Medical Education Scholarships

The College of Medicine administers a scholarship program with a variety of awards. Scholarships are awarded based on an expansive list of criterion – some scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence or financial need, while others are established on specific criteria such as Kentucky, county of origin or planned medical specialty.

See below for more information about our available scholarships, including:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Financial need scholarships
  • Specialty or criterion-based scholarships
  • Additional scholarship resources

For questions and inquiries about scholarships for medical students, please contact our financial office at finaidcom@uky.edu.   

Academic scholarships:

Most academic excellence scholarships are designated for first-year students and several are renewable each year. Some awards are established solely for Kentucky students. No application needed unless indicated otherwise. 

Scholarship

Description

Additional Info

Academic Excellence

Awarded to third-year and fourth-year students. An application is required as well as a numeric average of 93.3 to be considered. This scholarship is not renewable. 

Application required

Academic Merit

Awarded to a first-year student and is renewable

 

Averitt Scholarship Fund

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable. Preference is given to a native of Fayette County.

Fayette County native

Dr. John S. and Annabel Chambers

Awarded to a fourth-year student

 

Dr. Charles R. Combs

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student and is renewable

 

Geraldine L. Cosby

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable

 

Irvine H. and Pauline B. Crosby

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable

 

Dr. Richard R. and Dorothy Hillenmeyer Crutcher

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student and is renewable

 

Dean's Scholar Program

Awarded to an entering first-year and is renewable

 

Robert L. Johnson Memorial

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable. 

 

Fred and Nola Jones

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable. 

 

L.H. May Trust

Awarded to medical students in second, third and fourth years. 

 

Medical Alumni Association Scholarship

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student and is renewable.

 

Medical Center Wright Recruitment

Awarded to an entering first-year student. This scholarship may be may be one year or renewable.

 

Michael A. Niewodowski, MD

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable.

 

Walter J. Salmon, Sr. and Walter J. Salmon, Jr. Memorial

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable. To be considered, the recipient required to complete a clinical rotation in nephrology during enrollment, however, no service commitment is required

 

Dr. Wilson Sebastian, Jr. Memorial

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student and is renewable

 

Robert Shapiro, MD

Awarded to an entering first-year medical student and is renewable

 

David B. Stevens, MD

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is renewable

 


Financial need scholarships:

These awards are based on a combination of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Several of these scholarships are awarded to Kentucky residents only. No application needed unless indicated otherwise.

Scholarship

Description

Additional Info

Class of 1969

Awarded to third and fourth-year students. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is not renewable.

 

College of Medicine Class of 1974 Endowed

Awarded to an entering first-year student with academic excellence. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable

 

John W. Collins, Sr., MD and Peggie H. Collins and Family Scholarship

Awarded to a first-year Kentucky student and is renewable.

 

Dr. Jamie Jacobs Medical Student

Awarded to an entering first-year student who shows academic excellence. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.

 

Dr. William C. and Doris M. Ellis

Awarded to an entering first-year student who shows academic excellence. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.

 

Abner Golden, MD

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.

 

Dr. Thomas Jefferson Griffith Medical

Awarded to an entering first-year student. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.

 

Diane Gussler-Lobach, MD Endowed

Awarded to an entering first-year student. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable

 

Robert B. & Helen P. Jewell Foundation

Awarded to an entering first-year student. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable. 

 

Dorothy and Edwin H. Munich Memorial

Awarded to a fourth-year medical student who demonstrates academic excellence. A FAFSA is required.

4th year student

Dr. R. Todd and Patricia Sweeney

Awarded to a rising second-year Kentucky student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A FAFSA required for consideration

 

Byron Young, MD

Awarded to Kentucky student(s). A FAFSA required

 


Specialty or criterion-based scholarships:

There are various awards given to students based on specific criteria such as county of origin and career specialty interests. No application needed unless indicated otherwise.

Scholarship

Description

Additional Info

Dr. Roger Darrell Akers Memorial

Awarded to entering first-year student, with preference given to residents of Floyd County. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.

Floyd County

Peter Ardery

Awarded to third and/or fourth-year student who wishes to pursue a medical rotation in another country and has financial need. This scholarship is not renewable.

Medical rotation in another country

R. Quin Bailey, MD

Awarded to a first-year Kentucky student and is based on academic excellence, demonstrated financial need, and interest in the practice of Primary Care. This scholarship is renewable. 

Interest  in Primary Care

Harry King and Nelle Buttermore

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is based on academic excellence and demonstrated financial need. A FAFSA is required and preference given to resident of Kentucky from an Appalachian county. This scholarship is renewable

Resident of KY from an Appalachian county.

Daviess County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship

Information available at Kentucky Medical Alliance or by contacting the society: P.O. Box 282, Owensboro, KY 42302.

Daviess County

Charles G. and Edith J. Dickerson

One award is made to a rising fourth-year medical student. Each of the six colleges that make up the UK Medical Center nominates one student based on academic excellence and financial need. A FAFSA is required and preference is given to students with interest in practicing primary care in an underserved area in Kentucky (no actual service commitment required). Applications are solicited by the Financial Aid office.

Interest in Primary Care

Emily Neil Griggs Memorial

Awarded to a third or fourth-year student and is based on academic excellence, financial need and practice interest in Oncology. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is not renewable.

 

James F. Hile Medical

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is based on academic excellence, interest in general/family medicine (no actual service commitment required). This scholarship is not renewable

Interest in family medicine

Kentucky Medical Association Alliance Fund

Awarded to third and fourth-year students. This scholarship is based on academic excellence and preference is given to a resident of Kentucky with intent to practice in Kentucky (no actual service commitment required). It is not renewable

3rd and 4th year students

Dr. W.C. and Sara McCauley

Awarded to second, third, or fourth-year medical students. This scholarship is based on academic excellence, financial need and preference is given to a resident of Woodford County. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is not renewable.

Resident of Woodford County

Medical Center Enhancement Scholarship

May be awarded to medical students to promote diversity in the College of Medicine. Students must be in good academic standing.

 

J. Lester Miller

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is based on academic excellence, financial need, and preference is given to a resident of Madison County. A FAFSA is required and this is a two-year scholarship.

Preference is resident of Madison County

Paul E. Miller and Judith Sebastian-Miller Fellowship

Awarded to an entering first-year student who has a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need and preference is for a native of Fayette County or contiguous counties. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is renewable

Fayette County

Ethelyn O'Neal Fellowship

Award to a first-year student, based on the following preferences:

  • Graduate of high schools in Union County with practice interest in the city of Sturgis in Union County;
  • Graduate of high schools in Union County with practice interest in Union County;
  • Graduate of high schools in Union County; or
  • Graduate of high schools in Crittenden, Webster or Hopkins counties with practice interest in any of the three counties

 

Union, Crittenden, Webster or Hopkins counties

Dr. C. Edward and Betty Jane Rankin

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student who demonstrates academic excellence and interest in primary care. This scholarship is renewable.

Interest in Primary Care

Michael D. Rankin, MD Community Scholarship

May be awarded to a medical student who is a resident of a rural county in Kentucky, with preference for Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln or Mercer counties, and who has an agricultural background. Students must have good academic performance and financial need. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is renewable.

Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln or Mercer counties

Ray and Lorena Gaye Salyer

Awarded to an entering first-year student and is based on academic excellence. Students should be a native of Kentucky from Madison, Breathitt or Johnson counties and demonstrate financial need. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is renewable.

Madison, Breathitt, or Johnson counties

Dr. Eileen R. Scheryl

Awarded to an entering first-year student. This scholarship is based on academic excellence. Students should be a native of Kentucky from Madison, Breathitt or Johnson counties and demonstrate financial need. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is renewable.

Madison, Breathitt or Johnson counties

Eloise C. Smith and Dr. E. Vernon Smith Medical Scholarship

Awarded to a medical student(s) based on academic excellence. Students should be a resident of Greenup County and commit a minimum of five service years of medical practice following completion of degree requirements and any post-doctoral training. Non-compliance of the scholarship agreement does require that the scholarship is repaid in full as a loan. Application required

Greenup County

Stevens Orthopaedic Fellowship

Awarded to rising second-year student. The scholarship is based on academic excellence, financial need, and submission of letters of recommendation from Orthopaedic Surgery faculty members or research abstract. Application required

Interest in Orthopaedics

Dr. and Mrs. James A. Sutherland, Sr.

Awarded to a rising third-year student. Scholarships are based on academic excellence and demonstrated leadership ability in the College of Medicine. It is not renewable.

 

Helen R. Westman, MD

Awarded to an entering first-year Kentucky student with preference for women with financial need. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is renewable.

Preference is female

Women's Medical Scholarship

Awarded to a woman in the third year. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is not renewable.

3rd year female

John B. and Brownie Young Scholarship

Awarded to students from Daviess and McLean Counties. This scholarship is renewable. More information is available at http://www.jbbyscholarship.com.

Daviess and McLean counties

Additional scholarship resources:

U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

The U.S. Army has approximately 255 Health Professions Scholarship Program recipients for medical school each year. This scholarship pays full tuition, books and fees. Students will also receive a monthly stipend, which is currently over $2,200 per month. This stipend goes up each July. The active duty obligation will be dependent upon the length of scholarship received. For more information, please contact SFC John E. Dow in the Lexington Medical Recruiting Center at 859-224-4045.

U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

Contact:
Petty Officer Jerrica Awbrey
Director - Medical Officer Programs
10400 Linn Station Road, Suite 217
Louisville, KY 40223

U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) through the United States Air Force is awarded to a select group of medical students each year, who not only display great potential as a health care professional, but as a future leader in the United States Air Force. Below, are the basic eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a desire to serve your country
  • Have a letter of acceptance into medical school
  • Be under the age of 38
  • Complete and pass military doctors physical
  • Have no major law violations

This scholarship pays full tuition; some fees, books, and supplies; plus a monthly stipend. There is a military service obligation. For more information please contact Byron Blanchard in the Nashville recruiting office at 615-885-9970.