Funding Opportunities

Category

Cultural/Ethnic

This database has been compiled to provide students with information regarding various sources of private financial funding.  Students should review the application instructions and eligibility requirements of each funding opportunity in detail before applying.  Unless otherwise noted, all application materials and supporting documentation should be sent directly to the foundation offering that specific funding opportunity.

This information is provided as a courtesy and is not considered exhaustive.  If you are aware of a program that is not listed here  kindly notify us at studentaffairs@umassmed.edu so that we can include it if appropriate.  Please note that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. All external scholarships and fellowships must be reported to the Financial Aid Office each academic year that they are received.


Armenian Students Association (ASA) Scholarships 
ASA awards many scholarships (e.g., George Holopigian Memorial Fund Scholarship) to eligible students. Must be of Armenian descent. Must be enrolled as a full-time student and have completed one full year of academics at a four-year accredited U.S. college by June of 2012 OR must be enrolled in a two-year college and are transferring to a four-year college or university as a full time student in the Fall of 2012. Must be a U.S. citizen OR must possess appropriate Visa status in order to study in the U.S. For information and to download applications visit 
http://www.asainc.org/national/scholarships.shtml or write: ASA Scholarship Committee, 333 Atlantic Avenue, Warwick RI 02888. Application deadline: March 15.

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship
The Chinese American Medical Society is offering the following scholarships to current medical students of Chinese decent. The society awards 3 to 5 scholarships a year to medical and/or dental students and scientists. These scholarships include the Esther Lim Memorial Scholarship, Ruth Liu Memorial Scholarship, and The American Center for Chinese Medical Sciences Scholarship. For more information: http://camsociety.org/scholarshipprogram.html. Application deadline: April 30. The society also offers scholarships for medical students working on summer research projects. The research can be basic science or clinical in nature, but must be completed in a ten week time frame. Preferences will be given to proposals studying problems related to health problems of the Chinese. Upon approval, CAMS will pay a student a stipend of up to $1,000 per month. At the conclusion of the project, a written report is expected. Applications are online through 
http://camsociety.org/summerprogram.html. Application deadline: April 30.

Chinese American Physicians Society Scholarship
The Chinese American Physicians Society (CAPS) is offering scholarships of $2000 to $4000 each annually to students in United States medical schools. The CAPS Scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race or color. The applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial needs, community service records and essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after their graduation. The deadline for submitting the completed applications is usually at the end of February. The 2012 scholarship applications are now available for downloading. For more information, visit the website at: 
http://www.caps-ca.org/ 

Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship
The Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship of $3,500 is awarded each year to a young woman of Polish ancestry for first, second, or third year of medical studies at an accredited school of medicine in the United States. United States citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens with permanent residency status in the United States who are entering first, second or third year of M.D. studies in academic year 2013-2014 and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. This scholarship is open to female residents of the state of Massachusetts. Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's academic achievements, interest, motivation, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration. First preference is given to residents of the state of Massachusetts. Qualified residents of New England are considered if no first preference candidates apply. For more information visit the website at: 
http://www.thekf.org/scholarships/tuition/mzms. The next application cycle will begin October 2012 through January 4, 2013 and will be awarded for academic year September 2013 - May 2014.

Hellenic Medical Society of New York
Applicant must: 1)be a medical student of Hellenic heritage, originating from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey or Pennsylvania 2) have completed the first year matriculation in June 2012 in a U.S. accredited medical school located in the United States and 3) have demonstrated academic achievement and/or financial need. A personal interview is mandatory. Download the application from 
www.hmsny.org and mail to: The Hellenic Medical Society of New York, 60 Plaza Street East, Brooklyn, NY 11238; Phone: (718) 398-2440; email: info@hmsny.org

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship Program
The JACL offers several scholarships in varying amounts to a wide variety of students, including specified scholarships for those pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants must be an active member of the JACL to qualify. Applications are available at the website: 
www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm. For more information, email jacl@jacl.org or write to JACL National Scholarship Awards, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. 

Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)
The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. JMSA offers scholarship funding to medical students who have the potential to contribute to the Japanese-American relationship through the medical field. In choosing scholarship recipients, JMSA also considers students who demonstrate academic excellence and show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America. Students who are interested in applying for a JMSA scholarship will need to complete the application forms and submit a one-page proposal on how they can make a significant contribution to the Japanese-American relationship. If selected, the student will be asked to present their proposal at the JMSA annual spring dinner in New York City. For application forms, deadlines and more information please review the JMSA website: 
www.jmsa.org 

Japanese Medical Society Scholarship
Applicants must be of Japanese ancestry, demonstrate financial need, and be accepted or be enrolled at a U.S. medical school. Four to six scholarships from $1500 to $2500 are awarded annually. For more information or to request an application, write: Chair, Scholarship Committee, 17 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128; Phone: (212)305-3068. Application deadline: March 1. 

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Vocational Service Scholarship
Eligible criteria include: must be of the Jewish faith; born or raised in Chicago Metropolitan area or have one continuous year of employment in Cook County/Chicago Metro area prior to starting professional education; intend to practice in Chicago metro area after graduation; full-time enrollment in a professional post-graduate program; career promise in helping profession such as medicine. Personal interviews are required. Go to website 
http://www.jvschicago.org/scholarship/ to download an application. Contact by email: jvsscholarship@ jvschicago.org, or phone:(312) 673-3457. Application deadline: February 15. 

Korean American Medical Association Scholarship
Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually to Korean-American medical students. Applications and information can be found at 
www.koreanama.org. Questions can be directed to Dr. Mun K. Hong at:mkhong@chpnet.org or 201-541-1345. Completed applications must be mailed to: Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Attn: Dr. Mun K. Hong, 1111 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025 by September 30. 

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Program
Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident of Polish descent and enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Selection based on academic excellence, interests and motivation, interest in Polish subjects or involvement in the Polish-American community, and financial need. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $7,000. Download the application from www.thekf.org, complete and mail to: The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021-6595. For more information, phone at (212) 734-2130, or email 
thekf@pegasusnet.com. Application deadline: January 5. 

National Italian American Foundation
Several scholarships are available to students of Italo-American heritage. To be considered for a NIAF scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria: Be enrolled in an US accredited institution of higher education for the Fall 2012. Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien. Download the Scholarship Handbook at www.niaf.org for information on types of grants and other eligibility requirements. Contact: National Italian American Foundation, 1860 19th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009; Email: 
scholarships@niaf.org; Phone: (202)387-0600. 

New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship
The applicant must be of Hellenic descent and a student member of the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society. Awards will be made based upon academic performance and/or need. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical or dental institution the following academic year. Applicants must have displayed an ongoing interest and commitment to the health field and to Hellenic issues and are required to receive the award in person in Boston in May. Applications are due in March. To request an application or if you have questions please contact Maria Pelidis, MD at 
mpelidis@tufts-nemc.org. Applications can be mailed to NEHMDS, c/o Maria Pelidis, MD, 9 Holyoke Rd, Apt. #2, Somerville, MA 02144. 

Paul and Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust
Applicants must be of Armenian descent or a resident of Kent, Newport or Washington counties in Rhode Island. Eligibility criteria also include financial need, academic merit, and potential to contribute to the United States. For an application, contact: Emma Greene at (617) 434-0329; or write: Bank of America, Trustee, The Paul and Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust, Charitable Assets Division, PO Box 9477, Boston MA 02205, (617) 434-3223. Application deadline: April 1. 

Seol Bong Scholarship
The Seol Bong Scholarship is available to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of Korean ancestry who are legal residents and pursuing an advanced degree in one of the following states: CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or VT. Minimum GPA of 3.5. Formal application, essay, transcripts and recommendations due by November 5th. Contact: Ryu Family Foundation, Inc., 186 Parish Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470. Attn: Jenny Kang. Tel: 973-692-9696 Fax: 973-692-0999. 

Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest 
$1,000 scholarships will be awarded to medical and/or dental students with a Turkish-American heritage or ancestry. This scholarship can be applied each year during their schooling. For more details visit their website at: 
www.tadamonline.org Click here for application form and details. Deadline: February 1.