Medical School Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
Your dream is within reach. We offer different types of medical school scholarships, grants, and loans to make a medical education affordable for everyone.
Medical school 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.
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 medical school 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 medical school scholarships for medical students made possible through the generous support of alumni and friends. Criteria for each award will vary; 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 medical school 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 through their own democratic, policy-making body: the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS). There are 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.
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