Scholarships and grants are gift aid, meaning you do not have to repay them or earn the funds by working. There are two categories of Boston University scholarships: merit and need. Need-based financial aid is awarded based on you and/or your family’s financial need. Merit-based financial aid is awarded without regard for financial need. This type of aid is usually awarded for a variety of talents and interests: academic, artistic, athletic, etc. Private and Service scholarships are also available from other sources.
Remember that you can receive more than one type of financial aid. An award package may include a combination of scholarships, grants, and other types of assistance, such as loans and work-study.
The AAMC – OSR Committee on Diversity and Community provides a list of scholarships, research grants and fellowship opportunities to medical students, which is updated monthly. Please take advantage of the many opportunities by visiting the AAMC website.
Service Scholarships are provided by governmental agencies and military branches, to provide a career path for many students. After graduation or residency, employment serving undeserved populations or enlistment in the military for a prescribed length of time. Is service right for you? AAMC Academic Medicine provides an extensive resource for those interested in service scholarships.
Service Scholarships Opportunities
- This program is for health professional students interested in primary health care specialties and committed to serving all or part of their career in a federally designated health professional shortage area (HSPA). The scholarship provides full tuition and fees, monthly stipends and other reasonable education expenses.
- For more details, contact 1-800-221-9393 or Health Resources and Services Administration.
- The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year through extramural and intramural loan repayment programs.
- The United States Air Force offers three and four year scholarships to all medical and dental students. Benefits include all tuition and required fees, including textbooks, small equipment items and supplies for study as well as a monthly living expense allowance.
- Students must apply for the scholarships through an Air Force recruiter. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit. Applicants must be qualified to serve as physicians or dentists in the Air Force.
- Please review the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Fact Sheet for Medical School for further information
- The U.S. Army offers three and four year scholarships to all medical and dental students.
- Benefits include full tuition, health insurance, payment for books, equipment, and lab fees required for study. Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly stipend of more than $2,200 for the duration of medical and dental school and qualify for a $20,000 sign-on bonus. Active Duty Service Obligation is year for year for each year of scholarship received.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen and be enrolled in, applying to, or have a letter of acceptance from an accredited school in the United States or Puerto Rico. Qualify as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve.
- The U.S. Navy scholarship will pay your full tuition, as well as required book fees and provide you with a monthly living expense stipend. You must be a U.S. citizen, meet the Navy’s physical requirements, and graduate by age 42.