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Minority Scholars Award

Supported by Pfizer Inc., with additional support from the National Business Group on Health, and generous individual contributions.

Laura Ramirez, recipient of the 2014 Minority Scholars Award

Laura Ramirez, recipient of the
2014 Minority Scholars Award

The AMA Foundation, in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS), with support from Pfizer Inc., offers medical student tuition assistance scholarships through the Minority Scholars Award program. The AMA Foundation is committed to increasing the number of minority physicians to better reflect the needs of our increasingly diverse society. Today, approximately 9 percent of U.S. physicians are African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or from other groups historically underrepresented in the medical profession. ‘Underrepresented in medicine’ refers to racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented relative to their numbers in the general population. Studies have documented the role of physician diversity in:

  • increasing access for underserved populations
  • increasing patient satisfaction
  • ensuring culturally competent care

The Minority Scholars Award program not only encourages diversity in medicine and alleviates debt, but also rewards commitment to the elimination of healthcare disparities, outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities and community involvement.

In addition to Pfizer Inc, The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) provides annual support to this scholarship program for a scholarship honoring the late Ronald M. Davis, MD, Past-President of the AMA. This specific Minority Scholars Award is granted to a minority medical student who has an interest in becoming a primary care physician. The California Healthcare Foundation partially supported a scholarship in 2012. The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) Governing Council and members and other generous donors contributed one additional scholarship in 2012 and 2013. The program could not be possible without the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporate partners.

Scholarship cycle

The 2015 Minority Scholars Award application is now currently available to medical schools. All nominations are due by March 6,2015 at 5pm CST. Recipients will be announced in June.

Each medical school is invited to submit up to two nominees for the general scholarship category and one nominee for the Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship.

Minority Scholars Award Eligibility

Nominees must be a current first- or second-year student and a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. Eligible students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical profession include African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian.

The Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

The AMA Foundation and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have partnered to create a scholarship that will promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities, and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.

With generous support from founding donor Genita Evangelista Johnson, this annual scholarship will provide tuition support in the amount of $5,000 to a first- or second-year African-American medical student with an expressed interest in cardiology.

This scholarship is a category within the Minority Scholars Awards program. Each medical school may nominate one student for this scholarship. The student must meet all other eligibility criteria related to the program.

Minority Scholars Award Recipients
Related Links

AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS)
Learn how the AMA-MAS addresses critical minority health and professional issues and works to expand the influence of minority physicians in the profession. 

AMA-MAC resources for funding

Commission to End Health Care Disparities
Chaired by the American Medical Association, in conjunction with the National Medical Association, the Commission to End Health Care Disparities focuses on increasing the awareness of disparities, promoting workforce diversity, promoting better data gathering, and increasing education and training.

Read more about the importance of diversity in medicine through resources provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):

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The AMA Foundation could not offer the Minority Scholars Award program without generous support from organizations like Pfizer Inc, the National Business Group on Health and individuals like Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, a past chair of the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium Governing Council. 

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH with her son Jimmy

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH with her son Jimmy

“I think it’s wonderful that the AMA Foundation supports minority scholars.  As a past medical student scholarship recipient, I know the value of even the smallest gift, and I think it’s important to give back in as many ways as you can.”

Gerald Harmon, MD

"The AMA Foundation provides support for minority scholars in an era of increasing medical school debt."
—Gerald Harmon, MD

Support diversity in the medical profession and alleviate medical student debt by donating to the Minority Scholars Award.