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.