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.

  • 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. 
  •  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.  
  • 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 (Dean's Scholar): 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 combination of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Several of these scholarships are awarded to Kentucky residents only.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Dr. Roger Darrell Akers Memorial: Awarded to entering first-year student, with preference given to resident of Floyd County. A FAFSA is required and this scholarship is renewable.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Daviess County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship: Information available at Kentucky Medical Alliance or by contacting the society: P.O. Box 282, Owensboro, KY 42302.
  • 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.
  • Jenny Caldwell Ford and Marguerite Geneva Ford: Preference given to women who were born in Kentucky and are residents of the state at the time of application for scholarship. Further information: http://www.cflouisville.org/
  • Emily Neil Griggs Memorial: Awarded to a third or fourth-year student and is based 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.
  • 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.
  • Madison County Medical Society Scholar: Awarded to a second-year student and is based on academic excellence and financial need. Primary preference is given to Madison County resident and secondary preference is given to resident of counties surrounding Madison County in central Kentucky. All should have a strong interest in Primary Care.
  • 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.
  • Medical Center Enhancement Scholarship: May be awarded to medical students to promote diversity in the College of Medicine. Students much 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 be repaid in full as a loan. Application required.
  • 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.
  • Dr. and Mrs. James A. Sutherland, Sr. Memorial: Awarded to a rising third-year student. Scholarships is 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.
  • Women's Medical Scholarship: Awarded to a woman in the third year. A FAFSA is required and the scholarship is not renewable.
  • 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.

 

Additional scholarship resources:

–        National Health Service Corps Scholarships
–        Fastweb Scholarship Search Database  

Scholarship Q&A
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 State 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.


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

U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

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