1,000 is given to the selected applicant, which is not renewable.


  1. Students from San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, San Leandro or Hayward, CA are eligible to apply.
  2. The applicant must be a High school graduate of Alameda County and must be enrolled full-time in an accredited four year-college or university.
  3. The applicant’s career can be in public health, medicine or allied health field.
  4. A minimum of 3.5 GPA is required.
  5. Community service and Financial need.

For any questions about the scholarship, email The applications for the scholarship should be sent to or Lauren C. Poon, MD Scholarship, Asian Pacific Fund, 225 Bush Street, Suite 590, San Francisco CA 94104.

BLHS Scholarship for Lutheran Nursing Students

With the intent of developing God-pleasing attitudes among the Lutheran youth who are interested in pursuing their career in the field of developmental and disabilities services, Bethesda’s awards and scholarships program was established. A scholarship of $3,000 is given to two college students who are enrolled in the field of developmental and disabilities services.

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to

  1. Candidates who are active members of a Lutheran church.
  2. Must have earned sophomore status or higher at a university or college and it’s not necessary to be a Lutheran college.
  3. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  4. The application should include a short, relevant essay, with letters of reference and be able to provide evidence of working for 100 hours volunteer/paid work in the field of developmental disabilities.

Contact Information: Visit to download the scholarship application and for further information e-mail or call 800.383.8743 ext. 4410 or 920.206.4410; Fax: 920.206.7706.

BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship

The BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship in memory of Edna Rose Anthony, who is one of the founding members of BECA, Inc. The organization volunteers by providing assistance to many local organizations in the community. Three individual scholarships worth of $500 each are given to the selected candidates.


  1. Must be enrolled as a high school senior with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  2. The candidates who are eligible must attend a Historically Black University or College and declare a major in Nursing/Healthcare, Criminal Justice or Journalism.
  3. Must submit an application containing an essay of 1,000 words on “Why I want to pursue a career in one of the following areas of study: Nursing/Healthcare/Criminal Justice/Journalism-Communication.”

The applications must be mailed to:

BECA, Inc.
P.O. Box 42039,
Charlotte, NC 28215

or faxed to (704) 943-4454. Visit to download the scholarship application.

Grants and Scholarships for Medical School and Healthcare

Here is the list of some of the scholarships for students in medical and healthcare education programs:

Medical & Health Professions Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Shelby County, Ohio sponsors the Medical & Health Professions Scholarship. Two scholarships worth $1,000 are awarded to the selected candidates.

The applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  1. The applicants can be residents of any public school district or graduates of high schools within Shelby County (Ohio) pursuing a master’s degree, associate, bachelor’s or a certificate in medical or health professions with a grade point average of at least 2.0 GPA, are eligible.
  2. The eligible candidates can apply during any year of their education.
  3. Candidates, who are not enrolled in a post-secondary or high school program, during the last two years, cannot comply with this scholarship.

Contact Information: For any questions, contact the Foundation office at (937) 497-7800 or

Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program

The Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program has been providing financial assistance to outstanding students who want to pursue their health-related careers. Five scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to the selected candidates.


  1. The program is open to full-time undergraduate students entering their junior and senior year of study.
  2. If students are not in a four-year program, they are eligible for the scholarship when they enter either their second-to-last year or final year of their undergraduate study in the upcoming fall.
  3. The scholarship is not open to graduate students, high school students or first-year undergraduates.
  4. The student should be enrolled in a program related to a career in health care in an accredited institution. Some of the qualifying degree programs include public/community health, dentistry, pre-medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, physical therapy, chemistry, optometry, occupational therapy, biology and pharmacy.
  5. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  6. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  7. International students are also eligible for the scholarship program if they are attending a U.S. university or college.
  8. A student is eligible to receive the award for no more than two academic years.

The applicant must mail the following documents to Gallagher Koster
Attn: Scholarship, 500 Victory Road, Quincy MA 02171:

  • Completed scholarship application form.
  • Financial aid form filled by Financial Aid representative.
  • Letters of Recommendation, out of which at least one letter, must be from a faculty advisor or a professor.
  • Official transcripts from the Registrar’s office.

For any further information, email or fax to 617-479-0860. Visit to download the application form.

The Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship

The Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship Fund was established by the Dauphin County Medical Society within the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the deserving second-year medical student of the Penn State College of Medicine.

To be eligible:

  1. The candidate must be a resident of Pennsylvania for a period of at least 12 months. She must be a bona fide resident even before registering as a medical student.
  2. The candidate must be enrolled full-time at Penn State College of Medicine and must be a second-year medical student.
  3. The applicant must be a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The applicant must submit:

  • The application form
  • Two reference letters documenting the applicant’s potential as a future physician with a description of her interpersonal skills, and a letter from Penn State College of Medicine showing her full-time enrollment and a second-year medical student.
  • A one-page essay describing “An event or a person who influenced you most to become a physician and how you consider yourself leading others into medicine.”
  • A Pennsylvania Medical Society membership application, fully completed, is required only when the candidate is not a member.

For more information, email or call the Foundation at (717) 558-7854. Visit to download the scholarship application.

Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund Scholarship

The LeCoMASE Fund Scholarship, administered by the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is for the medical students residing in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a qualified medical student.

The applicants eligible for this scholarship must be:

  1. A United States citizen.
  2. A Pennsylvania resident from Lehigh County for a period of at least 12 months, before registering as a medical student.
  3. The candidate must be enrolled in an accredited United States medical school full-time.

The applicant must submit:

  • Scholarship application form fully completed.
  • Two reference letters describing the applicant’s skills and potential as a future physician; a letter from the applicant’s medical school, showing evidence of his/her full-time enrollment at their institution as a medical student.
  • A one-page essay addressing his/her expectations and goals in medicine.

Visit to download the scholarship application and for further information, contact the Foundation at (717) 558-7854, or email

Myrtle Siegfried MD and Michael Vigilante MD Scholarship Fund

The Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship, established in 1999, was a contribution from Elena Pascal, Foundation trustee, and her sister, Carla Vigilante, in memory of their parents Drs. Siegfried and Vigilante. An amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to a qualified first year medical student.


  1. Must be a resident of Northampton, Lehigh or Berks Counties in Pennsylvania.
  2. Must be enrolled in an accredited United States medical school full-time and should be entering into her first year of medical school.

The applicant must submit:

  • An application form fully completed.
  • Two reference letters documenting the candidate’s skills and potential as a future physician, a letter from the candidate’s medical school providing evidence of her full-time enrollment at their institution and is a first year medical student.
  • An essay describing why the applicant chose to become a physician and what contributions she expects to make to the health profession.

Visit to download the application and for further details email or call the Foundation at (717) 558-7854.

Mark B. Holzman Scholarship

Grantor: Mark B. Holzman Scholarship Trust. An award up to $2,000, for graduate study, will be given to the selected candidate.


  1. Must be a Delaware resident with financial need
  2. Must be enrolled full-time in a graduate-level program in medicine (M.D. or D.O only), law, dentistry or the ministry programs at U.S. academic institutions.

For further information, call (302) 855-2816 or contact

Mark B. Holzman Scholarship Trust
c/o Wilmington Trust Company
Attn: Personal Trust and Private Banking
3 South DuPont Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947-2802

American School Health Association Scholarship

The American School Health Association (ASHA) provides financial assistance to those students whose professional and academic goal is to contribute to better health for all children and youth.

Three scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually, one each to students in Pediatric/Adolescent Medicine or Dentistry, School Health Education and School Nursing. In addition to the scholarship, the selected recipients will receive registration for ASHA’s Annual School Health Conference where the award is presented and one-year ASHA Membership.


  1. The applicant must be a junior, senior or a graduate student enrolled in an institution of higher education part-time or full-time. High school students are not eligible to apply.
  2. The candidate must have a declared major related to any one of the following specializations:
    • Pediatric / Adolescent Medicine or Dentistry
    • School Nursing
    • School Health Education
  3. Other health specializations like counseling, nutrition etc. are considered, when a letter accompanies the applicant’s application form, from the applicant’s academic advisor, stating how the academic program is related to school health.
  4. The applicants must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 GPA.
  5. The applicant is not eligible if he/she has received an ASHA scholarship in the past.

Contact the American School Health Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 403, Bethesda, MD 20814. For additional information, email or call 301-652-8072. Visit to learn more about them.

American School Health Association’s Student Research Grants

The American School Health Association (ASHA)’s mission is to support school health programs, which are the foundation for school success in promoting the health of youth and children. Student Research Grants are awarded annually to those students who want to complete their research in certain areas related to their mission.


  1. All graduate or undergraduate students who are members of ASHA can apply.
  2. Simultaneous proposal submission and membership is accepted.
  3. Once a grant is accepted, a satisfactory report has to be submitted by the recipient, giving the rights to the editor for publishing it in any ASHA publication or at an ASHA conference.

Visit for grant proposal guidelines and for further information, email or call (800) 455-2742.

TELACU’s Health Careers Program

The TELACU Education Foundation gives hundreds of scholarships every year to students residing in New York, Illinois, California and Texas. The Foundation in partnership with White Memorial Medical Center provides financial assistance to community college nursing school students.

The scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 depending upon the type of scholarship. For the Health Careers Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to cover the living, book and tuition expenses up to $9,000.


  1. The applicants must attend one of their partnering universities or colleges.
  2. The candidate must be a first-generation college student, with low income.
  3. The applicants can major in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Business.
  4. Must be a full-time student for the entire coming academic year.
  5. For all the applicants residing in California: The candidates must be a permanent resident, belonging to an underserved community, within Los Angeles, San Bernardino or Orange counties such as East Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, Bell Gardens, Monterey Park, Commerce, Montebello, Huntington Park, City of Los Angeles & Santa Ana, The Inland Empire, South Gate, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights or other communities, which are selected for including in their scholarship program by the LINC TELACU Education Foundation.
  6. For all the applicants residing in New York: The applicant must be a permanent resident of the state of New York.
  7. For all the applicants residing in Texas: The applicant must be a permanent resident of Austin or San Antonio.
  8. For all the applicants residing in Illinois: Permanent residents of Greater Chicagoland are eligible.
  9. The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 GPA.

For further information, contact Araceli Hernandez at or Daniel Garcia at or call 323.721.1655 or fax 323.721.3560. Visit their website, for more about the Foundation programs and for their scholarship guidelines, visit

Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Scholarships

The mission of the foundation is to support medical and health education. Their scholarship program supports outstanding medical students and students enrolled in allied health professions to pursue their career.

Rukmini and Joyce Vasudevan Scholarship for Women: Female students entering their third or fourth year of medical school are eligible for this scholarship. The applicant must submit a personal statement explaining her compassion, hard work, courage or caring despite obstacles or adversity in life.

General Medical Education Scholarship: To be eligible for this scholarship:

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  2. The applicant must be enrolled in a medical school for full-time or pursue any of the following health career programs in Wisconsin at an accredited school or institution:
    • Physical Therapy
    • Nursing with minimum 2-year program
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Respiratory Therapy
  3. The applicants must either completed or in the process of completing their first year of medical school or health career program.
  4. Applicants pursuing medical degree, awards are not granted for their undergraduate school.
  5. Preference is given to those applicants who are closer to completing their study, those who are from Wisconsin schools and those who are interested in practicing in Wisconsin after completion of study.

Robert Jason Gore Scholarship: The above-mentioned eligibility requirements apply for this scholarship. The applicants must provide a personal statement explaining how she lives the values of loyalty, honor and chivalry, and how she uses those qualities or values in caring for patients.

Goodman-Goodell Scholarship: The scholarship is for those who are from the Portage, Wisconsin area, who are currently in their second year of medical school in Wisconsin and should be interested in specializing in general family practice or pulmonary medicine.

How to Apply: The applicant must submit an application form, transcripts, letter of recommendation, personal statement, photo and Financial Award Letter (if available) to:

Executive Director
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 1109
Madison, WI 53701

To download the application form, click on For further information call them at (608) 442-3800 or (866) 442-3800, or fax (608) 442-3851.

Grants and Scholarships in Physical Therapy

To defray the costs of schooling in physical therapy, students must seek out grants and scholarships. Each state has its own physical therapy association. Students can inquire about the scholarship grants from these associations of their respective states.

Here is the list of some of the scholarship grants that can help Physical Therapy students.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Therapy Scholarships

The department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health offers the following scholarships for physical therapy students enrolled at their university.

  • Caroline, Clara, Charles and Mildred Harper Scholarship for two female Physical Therapy Students: this scholarship was established by the Harper Scholarship Fund, with an intent to award two first-year physical therapy students with a scholarship of $1,200 each for their second year of study. To be eligible, the applicants must exhibit outstanding academic performance and proof of financial need.
  • The Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship: The Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship of $2,000 annually to a second-year physical therapy student. The scholarship is based on the applicant’s potential for leadership and outstanding academic achievement in Physical Therapy.
  • PT Alumni Scholarships: PT Alumni Scholarships, established by the Graduates of the UW-Madison PT Program, fund a total scholarship of $1,500 to a first-year Physical Therapy DPT candidate. The recipient of this scholarship should serve as an Instructional assistant in PT 501 and Anatomy 622.
  • Jean L. Roland Scholarship: The Jean L. Roland Scholarship was established in memory of Jean L. Roland for her contributions and service to the field of Physical Therapy. A scholarship of $600 is awarded to a physical therapy student during their second year of graduate study.
  • Barbara Ellen Gerlich-Hoefeyzer Scholarship: A scholarship of $800 is awarded to both a first-year and sophomore physical therapy student. The applicants must demonstrate excellent performance, financial need and potential of leadership in the field of Physical Therapy.
  • The Physical Therapy Student Scholarship: A gift from an anonymous donor in the form of a scholarship is awarded to an enrolled/accepted physical therapy student.
  • Amelia Doyon Scholarship: A scholarship of $500 is awarded every year to a first-year female physical therapy student. The applicant can be considered for the scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

To know more details of the above-mentioned scholarships, contact Mr. Leigh Larson, Education Programs Manager – Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at (608) 265-9174 or email For more details, visit

International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons (IOKDS)’s Health Careers Scholarship

The Health Careers Scholarship Program was started in May 1976 and is supported by generous contributions from the King’s Daughters and Sons’ members. The number of scholarships available may vary every year and the scholarships are $1,000.


  1. A U.S or Canadian citizen enrolled full-time in an accredited school in a field related to health like Physical or Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy or Medical Technologies.
  2. The applicant must be at least in her third year of college.
  3. R.N. students, to be eligible, must complete their first year of schooling.
  4. Pre-med students cannot apply.
  5. For candidates seeking degrees of D.D.S. or M.D., the application must be during their second year of dental or medical school.

The application form for the scholarship has to be requested via postal mail. The applicant must send a note of request requesting for the application form, along with self-addressed stamped envelope, to:

Health Careers Scholarship Director
PO Box 1040
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Once the request is received, the director will return the application through the applicant’s sent envelope.

For further details, call (716) 357-4951, email or fax (716) 357-3762. Visit their website,, for more information.

The Tylenol Scholarship Fund

Tylenol offers a total amount of $250,000 in scholarships for students who are pursuing their degrees in health care. The company offers 150 grants of $1,000 and 20 scholarships of $5,000 to the qualified applicants. Post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students in the field of health care, which includes physical therapy, are eligible to apply.

Visit to apply and learn more about their scholarships.

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)’s Scholarship of Excellence Award

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions sponsors Scholarship of Excellence Award for its allied health students. Some of the Allied Health Professionals include dental hygienists, medical technologists, physical therapists, diagnostic medical sonographers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, respiratory therapists and radiographers.

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the selected candidate with outstanding academic achievements, good communication skills, potential of leadership, service to the community and institution and extracurricular activities.

To receive the ASAHP scholarship, the applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be enrolled in a school or college accredited by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.
  2. At least one term, which may be a quarter, trimester or semester, must be completed successfully.
  3. The applicant must be enrolled in any health discipline. Candidates belonging to MOD-VOP group are not eligible to apply.
  4. Candidates enrolled in any entry-level or degree-level programs, which includes associate, master’s, baccalaureate and doctoral are eligible to apply.

Visit to download the application form and for any questions, call (202) 237-6481 or email

The Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s scholarship program consists of a number of scholarship funds in various disciplines. The Foundation offers the following Physical Therapy scholarships:

  • Dr. Alvin & Monica Saake Foundation Fund: The scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Alvin Saake for his contributions to higher education. To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicants must be a graduate student or college junior or senior with a major in Physical Therapy, Physical Education, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, Leisure Science, Athletic Training or Occupational Therapy.
  • Paulina L. Sorg Scholarship: The scholarship was established from the Trust of Paulina Sorg. A graduate or college junior or senior students enrolled in Physical therapy or Nursing fields are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

For more details about their scholarships, visit their website,

American Physical Therapy Association Scholarships and Grants

The association provides scholarships annually through their foundation “Foundation for Physical Therapy.”

Florence P Kendall Doctoral Scholarship Program

Kendall Doctoral Scholarships is part of the Foundation’s Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars (DOCS) program.

The Florence P Kendall Doctoral Scholarship program was established with an intent of providing support to the physical therapists and physical therapist assistants towards their doctoral program. An award of $5,000 will be given to a highly qualified applicant who exhibits outstanding performance within her first year of post-professional doctoral program.


  1. For Physical Therapists: The applicant must be a licensed physical therapist in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction and her license must meet all the requirements, which includes a good passing score on the licensure exam.
  2. For Physical Therapist Assistants: The applicant must be a licensed physical therapist assistant in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction and her license must meet all the requirements which includes a good passing score on the licensure exam.
  3. Candidates enrolled in Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  4. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-professional doctoral program which is fully accredited.
  5. Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of U.S.
  6. Physical Therapist Assistant applicants can be eligible to get support from the Foundation, only for the intervention studies which are provided by the Physical Therapists.

Visit to review the scholarship guidelines and instructions and to download the application form.

Foundation Research Grant Program

The Foundation’s Research Grant program funds the emerging investigators for their research in some specified areas. The recipient will be funded with an amount of $40,000 for research, which must be done in U.S. institutions only.

A Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant is said to be an emerging investigator, if she has completed graduate, post-graduate or post-professional work, has some research experience and has not been awarded an RO1 (Research Project Grant) Federal Grant.

A Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant can also be an emerging investigator, if she begins research in a new field or wants to do a research within an existing field of research.

For the eligibility requirements, application form and guidelines, visit


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    I attend Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. My major is Speech and Hearing Science, because I would love to become a Speech Pathologist. My graduation date is May 2015, and I am a senior facing huges amounts of problems in paying for my last two years. Due to changing my major, I ran out of federal pell grant and I am not sure what to do next. I finished the Spring semester of 2013 with a 3.25 G.P.A. I really want to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Science in order to attend graduate school to become a Speech Pathologist. I really need the help and I promise you that you will not regret helping out. If there is anyway possible that I could obtain any money paid directly to my current school that I am enrolled in I would greatly be appreciative.

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  • Reply gerald June 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    please I am 28 years old single female, a physiotherapist . i am looking forward to studying medicine and surgery abroad. i need a scholarship to help me achieve this goal.please i need you to advice me and show me which scholarship will be appropriate for me. thank you

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    Hi. I am a Kenyan lady, admitted into one of our local universities for a medical course. However, my family cannot afford the fees and other expenses. I will appreciate any form of assistance. The academic year begins in November. Thank you.

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    I am a mom of two babies and looking to go back to school to receive my certificate in MRI. I am already a registered tech. The school I am attending is very pricey and does not offer finacial aid for certificates. Are there any scholarships to help me?

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