I know this has subject has been beat to death but it still makes me really angry. I just received this email with the subject line "AMA Scholarships" and thought "oh, I sure could use a scholarship". When I opened I saw it was basically just another minority scholarship which I probably would have just exited had the wording I bolded not been so maddening
AMA Minority Scholarship:
The cost of medical education continues to increase, while the number of federally funded assistance programs continues to decrease. This unfortunate reality is leaving many minority medical students saddled with an overwhelming financial burden The cost of medical education is leaving MOST of us, regardless of race, with an overwhelming financial burden. Just because you are a minority doesn't mean you are necessarily worse off than anyone else in medical school. Why are a certain subgroup of people more deserving of coming out of medschool with less debt than the rest of us? They have the same access to loans as me and will have the same earning potential as me when we are finished. . To help provide monetary assistance to these aspiring physicians, while promoting diversity in the medical environment, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has created the Minority Scholars Award. These $10,000 awards are presented annually to 10 medical students from groups historically underrepresented in the medical profession. The awards are offered in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium, with support from the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.
The Minority Scholars Award recognizes personal commitment to improving minority health status, scholastic achievement and financial need among minority students. The College of Medicine Scholarship Committee may submit up to two (2) nominations to the AMA Foundation for consideration. (Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.)
Eligible nominees must be:
· medical students demonstrating financial need from one of the underrepresented minority groups listed below. Receipt of this scholarship will count towards the recipients' second- or third-year medical school costs.
o American Indian
o Native Hawaiian
o Alaska Native
· permanent resident or citizen of the United States in their first or second year at an accredited US medical school.
Applications must be received by the College of Medicine Scholarship Selection Committee no later than March 15, 2009.