Outside or external scholarships supplement your DGSOM/UCLA scholarships and reduce your student loan within your annual financial aid package. Therefore, outside scholarships are a key component in minimizing borrowing and reducing overall medical school loan indebtedness.
These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship.
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Medical students are represented in the AMA through their own democratic, policy-making body: the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS). There are various opportunities for scholarship selection with differing funds.
How are cultures alike? How do they differ? How do these cultures influence unique healthcare needs? The Oliver Goldsmith, MD Scholarship program focuses on enhancing culturally responsive care by supporting and recognizing third- and fourth-year medical students who explore these issues through participation, development, leadership and research. Recipients also receive the opportunity to engage in robust clinical experiences at Kaiser Permanente facilities and mentoring by Kaiser Permanente physicians.
The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.
National Medical Fellowships (NMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other professionals in the healthcare workforce in order to improve access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities.
In June 1985, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA published the first edition of Pennies from Heaven for its students. In it, we attempted to provide a comprehensive list of non-UCLA scholarship and loan sources to which our medical students might apply. As new funds surfaced and old ones vanished, we tried to keep abreast of the changes by publishing several editions.
We are pleased to provide the latest version of the publication - with its name now simplified to Pennies. In doing so, we have made every effort to contact representatives of the fund sources listed in the publication. As of this writing, all are correct. The difficulty, however, is to keep it current. Your help is needed! If you find a new financial aid source, let us know, or if an agency no longer is able to provide our students assistance, please tell us.
We hope you find this publication useful and that it contributes to your financial support during medical school. Your comments, suggestions, recommendations, success stories, etc. are always appreciated. We'd like to hear from you.