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I have been searching for medical school scholarships through several online search engines, but have not found a substantial amount of scholarships. Does anyone have any information about scholarships for women, minorities, or students from disadvantaged and needy background?

Thank you in advance for your advice.


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There aren't a lot of scholarships available for medical students, and if you have used any of the search engines, you've probably found most the ones out there.

Some schools have a lot of scholarship money, so that is where most medical students who get aid other than loans get it. Some students are able to apply for scholarships from their work or volunteer places, or the work place or organizations with which their parents are affiliated, but this is less common. Most of us finance it largely with loans, with some help from parents, spouses, savings (if you take time off before med school)

If you are still an undergrad, focus on getting the scholarships that are available to you now, so you won't have a lot of debt when you start. If you don't want to borrow a lot of money you have a few options:

Get a full scholarship from a school (you have to be a truely exceptionally applicant).

All the rest have obligations attacted:

Join the army/navy/airforce/marines, owe them 4 years after you complete residency, and they get to dictate your specialty.

Join the NHSC, owe them 4 years, specialize in primary care.

Do an MD/PhD program. Spend 6-10 years in medical school. Be busier than most medical students, live on a small stipend.

Or you can do what many of us do, take out 100-200K in loans, basically like taking out a mortgage on your future. Even if you work as a primary care doc in a lower income area, your starting salary will be big enough to make the loan payments without too much pain, as long as you don't need to drive the fastest car and buy a new computer every year.

Let us know if you find anything that refutes what I said. I did a bunch of searching for scholarships last year, but didn't find much.
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