Types of Aid
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We offer scholarships, grants, and loans to assist in making medical education affordable for everyone.
This page outlines the types of scholarships, grants, and programs that do not need to be paid back. To apply for loans and see FAFSA information, please see the Applying for Aid page to learn more.
Scholarships available from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM), UCLA campus, and their affiliates are known as internal scholarships. There are many, most of which require no action on the applicant's part other than applying for financial aid.
We are pleased to announce both the DGSOM Impact and Distinction Scholarship and the DGSOM Scholarship for Excellence, which will begin with our first class of scholars in the fall of 2023.
DGSOM IMPACT AND DISTINCTION SCHOLARSHIP
The David Geffen School of Medicine Impact and Distinction Scholarship is a scholarship that provides the full cost of attendance for 10 students each year. This includes full in-state tuition, fees, and a living stipend. All applicants are automatically considered through the application and interview process.
DGSOM SCHOLARSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE
The David Geffen School of Medicine Scholarship for Excellence provides full in-state tuition and fees, and will be awarded to 50 students yearly. All applicants are automatically considered through the application and interview process.
These programs will continue the legacy of the David Geffen Medical Scholarships as we conclude the 10-year awarding cycle with our entering scholar class of 2022. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is grateful for David Geffen's visionary support of the school and his indelible impact on the David Geffen Medical Scholarships recipients.
Leaders of Tomorrow Scholars Program
The UCLA Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship pays full tuition for select students, as well as a one-time $5,000 research stipend. The award, created in 2012 by an anonymous donor and since supported by the school’s alumni and friends, gives aspiring physicians, scientists, and community change agents the gift of pursuing their dreams unburdened by debt. The scholarship is renewed annually for four years based on satisfactory academic performance and participation in program activities. All applicants to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are automatically considered for the UCLA Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship through the application-and-interview process.
UCLA PHILANTHROPIC SCHOLARSHIPS
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCLA campus, and its affiliates have more than 100 scholarships for medical students made possible through the generous support of alumni and friends. Criteria for each award varies; many are based on students' financial needs. We encourage you to apply for financial aid annually by completing the DGSOM Financial Aid Application. Shortly after submitting your financial aid application, you will receive an e-mailed financial aid estimate (provisional award letter) for newly admitted students or a Financial Aid Notification letter for our continuing medical students.
THE DEAN'S LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Through the generosity of Irma and Norman Switzer, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has established the Dean's Leadership in Health and Science Scholarship, which provides full-tuition and stipend support for students to pursue a dual degree program or research opportunity without incurring additional debt. For those pursuing research, the scholarship provides a full-year stipend equivalent to that offered by many external grants of this type; students seeking an additional degree receive this stipend plus full tuition and fees.
The Dean's Leadership in Health and Science Scholarship represents an important step toward our goal of supporting students who wish to supplement their outstanding medical training with complementary activities that channel their passions and enable them to become future leaders in health and science.
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.
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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.
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORP
The National Health Scholarships pay tuition, fees, and other educational costs, and provide a living stipend in return for a commitment to work for at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. Learn more and search opportunities below.
NATIONAL MEDICAL FELLOWSHIPS
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.
AAMC HERBERT W. NICKENS MEDICAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
These $5,000 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 US.
KAISER PERMANENTE - OLIVER GOLDSMITH SCHOLARSHIP
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.
PENNIES - DGSOM OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP COMPENDIUM
In June 1985, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA published the first edition of Pennies (PDF) for its students. In it, we attempted to provide a comprehensive list of non-UCLA scholarships 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.
Disbursement of Outside Scholarships
Students receiving outside scholarships should request that the awarding agency make the checks payable to UC Regents.
Checks should be mailed/forwarded to:
Payment Solutions & Compliance Office
University of California, Los Angeles
Box 957089, 1125 Murphy Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7089