The cost of continuing education is constantly increasing, but scholarships offer free money to help pay for your education. If you are a medical student, check out these five scholarships to find the ones for which you qualify.

Physicians of Tomorrow Awards

The Physicians of Tomorrow Awards started in 2004, and they are given by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. There is a total of four scholarships, each worth $10,000, which are awarded to 8 to 12 winners. Eligibility requirements for some of the scholarships include:

  • Academic excellence
  • Financial need
  • Current Oklahoma medical students (Physicians of Tomorrow Award supported by the Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Fund)
  • Enrollment at specific Chicago medical schools (Physicians of Tomorrow Award for Chicago-area students)

AMWA Medical Education Scholarship

The AMWA Medical Education Scholarship is funded by the American Medical Women’s Association. The association’s goal is to help more women become interested in all aspects of medicine. Four winners are selected and each given a $1,000 scholarship. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Female
  • Currently enrolled in a medical school
  • Member of AMWA
  • Embody the goals of AMWA

Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Program

The Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Program rewards six students who are committed to their medical education. Scholarships are worth $5,000 each. Qualifications include:

  • Third-year medical students who are expected to graduate spring of the following year
  • Good academic standing
  • Must show interest in at least one aspect of the scholarship

Education Recognition Awards

Funded by the American Respiratory Care Foundation, part of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the Education Recognition awards comprise six different scholarships to help assist respiratory therapists with their tuition. There are a total of six awards, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500:

  • The Mortan B. Duggan, Jr. Memorial Award tends to focus on outstanding students at Georgia and South Carolina respiratory therapist schools
  • The Jimmy A. Young Memorial Award looks for minorities in the respiratory therapy field
  • The NBRC/AMP William W. Burgin, JR., MD Awards are for associate students in their second year
  • The NBRC/AMP Robert M. Lawrence, MD Awards go to third or fourth year students seeking their bachelor’s degree
  • The NBRC/AMP Gareth B. Gish and William F. Miller, MD Postgraduate Awards are only for graduate students with a GPA of at least 3.0

Health Professions Scholarship Program

For medical students interested in serving their country, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program offers the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Their goal is to help students pay for their medical education, while also agreeing to serve in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. The award for this program is tuition coverage of 100 percent, and winners also get a monthly stipend of over $2,000 for up to four years. Requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Be attending or accepted to a medical school
  • Have the physical ability to qualify as an officer
  • Agree to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, including a year of active duty for each year of the scholarship

Medical school is expensive, but there is help. Don’t hesitate to apply for any scholarship for which you are eligible. Start by creating your own list of scholarships and start applying today.