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Tennessee Medical Education Fund 2021-2022 Application

The 2021-2022 application will open in January 2021. More information at

     The Tennessee Medical Education Fund, Inc. (TMEF) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation, created by the Tennessee Medical Association in 1963 with the purpose to provide scholarships to students enrolled in an accredited medical school within the state of Tennessee. 
     The scholarships available are entirely “need based” without regard to course of study, academic performance or year of school and are restricted for medical school expenses only. All scholarships will be disbursed directly to the medical school in which the applicant is enrolled. 
     Scholarships range from $1,000 - $10,000 per year, based on financial need. Financial need is determined in part by a financial need ranking by the applicable medical school.

- Must be a citizen of the United States and a legal resident of the state of Tennessee (as certified) by the medical school in which enrolled.
- Must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited medical school within the state of Tennessee.
- Provide documentation of financial need to pursue a course of study in medicine by meeting Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan eligibility requirements.
- Must be a member of the Tennessee Medical Association (membership is free for students and residents).

There is also a 150-500 word essay stating how this scholarship will benefit your medical school education.

Applications are ONLINE ONLY and available through April 15, 2021.

TMEF Information


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)/Darrell G. Kirch, MD Scholarship
                                    The 2021-22 application opens June 2021

Established in 2019 by the AAMC Board of Directors, this scholarship honors the exemplary leadership of Dr. Darrell G. Kirch and recognizes his deep commitment to creating a diverse workforce of healthcare professionals. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to eight (8) 1st year underrepresented minority medical students (for the 2021-2022 academic year), who are enrolled at an LCME- accredited US, MD-granting medical school. The selected students must demonstrate both community service and leadership, and will be eligible to renew for another three years (i.e., 4 years of funding), provided that they meet renewal criteria. The scholarship funds should be used for tuition and fees and/or living expenses. The scholarship recipients will be required to attend the Nickens Awards session at the AAMC's Learn Serve Lead (LSL) 2021 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Conference registration fees will be waived and the AAMC will cover up to two (2) nights of lodging for each Scholar.

This application opens June, 2021. Applications for this award are due by 11:59PM Pacific on Sunday, July , 2021 at


The Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship
East Tennessee Foundation is happy to announce that the Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship will again be available for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to excellent medical students in their second or higher year at a Tennessee medical school who are studying internal medicine or family practice, and are residents of Tennessee. Applicants who plan to practice in Tennessee will be preferred, with special preference given to those planning to practice in rural areas of Tennessee. This scholarship ultimately aims at increasing the availability of quality medical care in rural areas of Tennessee. 

Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, for the 2021 applications, will be available on our website,, beginning November 15, 2020.  The scholarship application must be completed and submitted online. Attached is a copy of the online applicant tutorial.   The application deadline for the 2021 Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship is February 15, 2021.

Below is a detailed description of the criteria for the Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship. 

Purpose and History:
The Howard H. Baker Medical Scholarship Fund, established by Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Darek Baker, and Cissy Baker in memory of Senator Howard H. Baker, provides scholarship assistance to Tennessee residents attending medical school in Tennessee.

Scholarship Amount:
$5,000 per year for one year; may reapply for subsequent years

Eligibility Requirements:
Residency Requirement: Graduate of Tennessee high school or Tennessee resident for a minimum of five years
Education requirement: Current enrollment in a Tennessee medical school entering second, third, or fourth years
Field of Study: Medical Degree (MD) with a specialty in either Internal Medicine or Family Practice.  Preference will be given to students planning to practice medicine in Tennessee and special preference will be given to students intending to serve a rural population of Tennessee
GPA minimum: 3.0 from medical schools using letter grades; “Pass” from Vanderbilt University for first year medical students; “High Pass” or “Honors Pass” from second and third year Vanderbilt University applicants
College/ Enrollment Requirement: Full-time enrollment in any medical doctor program in the state of Tennessee (Osteopathic medical programs are not eligible)
Financial Need: Not applicable
Additional Requirements: U.S. Citizenship                  

Please feel free to contact Beth Heller at  or Ashley Siferd at or toll-free at (877) 524-1223 with any questions or concerns.


2021-2022 The Pisacano Leadership Foundation    
(Rising M4s - Class of 2022)

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the 21-22 Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is now available online at

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care.  By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty.

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is designed to provide educational programs, leadership training, and funding to reimburse a portion of medical-school-related debt.  Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period.  Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall of 2021 may apply.  The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each for the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications must be received by March 1st,  2021 to be considered.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Jane Ireland at  or call      859-287-1948.


Indian Health Service Scholarship
The Indian Health Service Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

The National Health Service Corps 2021 application cycle is now closed. The next Scholarship Program application is scheduled to open in early 2021. Sign up to get an e-mail when it does.

You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines: 

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. To learn more about how NHSC reviews applications and determines who receives a scholarship, please watch this short video. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 3.

AMA Scholarship

Army Medical Corps

Navy Healthcare 


Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship

The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) allows individuals to attend a civilian medical school of their choice with a scholarship sponsored by the United States Army, Navy or Air Force. To be eligible to apply for the program, all applicants must have an unconditional acceptance letter from an accredited medical school inside the United States or Puerto Rico. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of commissioning. Three and four year scholarships are available.

HPSP participants are commissioned as officers in the Medical Service Corps. Students enrolled in the HPSP will attend an accredited civilian medical school inside the United States or Puerto Rico. The scholarship pays all tuition and some fees, required books and gives participants a monthly stipend in excess of $2,000 per month. Currently HPSP participants are allowed to apply for both active duty and civilian residency programs through the Joint Services Graduate Medical Education Board.

For more information please visit one or more of the following: - For interest in the Army - call (304)344-0513 - For interest in the Air Force - call 1-800-588-5260 - For interest in the Navy - call 1.800.284.6289

(Military Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses)

Dedicated Websites for Scholarship Opportunities

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