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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 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. 

Charles River District Medical Society Scholarship (MA) 
The Charles River District Medical Society Scholarship Program is available to any medical school student enrolled at an approved US institution who is a legal resident of one of the five towns comprising the district: Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, and Weston. Students must apply by December 31 during the second or third year of medical school. The scholarship is awarded for the second year and is renewable for the third year upon re-application and at the discretion of the Committee on Medical Education. Request an application from: Massachusetts Medical Society Northeast Regional Office, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451; Email: Application deadline: December 31 of the second or third year.



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: The next application cycle will begin October 2012 through January 4, 2013 and will be awarded for academic year September 2013 - May 2014.

Edward Banks Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation (MA) 
Awards are restricted to residents of Barnstable County, MA, or to those with demonstrable significant ties to Barnstable County. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and are granted on a yearly basis with renewal applications necessary. Applicants who intend to return to Barnstable County and contribute to the health and welfare of county residents will be favored. Academic merit and financial need are also selection criteria. For more information and a downloadable application, visit Contact: Henry L. Murphy, Jr. Vice President, Edward Banks Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation, Inc., Lock Drawer M, 243 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Application deadline: April 30.

Edwards Scholarship Fund (MA) 
Scholarships range between $1,000 to $5,000 and are granted for a period of one academic year at a time. It is possible to receive this scholarship up to six times. Scholarships may be used at any accredited college leading to an Associate, Bachelor's or advanced degree. Undergraduate degree seekers take precedence. The basic requirements to apply for a scholarship are: You are a legal resident of Boston; You will have graduated from high school or completed the GED by June of this calendar year; You maintain a high school Grade Point Average of at least 2.0. For more information, visit or click here to download an application. 

Essex South District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship Program (MA) 
To assist in funding the medical education of a student from an Essex South city or town. Qualifications: Residency in an Essex South community for at least 5 years prior to college, with a desire to return and practice in this area. These communities are: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield and Wenham, Massachusetts. Current curriculum vitae, which includes the permanent address, high school with date of graduation, and medical school with expected date of graduation. A statement of academic standing from the medical school. A letter of recommendation from a district society member, if possible. A letter that includes a statement of personal goals. Scholarships will be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Essex South District Medical Society (usually in April). Application Deadline: By February 15 of the academic year. For more information visit: Mail Requirements to: Essex South District Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451-1411. 

Essex South District Medical Society Scholarship (MA) 
Scholarships are awarded annually to assist in the medical education of students from an Essex South city or town. For more information, contact Florence Keefe: phone: (800) 944-5562, email:; mail: 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451-1411. Application deadline: December 1st of the academic year. 

Franklin District Medical Society (MA) 
Scholarships will be awarded based on merit and financial need to students who have at least one parent or guardian living in Franklin County. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,500. Contact: Cathy Salas, MMS West Central Regional Office, 85 Post Office Park, Suite 8518, Wilbraham, MA 01095; Phone (800)322-2303 x7715 or Fax (413) 596-9901. Email: Website: 

Franklin District Medical Society - Percy W. Wadman Scholarship (MA) 
Amount: $1,000 to $1,500 annually, based on merit and financial need. Eligibility: MMS member. Any medical student who resides or whose family resides in Franklin County. Criteria: At least one parent or guardian must live in Franklin County. A letter of matriculation must be submitted from the medical school the individual is attending. A copy of the 1040 Federal tax form filed by the parent or guardian for the last tax year must be submitted. A copy of the letter of recommendation from the undergraduate school to the medical school must be submitted. Download the Percy W. Wadman, M.D. Scholarship application form (.doc). For More Information please visit: or contact MMS West Central Regional Manager, Cathy Salas, (800) 522-3112. 

Hampden District Medical Society Scholarship (MA) 
This schoarship is to assist in funding the medical education of a student from an Essex South city or town. Students who are residents of Hampden County, MA, enrolled or accepted to an accredited medical school, and in good academic standing may apply for the award of $1,000. For an application, contact Suzanne Skibinski, Hampden District Medical Society, 1111 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01089-1540; Phone: (413) 736-0661 or Fax (413) 731-8990. Email: Application deadline: September 1. 

Hampshire District Medical Society Educational Grant (MA) 
Eligibility restricted to 3rd and 4th year medical students who have been residents of Hampshire County for 5 consecutive years. Awards are of $2,000 each and recipients are chosen by lottery. Contact: Cathy Salas, MMS West Central Regional Office, 85 Post Office Park, Suite 8518, Wilbraham, MA 01095; Phone (800)322-2303 x7715 or Fax (413) 596-9901. Website: Application deadline: April 30. 

Horace Smith Fund/Walter S. Barr Scholarships (MA) 
At least four awards of $5,000 are made annually to Hampden County, Massachusetts, residents who are selected on the basis of scholastic record, available resources, need and other pertinent information. Applications are available online or by contacting the Horace Smith Fund between September 1 and February 1 for the coming academic year. Applications should be sent to the Executive Secretary, the Horace Smith Fund, 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103. Telephone: (413) 739-4222. Visit for more details. Application deadline: February 1. 

Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship Fund for Medical Education 
Scholarships are awarded yearly by The Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center Board of Directors to provide annual financial aid to one or more needy candidates matriculating in a program for a career degree in the study of medicine, osteopathy, or dentistry. Candidate must have attended elementary or secondary school in Union, Somerset, or Middlesex County, New Jersey. For more information visit Deadline to Apply: May 1.

James Z. Naurison Scholarship (MA and CT) 
For undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire Counties in MA; and Enfield and Suffield, CT. Scholarships are for $1,000 each and may be renewed for all four years of graduate education. Selection process is competitive and based on academic merit and financial need. Applications are accepted after January 1 online at Contact: Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, 1500 Main Street, PO Box 15769, Springfield, MA 01115. Phone: (413) 732-2858 Application deadline: March 31.

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 to download an application. Contact by email: jvsscholarship@ or phone:(312) 673-3457. Application deadline: February 15.

Middlesex North District Medical Society Scholarship (MA) 
The Dr. Hugh Mahoney Scholarship Fund is available to any medical student who is enrolled and has completed one year at an accredited medical school in the US or Canada. Applicants must be a legal resident of one of the towns comprising the district: Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. For application forms, contact The Middlesex North District Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451-1411; Phone (800) 944-5562 or fax (781) 464-4823. Application deadline: April 9.

Rocco D. LaPenta Medical Scholarship Trust 
Rocco D. LaPenta of Walpole N.H. funded this Trust to provide for tuition incurred by eligible students in the study of medicine. Recipients of this $10,000 grant will be selected based upon the merit of the applicant as shown by his or her academic aptitude, achievement, and willingness to contribute to others or the community. Candidates must also have attended secondary schools for at least three years in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Connecticut. Preference is given to candidates from New Hampshire. For more information contact Application deadline: May 31st. 

Roland Jackson Medical Scholarship (MA) 
Eligible students are graduates of either Swampscott or Marblehead High School OR were residents of Swampscott or Marblehead during their high school years, and who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited medical school. Awards amounts are based on factors including indebtedness for undergraduate and graduate education, financial support from parents, and any other factors brought to the committee's attention. For an application and/or information, contact The Reverend Dean Pedersen, Jackson Medical Scholarship Committee, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907; Phone: (781) 592-6081. Application deadline: June 15. 

Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund (MA) 
Restricted to residents of Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn who have been accepted to an accredited medical school. Awards vary by the year and range from $100 to $4,000. Applicants are judged on the basis of personal character, academic standing, and financial need. For an application and information, contact Josephine Devlin, Doctor Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund, 34 Pleasant Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180; (781) 438-7828 Application deadline: June 1. For more information please visit: 

Worcester District Medical Society (MA)  
Amount and number of scholarship awards vary annually. Applicant must be a legal resident of Central Massachusetts currently attending an accredited medical or osteopathic school. Other selection criteria include: scholastic achievement, financial need, and community service. See for an application and more information. Phone: (508) 753-1579; Email: Application deadline: July 30.

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