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Scholarships and Grants

SUNY Upstate Medical University is pleased to offer a number of internal scholarships and grants to enrolled students. You will also find an up-to-date table of outside scholarship opportunities.

We encourage outside scholarship and grant applicants to start their search very focused and then broaden it strategically:

  1. Your hometown:  Check out local organizations such as Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Homeowners' Associations, local grocery stores, parent(s)' place of employment.
  2. Your County:  Check county associations that are specific to your career path.  For example, Onondaga County Medical Society.
  3. Your State:  Statewide associations/societies sometimes offer scholarships and grants.  For example:  New York Downstate Association for Respiratory Therapists (NYDART).
  4. Nationally:  Nationally recognized associations/societies can offer scholarships and grants.  For example:  The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).

Should you have any questions about scholarship and grant opportunity, please contact our Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (315) 464-4570 or admiss@upstate.edu

Good Luck!

Legend:  COM = College of Medicine

               CHP = College of Health Professions

               CON = College of Nursing

               COGS = College of Graduate Studies

Internal Scholarships

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Medical Alumni Scholarships

The Medical Alumni Association presents over $350,000 in scholarships each year to current and incoming College of Medicine students who qualify based on individual scholarship criteria. Scholarships are awarded at our annual Reunion Awards and Scholarship Presentation, which is held during Reunion Weekend in September. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 31st
Category: COM

Susan B. Stearns PhD Scholarship for International Travel

A scholarship given to two College of Medicine students planning on studying abroad. Award Amount: $500
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, Study Abroad

Susan B. Stearns PhD Scholarship for Community Engagement

The Stearns Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to an Upstate Medical University College of Medicine student currently in his/her second year. Students who have distinguished themselves as leaders and volunteers while at Upstate will be considered for this award. Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, Volunteering

Nursing Alumni scholarships

Since its inception in 1992, the Nursing Alumni Association has awarded nearly 300 scholarships. The association also provides support for faculty enrichment, continuing education, and other needs of the students, faculty and alumni of the College of Nursing. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 29th
Category: CON

Advocates for Upstate Medical University

The Advocates for UMU undergraduate scholarships for tuition and related expenses assistance will be awarded to active employees and active adult volunteers who are pursuing undergraduate studies in an accredited institution in any health-related field. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: June 30th, October 28th
Category: Undergraduates

Jonathan Bernard Henry, MD, Student Endowed Scholarship

The Jonathan Bernard Henry Endowed Scholarship is awarded to one student from each of the four Upstate colleges for an outstanding paper, project, or other exceptional accomplishment in the selected topic areas. Information on the award and application documents can be found on the Blackboard website within your college's organization page. Award Amount: $500
Deadline: March 16th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, CON, COGS

Upstate University Medical Associates at Syracuse Scholarship

Purpose: Upstate University Medical Associates at Syracuse, Inc. (UUMAS) is the faculty practice plan which serves as the umbrella organization of the 18 clinical departmental practices within the College of Medicine (COM). This scholarship is given with the support and coordination of the COM and University Hospital (UH). The focus of this scholarship is to enable an underprivileged or disadvantaged student at COM to pursue a medical career in Primary Care. This scholarship will be earmarked towards those students who are specifically interested to train and practice in one of the Primary Care specialties, namely Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics and serve economically distressed patients in the CNY region. In light of the shortage of primary care providers in CNY and the need to increase access to Medicaid and indigent patients, this scholarship is geared to enable a UMU COM graduate to choose a residency in primary care without the influence of having to pay off significant medical education debt. Preference will be given to underrepresented minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Requirements: The awardee must matriculate through usual means into the college of medicine. Nominations by the financial aid office will be welcomed in addition to applicants who respond to scholarship posting. All matriculants are considered and screened. Applicants must complete an application that includes a financial needs assessment. It is expected that candidates can demonstrate high academic achievement in college (GPA 3.5+ and MCAT scores 518+). The top applicants will be interviewed by a panel of UUMAS, UH, and COM representatives either in person or via video conference. One applicant will be selected as the scholarship awardee. The applicant must be an underprivileged or disadvantaged student and demonstrate a sincere interest in entering a primary care residency program, practice in CNY and offer access to Medicaid and indigent patients. Scholarship Maintenance Requirements: For each year of medical school, student must be in good standing and have no conditionals. Student must graduate in good standing from COM within four years. Award Amount: $54,000 per academic year
Deadline: N/A
Category: COM

External Scholarships

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Physical Therapy Scholarships

Funding your physical therapy degree can be challenging. To help you, we have compiled a list of dozens of physical therapy and health care specific scholarships and loan repayment programs that you can apply to. Each scholarship is offered at the state or national level, so that you don’t have to sift through school specific scholarships. Remember to also check your school website to see if they offer any scholarships that you can apply to Award Amount: Various
Deadline: Various
Category: CHP- PT

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

Pisacano Leadership Foundation is offering educational and leadership training, and funding for an outstanding 4th year medical student for a four-year period who declare a specialization in family medicine. Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: June 1st, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

United University Professions College Scholarship Fund

UUP is offering a scholarship to one selected undergraduate and graduate student pending submission of application, letters of evaluation, and completion of interview process. Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: June 15th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Leanbean Clean Athletic Performance Scholarship

Leanbean is offering a scholarship to a student pending selection of an essay with the title "Why prescription drugs are an unacceptable choice when it comes to improving body composition and athletic performance". Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

The Earnest Scholarship

Earnest is offering 50 scholarships each worth $5000 to students selected at random. No essay required. Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

eStudentLoan $1000 Scholarship

estudentloan.com is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student pending selection of an essay on the topic "Describe what makes you unique". Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: July 15th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Radiology Scholarship

radiology-schools.com is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student pending seletion of an essay submission answering the chosen question. Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: July 30th, 2021
Category: CHP - Radiation Therapy

Vohra Wound Care Scholarship for Nursing Education and Nursing Certifications

Vohra Wound Physicians is offering free tuition to their wound care certification course, valued at $650. Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Category: Undergraduates

Couponbirds "Help to Save" Scholarship

CouponBirds is offering 3 scholarships to students pending selection of a video submission answering "how to save money with couponbirds". Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: August 15th, 2021
Category: COM

Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship

The Waterbury Medical Association is offering a scholarship to third year medical students who are a resident of Connecticut, Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: September 1st, 2021
Category: CON

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Diversity Program

Cedars Sinai is offering an opportunity to students from underrepresented background to participate in a rotating sub-internship of the students choosing as well as a $2500 scholarship to offset travel and housing costs during the rotation. Award Amount: $2500 and a clerkship opportunity
Deadline: October 14th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Medical Billing Service's Annual Health and Technology Scholarship

Medical Billing Service is offering a selected student with a passion for health and techonology an opportunity to be selected for a financial award pending essay submission. Additional details can be found at the link provided. Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: End of each month
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Veterans Affairs Health Profressional Scholarship Program

The Veterans Affairs department is offering scholarships to health professionals intended to cover tuition, books, fees, and an additional monthly living stipend of $1150 with an agreement to work for the VA after completion of their residency training for the following 18 months. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CON

Newsome Melton Student Leadership Scholarship

The Newsome Melton Law Office is offering a scholarship to a student with a passion of leadership pending selection of an essay on one of the given topics. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM

Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

Chairish furniture and décor is offering a scholarship to a student pending selection of an essay submission decribing their ideal future and what they plan to do in order to achieve that dream. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

ScienceSelector $1500 Scholarship Giveaway Program

ScienceSelector is offering a scholarship to a student pending selection of an essay submission answering the question "What is the need for scientific delvelopment in society?". Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Textbook Nova 2021 Scholarship

Textbook Nova is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student pending selection of an essay submission on one of the given topic options. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Prosper Shaked Scholarship for Future Medical Professionals

Prosper Shaked is offering a scholarship to a student in any health care program pending selection of an essay detailing your future goals in the medical field. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Heart of Healthcare Nursing Scholarship

Bestnursingdegree.com is offering a scholarship to a BSN, MSN, or DNP student pending selection of an essay submission on the given topic. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Tripz.com Vacation Rental Community Scholarship

A monthly scholarship offered to selected students pending submission of an 800+ word essay explaining what can attract tourism to the area you are from and why someone should visit the area. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON; Students with disabilities

National Medical Fellowships scholarship programs

NMF offers various scholarships for medical students of different demographics. Please refer to the provided link to explore available options. Award Amount: Full tuition and $2,200.73 monthly stipend
Deadline: None
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Nursing Explorer Scholarships Database

This is an organization that offers various scholarships based on major, socioeconomic status and various other demographics or academic pursuits. Students should visit the provided link to explore available scholarship options. Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Category: Varies

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Native American Students

Affordable Colleges Online has collaborated with the Chief Diversity Officer at Stony Brook University to offer academic and financial support to Native American students. Various scholarships are availble at the provided link, some specific to undergraduate and graduate students. Award Amount: N/A
Deadline: N/A
Category: N/A

American Respiratory Care Foundation Scholarships

The ARCF awards six scholarships to respiratory students in an accredited program. Award Amount: Max: $28,000
Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Category: CHP

Veteran Scholarships and Grants

Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits are available to military personnel who agree to have $100 withheld from their monthly pay allowance. Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

College of Nursing Scholarships

While most nursing students receive tuition assistance from their employers, the College of Nursing also participates in a variety of external scholarships. Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: March 31st, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Disability Scholarships A-to-Z

A directory containing various scholarships for students with disabilities Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: March 31st, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

After graduation, participants in these programs join the Navy Medical Team as Officers, with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, low cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational benefits, further training, and a rewarding clinical practice. Additional benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a variety of facilities, and be a part of supportive team of highly trained professionals. Award Amount: $650 tuition waiver for Vohra's Wound Care Certification
Deadline: March 31st, 2021
Category: CON

College Guide for Low Income Students

The Community for Accredited Online Schools offers resources and guidance for low-income students requiring additional financial support to help with the financial burdens of pursing education beyond high school. This includes a list of scholarships that students may apply for and more information can be found using the provided link. Award Amount: $1,200, $800, $500
Deadline: April 17th, 2021
Category: COM, CHP, COGS, CON

Nursing Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

Several scholarship opportunities are available for high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ scholarships detailed in this guide are open to candidates enrolled in colleges, universities, and technical/vocational programs. Award Amount: N/A
Deadline: N/A
Category: CON
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