BUSM’s Under Represented Minority (URM) Scholarships

Boston University School of Medicine’s history and mission reflect a dedication to the educational, intellectual, professional, and personal development of a diverse group of exceptional students.  BUSM proactively recruits medical students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds—representative of the communities they will go on to serve.

Financial aid in the form of scholarships helps to ensure that the extraordinary opportunities BUSM provides are open to qualified students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  The following scholarships have been established by generous donors including alumni, family, and friends to support under represented minority (URM) medical students at BUSM:

  • Medical School Minority Scholarship Fund: Established in 1974, this fund supports minority medical students, with a preference for African Americas, Puerto Ricans, and Native Indians.
  • Kenneth C. Edelin Scholarship Fund:  Established in 2006 by Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology and former Associate Dean for Students and Minority Affairs, and alumni and friends. Dr. Edelin became the first African American Chief Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and he went on to be Chairman of the department at BUSM from 1978 until 1989.  The fund supports minority first and second year medical students, including the EMSSP program.
  • Ronald L. Ragland, MD Scholarship Fund: Established in 2005 by Ronald L. Ragland, MD (BUSM ’82), this scholarship supports medical students from traditionally under-represented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. Dr. Ragland, a noted neuroradiologist, graduated from BUSM, class of 1982 and recipient of the MLK Junior Fellowship at Boston University. He pursued radiology residency training at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA and the Howard University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., followed by fellowship training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, NY.  He was a staff neuroradiologist at Mount Sinai for two years, then returned to the Greater Boston Area as Chief of Neuroradiology as well as founding the accredited neuroradiology fellowship program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He has practiced, taught, and researched within neuroradiology in New York City, Boston/Worcester and Washington, D.C.  He is the recipient of several awards and honors including Teacher of the Year in both the UMMC Departments of Neurology and Radiology. Additionally, Dr. Ragland has published in peer-reviewed Journals.
  • Christmas-Eastman-Fuller Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was established by Elizabeth C. Dooling, MD (BUSM ’65) in 2017 in honor June Christmas (BUSM ’49), one of the School’s “living legends” and former New York City Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Service; Charles Eastman, MD, the School’s first Native American graduate; and Solomon Carter Fuller, MD, the first African American male psychiatrist and one of the first faculty members in the United States.  The fund supports deserving medical students from an under-represented minority group, with a preference for African American males.
  • Kewalramani-Kulkarni Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was established by Reshma Kewalramani, MD (CAS ’98, BUSM ’98) in 2019 to support students in good academic standing, with a preference for women and students from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
  • EMSSP Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was anonymously established in 2019 to support medical students who matriculated through the Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP).
  • Gladys C. Polk Scholarship Fund: Established by John I. Polk, MD (BUSM ’74) in 2003, this fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving medical student enrolled at BUSM who matriculated through the Early Medical School Selection Program.
  • Arnold and Doris Wong Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established in 2007 by Amber Wong and Arnold Wong, Jr., in memory of their parents, Doris and Arnold Wong, MD (CAS ’53, BUSM ’59).  This fund supports medical students based on financial need, with a preference for Asian students.
  • Rachel Boone Keith Scholarship Fund: The scholarship was established in 2007 by her family as a tribute to Dr. Rachel Boone Keith (BUSM ’48), one of the early African American female graduates of BUSM.  As a medical trailblazer, she fought bigotry, racism and sexism.  This scholarship fund continues her advocacy for African American women in the medical profession.
  • Ruth Batson Scholarship Fund: This fund supports BUSM students who are financially or culturally disadvantaged.
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler Scholarship Fund

To support any of these URM Scholarship Funds, please go to BUSM Development Giving Page to donate.  For any questions about scholarship funds or donations, please contact busmdev@bu.edu.