UAB Scholarships

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  1. Logan

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    I know it says that UAB gives out institutional scholarships. For first years it says the scholarships are based on MCAT score. Does anyone know the extent of scholarships they give (half, full, etc) and the usual MCAT score that gets one. Wondering if anyone on here that goes to UAB knows thanks.
     
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    Scholarships at UAB are rather non-existent. There are two types and both receive only $5000 a year. One of them is need based which requires a certain EFC, etc. after filling out your parental info on your FAFSA. They then take into account general financial hardships, disadvantaged status, etc. The other one of the two scholarships is merit based. It requires at least a 30 and no less than a ten on all sections of the MCAT in addition to a monster GPA. The scholarship process is initiated by filling out the application form which comes in your financial aid envelope. From there, those applicants deemed worthy are put on a short list. Those on the short list are then further interviewed I believe in Montgomery.
    The scholarship itself comes from the state of Alabama and so they interview X number of UAB students, and Y number of South Alabama students. There are fewer south students interviewed than there are UAB students due to South's smaller class size. Perhaps Hercules, an SDN member, can elaborate on the process. He is a recipient of one of the merit based scholarships. I won't reveal his GPA and MCAT, but I will tell you that they were rediculously high. He is one smart dude. Good luck with the process man.
     
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    BamaFlip, you're far too complementary;)

    I don't really know too much about the need-based scholarships, but just about everything else said about the merit scholarships is true. They are $5000/yr split into two payments (one in late August I think and the other in January). Here are the requirements for eligiblity copied from our website:

    "Merit-based awards are offered to incoming first year medical students based on meeting two of three requirements:
    -A 3.75 overall undergraduate GPA
    -30 or above on the (first time to take the) MCAT exam
    -A 9 or above committee rating by the Admissions

    Committee of the medical school you will attend.
    After these requirements are met, 15 students from UASOM and 6 students from USACOM (University of South Alabama College of Medicine) are interviewed by the Board. No application is needed for the merit-based award. All students accepted to medical school are automatically considered. Eleven awards are made in the amount of $5,000 per year; awards are renewable if a student remains in the top 20% of his or her class."

    The 9 or above has to do with your interview, I believe. So, theoretically, if you had a good GPA and a great interview your MCAT score wouldn't matter. I think most of the actual recipients, though, meet all three requirements. You don't have to apply for the merit scholarships; they contact you if they want to interview you. Last year's interview were conducted at UASOM in Volker Hall.

    The interviews are also kind of weird, because you have your normal med school interviewers (professors, clinicians, etc.) and then you also have state politicians present in the room. My interview had three interviewers in it. Two of them were sitting in chairs next to me while the third, Mr. X (a politician I believe, but possibly a mafia kingpin) was sitting away from us behind a desk. I say "assume" because when I introduced myself, the third never gave me his name. Mr. X did not speak during the interview until the very end, when he decided to interrupt one of the other interviewers in mid sentence to say, "So, if you get the scholarship, are you going to come here?" Then the interview was over. I felt like I was supposed to kiss his ring as I left...
     
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    That last part is too funny. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    Hey Hercules,

    I knew you were a brain (he was my MCAT teacher), but I didn't know you were a made man...

    BTW, do you know anyone doing the rural loans thing? I've gotten very little info from Felita Nash, although I'm gonna try to call her later...

    Thanks,
    Lisa
     
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    There are scholarships that are 60% merit based and 40% need based (some combined score/formula type thing--rank up to a 6 wrt acdemics/grades/MCAT and up to a 4 wrt financial need, with total score out of 10 determining eligibility) that are $8000/year. The dollar amount may have increased. But I know for a fact that these exist because I had one for two years before converting over to MD/PhD and having to relinquish said scholarship.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by kiddoc2B:
    <strong>Hey Hercules,

    I knew you were a brain (he was my MCAT teacher), but I didn't know you were a made man...

    BTW, do you know anyone doing the rural loans thing? I've gotten very little info from Felita Nash, although I'm gonna try to call her later...

    Thanks,
    Lisa</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah, the mafia is expanding their slots for professionals. They used to just want lawyers to defend them, but now they want physicians to fix them up as well. Boy will they be pissed when they find out I'm planning on OB/GYN. I don't think they have a high demand for that. :D

    I know several rural scholars who I assume are all going to do the rural loan stuff. Check the pre-med thread on UAB scholarships. I think they had some info on rural loans there. It's a pretty sweet deal if you're sure you want to be in a rural setting for the beginning of you career.
     
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    I had one of those merit scholarships @ South Alabama a lifetime ago. I have no idea what the criteria was, I just got notified I'd been awared it prior to starting school- a nice surprise
     
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    Hi guys,
    I just wanted to let you know that they are still in the process of giving out scholarships. I just found out I received one yesterday! It is the one for $8000 a year at UAB. Also, I didnt have a &gt;30 MCAT, but I did receive over a 9 rating and had a very high GPA. See you soon
     
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    Congratulations jujak on your acceptance as well as your scholarship and welcome to UASOM. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about Birmingham or UASOM.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by jujack:
    <strong>Hi guys,
    I just wanted to let you know that they are still in the process of giving out scholarships. I just found out I received one yesterday! It is the one for $8000 a year at UAB. Also, I didnt have a &gt;30 MCAT, but I did receive over a 9 rating and had a very high GPA. See you soon</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">CONGRATULATIONS! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
    See you in the fall!

    Jason
     
  12. Mary Jane Watson

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    Way to go!!! Look forward to meeting you! :D
     

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