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AMA Foundation Scholarship Forms

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For general information about our scholarship programs, visit www.amafoundation.org/go/medicaleducation.

Minority Scholars Award - Eligibility, application materials and deadline

Minority Scholars Award
Supported in part by Pfizer, Inc
Additional support provided by the AMA Minority Affairs Section and the National Business Group on Health

The 2014 Minority Scholars Award application deadline has passed. Please check back back in November for the 2015 application.

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Minority Scholars Award provides debt relief to medical students while promoting diversity in the medical profession. These $10,000 awards are presented annually to medical students from groups historically underrepresented in the medical profession in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Section, with support from Pfizer Inc.

Eligibility
The Minority Scholars Award recognizes personal commitment to improving minority health status, scholastic achievement and financial need among minority students. Eligible nominees include medical students demonstrating financial need from one of the following underrepresented minority groups: African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino.  Note that each medical school has the flexibility to nominate candidates they feel are from an underrepresented group that may not be listed above. 

Nominees must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States in their first or second year at an accredited U.S. medical school. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.  Other considerations include community involvement, leadership and the candidate's personal statement.  Note that AMA membership or non-membership is not taken into consideration at all when determining the recipients.

Each medical school is invited to submit up to two nominees. Students who are interested in applying for the Minority Scholars Award must do so through the medical school dean's office or the dean's designate. Each medical school should determine the appropriate nominator/designate for the Minority Scholars Award.

The dean or dean's designate chooses up to two scholarship nominees at his or her discretion. After the students have been nominated, the medical school administrator and the student can work together to collect the necessary documentation for submission.

Required nomination materials
1) Application form, including the AMA Foundation student financial statement (page 5). The financial statement must be completed by the medical school financial-aid office.
2) Three supporting documents:
• Personal statement from the student outlining his or her career goals in the field of medicine—may not exceed one typed page with 10- to 12-point font
• Signed letter of recommendation from the office of the dean or dean's designate
• Signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the medical school
3) Medical school transcript (copy/unofficial transcript is acceptable)

Submission Instructions and Deadline
We prefer that applications and all supporting documentation is submitted in one email – Please get all the required signatures and scan and attach the documents. Send to scholarships@ama-assn.org

You may also fax your application – (312) 464-4142

For more information, contact: amafoundation@ama-assn.org or call (312) 464-4200.

Physicians of Tomorrow Award - Eligibility, application materials and deadline

The Physicians of Tomorrow Award

This year's nomination deadline is May 30, 2014. Applications are currently available to medical schools.

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, with support from the AMA Alliance, has created the Physicians of Tomorrow Award to ease medical students' burdensome debt load. Each medical school can nominate one person for each of the  scholarship categories. The number of recipients is determined after all applications have been received. Typically, 10-14 recipients are selected each year. All scholarships take into consideration academic excellence and financial need.  Other considerations inlcude community involvement, leadership and the candidate's personal statement.

Each $10,000 scholarship is based on different eligibility requirements.

  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award: These are 'general' Foundation scholarships and selection is based on academic excellence and financial need.
  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award, supported by the Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Fund: Selection is based on a commitment to a career in medical journalism.

Additionally, there are two regionally-specific scholarship categories:

  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award, supported by the Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Fund: The recipient of this scholarship must currently attend medical school in that state of Oklahoma. Selection is based on academic excellence and financial need. Medical schools in the state of Oklahoma may submit two additional nominees for this opportunity.
  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award for Chicago-area students: The six Chicago medical schools may each nominate two students for this award category.

Eligibility

  • All nominees for each of the above Physicians of Tomorrow Awards must be rising fourth-year students (third year students who are approaching their final year of medical school).
  • If a student is in a five-year program, they can be nominated either at the end of their third year or prior to their final year in medical school.
  • They must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school.
  • Nominees must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States.
  • Note that AMA membership or non-membership is not taken into consideration at all when determining the recipients.
  • Each medical school may submit one nominee for each of the two national Physicians of Tomorrow Award opportunities (i.e., each school may submit up to two nominees total).
  • Oklahoma and Chicago-area medical schools may submit an additional two nominees for the regionally-specific award categories.

Students interested in applying for the Physicians of Tomorrow Award must do so through the medical school dean's office or the dean's designate. AMA Foundation scholarship information has been sent to the offices of the dean, student affairs, minority affairs and financial aid. Each medical school should determine the appropriate nominator/designate for the Physicians of Tomorrow Award. The dean or dean's designate chooses scholarship nominees at his or her discretion. After the students have been nominated, the medical school administrator and the student can work together to collect the necessary documentation for submission.

Timetable and required materials
The AMA Foundation must receive completed materials no later than May 30, 2014. All required information must be included for the nominee to be considered for the award.

Required nomination materials
1) Application form, including the AMA Foundation student financial statement. The financial statement must be completed by the medical school financial-aid office.
2) Three supporting documents:
• Personal statement from the student outlining his or her career goals in the field of medicine—may not exceed one typed page with 10- to 12-point font
• Signed letter of recommendation from the office of the dean or dean's designate
• Signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the medical school
3) Medical school transcript (unofficial transcript acceptable)
4) USMLE transcript (Step 1) (unofficial transcript acceptable)

Submission Instructions and Deadline
We prefer applications submitted via email – Please get all the required signatures and scan documents into an attachment or attachments. Send to scholarships@ama-assn.org

You may also fax your application – (312) 464-4142

If you choose to mail the application materials, please use a courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL, rather than USPS First Class, to better ensure a timely arrival.
Mail to: AMA Foundation, ATTN: Physicians of Tomorrow, 300 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 39300, Chicago, IL 60611

All materials must be received at the AMA Foundation on or before May 30, 2014 at 5:00pm Central Standard Time.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information, contact: amafoundation@ama-assn.org or call (312) 464-4200.

Other AMA Foundation Scholarship Information

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association and is committed to improving the health of Americans through support of quality programs in public health and medical education. Find out more about the AMA Foundation.


If you know a medical student who is from Southeast Alaska, he or she may be eligible for the AMA Foundation Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship, a $5,000 award.

View general information about our scholarship programs.

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions about AMA Foundation scholarships, please contact our Program Officer, Krista Batey by telelphone (312) 464-4193 or email (krista.batey@ama-assn.org)