Service Scholarships

How do you know if service is right for you?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NSBI) provides a thorough analysis in their article Borrow or Serve? An Economic Analysis of Options for Financing a Medical School Education

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

  • 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.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • 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.

U.S. Air Force Scholarships

  • 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
  • For more details, contact United States Air Force HPSP, SSgt. Michael Labrie, Air Force Health Professions Recruiter, New England and Europe, 25 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 412, Burlington, MA 01803, 781-270-4134 Ext. 205. 

U.S. Army Scholarships

  • 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.
  • For more details, contact SSG Lance Martinson, US Army Health Care Team, 495 Summer St., Rm. 112, Boston, MA 02110, 617-753-3015, fax 617-753-4836.
  • For details about the Massachusetts Army National Guard, contact CPT Johnny Kula , Army National Guard, Specialty Branch Officer Strength Manager, 495 Summer St., Rm. 120, Boston, MA 02110, 339-202-9107.

U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

  • 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.
  • For more details, see the Scholarship Program and/or Training flyers or contact HMC(SW/AW) Jennifer Gabbard, Officer Recruiter, NORS Boston, 495 Summer Street, Suite 109, Boston, MA 02210, 617-753-4157 or 617-631-7577.