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Scholarships & Financial Aid

The 2023 Kaiser Permanente Northern California Medical Student Scholarship will begin accepting applications as of September 1, 2022!

Current third-year medical students with a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities are encouraged to apply for a chance to earn a $5,000 scholarship.

Applications open on September 1, 2022, and must be submitted by November 30, 2022.

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This guide provides detailed insights and resources on the following topics:

  • Looks at the Importance of Scholarships for Hispanic Students 
  • Tips for Getting a Scholarship
  • The Benefits of Receiving a Scholarship as a Minority Student
  • List of Colleges with the Best Hispanic Scholarships
  • Leading Providers of Scholarships for Hispanic Students
  • Scholarship Requirements for Hispanic College Students
  • And much more!

A 6-week externship from June 13 – July 22, 2022, the deadline to apply is Friday, January 28th; however, the application is not arduous, and the letters of recommendation are not due until February 11th

Here are 12 nursing school scholarships for minorities to gain entry into higher education. Information from Purdue University Global. 

Leadership Opportunities

The NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other healthcare professionals, offers several scholarship and leadership programs. For more information, check out the NMF Website for more information about the programs offered.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is excited to announce our call for applications for four national leadership development programs: multi-year experiences that provide high-level learning, collaboration across sectors, mentoring and funding. Applications are due in February or March 2018, depending on the program. All programs can be found

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Medical Student Clerkships & Electives

Date Updated: September 2022

The aim of the Aliabadi-Kazim Scholars Program (AKSP) is to provide early exposure to urology for students from programs without a urology residency. The program will provide clinical experiences as well as coaching on applications and interview skills to help participants become competitive urology residency applicants. 

The University of Minnesota, Department of Urology will start seeking applications for the 2023 cohort. The application portal will officially open on October 3rd, 2022 , and remain open until January 16th, 2023. The week-long program itself will be held May 22nd- 26th, 2023.  


Jasmine Jackson
Education Program Administrator
Urology Undergraduate Medical Education |
Office: 612-626-9623
Minneapolis, MN 

Date Updated: March 2022

Clinical Excellence through Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship will provide recipients priority access to our M4 student rotations, and $1,500 for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with participating in the visiting rotation. This program comes out of the recognition that diversity in clinical care is not just a moral imperative, but also a strategy for improving patient satisfaction and outcomes. We welcome students with historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply because we believe that drawing on our experiences advances our collective mission.

Date Updated: March 2021

The visiting student elective is an invaluable experience and opportunity for assessment and evaluation of a candidate’s preparedness and potential for success in the most highly competitive medical specialty training programs. The Larry D. Keith Visiting Student Electives Scholarship serves to supplement the cost of this training opportunity and specifically targets underrepresented medical students and those committed to serving in underserved communities.

All scholarship recipients will complete a 4-week rotation in a chosen elective, meet with the respective program directors, and have informal as well as formal opportunities to meet with faculty and resident mentors at the UNC SOM. At this time, the scholarship applies only to electives completed onsite at Chapel Hill.

(Please note that scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of final decisions when the selection process is complete. There are limited scholarships available.)

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Date Updated: March 2021

The UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program is excited to invite 4th-year students to apply to its Visiting Student Scholarship Program (VSSP). This program provides up to $2,500 in financial support for students with an interest in fostering workforce diversity in healthcare and applicants will complete an Internal Medicine inpatient sub-internship at UCLA. Students from groups underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply and thereby experience UCLA’s dynamic inpatient academic environment.


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UCLA VSSP Program Coordinator

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Date Updated: March 2021 

Fourth-year underrepresented in medicine medical students can participate in a clinical clerkship program that helps medical students build a comprehensive sense of connection on the UCSD Health System by leveraging the numerous clinical experiences that exist among our medical centers and our diverse patient populations. The goals of this program are to: Expose fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or interested in working with underserved populations to an academic training program. Promote student interest in applying to an academic residency training program. Provide faculty and resident mentorship during the clinical elective experience. Applications will be reviewed individually and awarded on a rolling basis.


Dr. Luis Castellanos

Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach

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Date Updated: March 2020 

The University of Washington is still recruiting for it’s UW Department of Medicine Visiting Scholars Program! This is a visiting student elective aimed at recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds to strongly consider joining the UW as a resident in Internal Medicine. Housing and travel are provided.


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Date Updated: March 2021 

University of Utah Health is pleased to announce two travel award programs for underrepresented 4th year medical students:

  1. Clerkship Travel Stipend
    • Support for underrepresented students scheduled for an away clerkship at the University of Utah. Awards are up to $2000 for a 4 week rotation.
  2. Residency Interview Travel Stipend
    • Support for underrepresented students who are scheduled for a residency interview at the University of Utah. Awards are reimbursed up to $1000.

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Date Updated: March 2021

Weill Cornell Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics at the NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce our Pediatrics Minority Visiting Scholars Program. Weill Cornell Medicine takes pride in cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment for healthcare, research, education and the community. We are calling for applications for up to two successful candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to complete their away elective at our institution. Each award will include: Housing for the 4 week rotation A stipend of $1,500 to cover other living expenses Opportunities to meet with selective faculty members Networking opportunities within the department and medical college at large

Date Updated: March 2021

The goal of the Visiting Elective Program through the Office of Diversity Programs is to enhance the exposure of students considering careers in academic medicine to the Washington University Medical Center, while promoting cultural diversity on the medical school campus. Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply to the program.

Date Updated: March 2021 

The Department of General Surgery at the University of Virginia is proud to offer up to $1500.00 to help offset the costs of travel and housing for highly qualified medical students who wish to do a visiting surgical clerkship at our institution during the months of August through October and whose backgrounds, interests or goals will bring diverse experiences and interests to UVA’s General Surgery Department.

Date Updated: March 2021

UConn is happy to announce our Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VESUM), which reflects our medical school’s long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as to the racial and ethnic diversity of the broader community we serve. We welcome underrepresented in medicine medical students to apply.

Date Updated: March 2021

For the 2nd year in a row, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s will be hosting a minority visiting clerkship for several of our residency programs. We will offer a stipend for travel and housing up to $1,000.

Date Updated: March 2021

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is sponsoring a Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Pathology. The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship is an opportunity for underrepresented (URM) students to participate in clinical electives in the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Pathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Participants will interact with residents and faculty and will receive mentorship from the members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA).

Eligibility: Fourth year medical student in good academic standing at a U.S. accredited medical school. Student must have completed all core clerkships at their home institution. $1000.00 for travel, housing and/or personal expenses. Housing is available upon request and availability. Any questions please email: Diversity-Visiting-Scholarship(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Date Updated: March 2021

The David Satcher Clerkship (University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine) hosts between 5 -10 underrepresented minority medical students annually, offering them hands-on exposure to career opportunities in academic medical careers. Clerkships are offered for a maximum of 4 weeks from July through November with flexibility of start and end dates as needed. Applicants are chosen through a competitive application process and must have completed all 3rd year Core Clerkships prior to participation. As a David Satcher Clerk, students will be assigned an Academic and/or Research Mentor, a student liaison from SNMA or LMSA and as a unique feature, a Community mentor who will assist the student in learning and exploring the city of Cleveland during his/her stay. Students are assisted with finding housing as well as being provided with a stipend of $2500.00 to assist with travel, housing and any other expenses. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Date Updated: March 2021 

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP) of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine (African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native) to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. Since VCP’s inception in 1990, more than 1,300 students from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada have participated in the program. The Program is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine, to increase their consideration of an academic training program for internship and residency, and especially, to increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs. Please help us reach out to interested students by posting or distributing the program materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:


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Date Updated: March 2021

We are pleased to announce the following program for senior medical student electives at UCSF. The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) is supported by the UCSF School of Medicine and by individual UCSF Departments. VESP was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) or are interested in working with underserved populations to apply for clinical electives in a number of different specialties at UCSF. The program provides financial assistance to awardees. The scholarship program provides up to $2,000 and is designed to: Expose fourth year medical students who are UIM or interested in working with underserved populations to our academic training programs Promote student interest in applying to UCSF residency training programs Provide faculty and housestaff mentorship during the clinical elective experience

Date Updated: March 2021

The Penn Visiting Clerkship for Students Underrepresented in Medicine is now accepting applications! We are excited to continue this program that invites rising 4th years the opportunity to spend a month at our University of Pennsylvania hospitals and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as sub-interns or as elective students. They receive a faculty and/or resident mentor, participate fully in resident education, and have the opportunity to meet with Program Directors. They also receive a stipend to reimburse housing and travel. Rotations are available in the following specialties: Emergency Medicine Family Medicine General Surgery Internal Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Orthopedic Surgery Pediatrics Plastic Surgery Psychiatry Radiology Urology

Date Updated: March 2021

Christiana Care Health System is pleased to announce its Visiting Clerkship Program for 4th year medical students underrepresented in medicine. This program is focused on students from allopathic schools with an interest in internal medicine, diagnostic radiology, family medicine or the dual family/emergency medicine programs. Please share the attached program descriptions as well as the supplemental application. Students must complete both the online UME application and the supplemental application to be considered for the clerkship program. Students not accepted into the clerkship program will still be considered in our regular rotations. Children’s National Health System Date Updated: March 2021 The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) was established in 2015 to address the goal of enhancing the diversity of academic pediatricians through exposing senior medical students from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM) to academic pediatrics. Through advanced clinical exposure, networking, mentoring, and special sessions, participants are armed with the resources and information needed to confidently make decisions regarding their future training and to better serve diverse populations of children. Children’s National is uniquely situated to provide this perspective given its status as a quarternary care free-standing children’s hospital serving Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, areas of West Virginia, and many international patients. We serve a large, extremely diverse population and have significant community engagement through which to teach our trainees and contribute to child health.

Date Updated: March 2021

Sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Health System and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend U.S. accredited medical schools and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity in the house staff and subsequently the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions by helping talented minority medical students to gain access to electives in our programs. For more information, please contact:

Sherria McDowell, MPH

Senior Program Manager

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Date Updated: March 2021

The Visiting Medical Student Clerkship affords students a four-week rotation at one of the Mayo Clinic’s three locations. Visiting medical students become an active member of a multidisciplinary health care team. In addition, students attend teaching rounds, conferences, take patient histories, perform physical examinations, and assist with operating room and other procedures. Applications are accepted year-round.

Date Updated: March 2021

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopedic Clerkship. One or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopedics will be selected for this award. The award will include support for housing and travel.

Date Updated: March 2021

The Minority Visiting Clerkship Program (MVCP) is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery as a supplement to our regular Visiting Clerkship Program. This competitive program provides mentoring, networking, and stipend support for fourth-year students participating in the Visiting Clerkship Program. Clerkships are four to five weeks in length, or for a full calendar month. The program will pay a $1,000 stipend to MVCP students to support costs associated with participation. Clerkships are available in Pediatrics, and Medical and Surgical Subspecialties. Applicants must submit all required items through VSAS in addition to completing the MVCP student application.

Date Updated: March 2021

On behalf of Lee Miller, Alan Chin and Deborah Lehman: The UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who self-identify as being members of groups which are underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective. The goal of the program is to expose traditionally underrepresented senior medical students from institutions outside of the Los Angeles region to clinical training in our academic pediatrics program, and to learn more about the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at UCLA. Benefits of the program include… Financial support for travel, housing and living expenses, up to $2,000 for each recipient. A faculty mentor will be assigned to each scholarship awardee, with the expectation that the mentor and awardee will meet at least once during the course of the elective period to discuss residency training and other career opportunities at UCLA. The program will host a networking event for scholarship recipients to meet residents and faculty from the UCLA Department of Pediatrics. Additional meetings with UCLA faculty will be arranged at the request of the student. For example, students interested in Ph.D. training may wish to meet with Division Chairs in relevant areas of research. For more information on the program and application requirements, please contact

Stella Tripp

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Date Updated: March 2021

The Yale Pediatric Residency Program and the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine are committed to building a diverse workforce of future pediatricians who are ready to serve the needs of all children. To this end, we have established the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program, a four-week, funded externship for fourth year medical students in US medical schools from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM). URM is currently defined based on U.S. population demographics as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Our program includes a four-week clinical rotation (elective or sub-internship) as well as full participation in residency program didactic learning experiences. Visiting students also will engage in weekly meetings with a member of the Yale Pediatric Residency Program Leadership Team to receive career mentoring. The greater New Haven area is home to an extraordinarily diverse pediatric patient population. It also boasts rich cultural offerings and wonderful outdoor recreation activities. The Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program provides a $1500 stipend to offset the costs of elective registration, travel and housing in the New Haven area. Please click here to access the application for the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program. For any questions please contact

Dr. Andrea Asnes

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Date Updated: March 2021

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Pediatric Residency Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are collaborating to offer a 4th year visiting clerkship to students traditionally underrepresented in medicine. A stipend up to $1,500 will be awarded to up to 12 students from July through October.

Date Updated: March 2021

The LSUHSC New Orleans Division of Emergency Medicine in partnership with the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Community Engagement is pleased to announce a 4th year visiting clerkship for students from communities that are underrepresented in medicine. Travel stipend support for travel to New Orleans will be provided along with Housing.  Please see the application below and please visit the Emergency Division.

Date Updated: March 2021

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) sponsors the MUSC Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program which provides financial support to 4th -year students attending a U.S. medical school who are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Our program includes a 4-week clinical rotation (elective or externship/sub-I) at MUSC, as well as a stipend to offset the costs of travel and housing in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

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