External Private Scholarships

This is a listing of some individual scholarships opportunities that students may wish to investigate. Geisinger Commonwealth has not contacted these organizations because they usually only accept applications directly from students. Please keep in mind that each scholarship listed has different deadlines so be sure to check each scholarship website for the most up to date information. While it does take time to explore outside scholarship opportunities, please keep in mind that every scholarship dollar earned is a dollar less of debt you will have to repay someday. 

  • Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Medical Student Scholarship

    Two scholarships of $2000 will be awarded to medical student who are residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

    Apply to:
    ACMS Scholarship
    c/o The Foundation
    777 East Park Drive, P.O. Box 8820
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
    Telephone: (717) 558-7854
    Fax: (717) 558-7818
    Email: studentservices-foundation@pamedsoc.org
    Website: http://www.foundationpamedsoc.org

  • Alliance Medical Education Scholarship

    The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second- or third-year student. .

    In addition to completing an application, candidates must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; and an essay describing the applicant’s vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine.

    The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance established the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship fund in April 2000. These scholarship awards are possible thanks to Alliance fundraising events and contributions from its members.

    The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance is an organization of physician spouses from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are improving the health and quality of life for all people.

    The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, which administers the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 40 years.

    For an application, contact the Foundation at (717) 558-7852, or visit Student Financial Services at www.foundationpamedsoc.org.

  • AMA Leadership Awards

    The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer Inc., presents these awards to medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians who demonstrate strong, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, public health, community service and/or education. Recipients will attend a leadership development training program, an awards banquet, and the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. .
    Website: www.amafoundation.org/go/excellence.

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Program

    Department 60301
    ACT Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
    Telephone(319) 337-1716 ext. 60
    Email: aauw@act.org
    Website: http://www.aauw.org/
    Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women from ethnic minorities historically underrepresented in medicine. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Awards usually range from $5,000 to $12,000.

  • American Indian Graduate Center

    4520 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, Suite 1B
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    Telephone: (505) 881-8584
    Toll Free: (800) 628-1920
    Website: http://www.aigc.com
    Graduate and Professional students who are enrolled members of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native Group or possess one fourth degree federally recognized Indian blood may apply for scholarships. .


  • Buckfire and Buckfire, PC 2015 Diversity Scholarship

    The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. offers a  Medical School Diversity Scholarship for medical students. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

    The Medical School Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited medical school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. .

    Website: http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/2015-buckfire-medical-school-diversity-scholarship.cfm

  • Chester County Medical Society Horace P. Darlington Award

    Medical students who are residents of Chester County, Pennsylvania, are eligible for this one-time award of $1,000. Also available to Chester County residents is the Chester County Medical Society Scholarship, an annual scholarship of $500, which is renewable for up to four years. .
    Chester County Medical Society
    Carol Dot
    P.O. Box 859
    Kimberton, PA 19422
    Telephone: (610) 827-1543
    Email: caroldot@erols.com

  • Chinese American Physicians Society

    c/o Lawrence M. Ng, M.D., Executive Director
    345 Ninth St., Suite 204
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Website: http://www.caps-ca.org
    CAPS offers scholarship(s) of $2,000 to $5,000 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.

    Application Form: http://www.caps-ca.org.

  • EverSpark Autism Awareness Scholarship

    Deadline for Applications: August 30th
    We understand the challenges autism presents to students affected by it, and know how difficult it can be to consider going to college. With the Autism Awareness Scholarship, we aim to encourage students to pursue their secondary education. We also want to raise awareness for autism by encouraging students to study related fields in college. Together, we can reduce and even eliminate the effects of autism, and we want to help students who wish to pursue a career doing just that. We know that studying such an intense subject is difficult, so we hope the $1,000 scholarship will help students succeed in a real and tangible way.

  • The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society

    Students must be of South Asian Indian heritage and enrolled full time in their second, third, or fourth year at an accredited Pennsylvania medical school. The Foundation is offering a $2,000 scholarship from the Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent. .
    Website: www.foundationpamedsoc.org
    Telephone: (717) 558-7852

  • Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

    Scholarships of $2,000 and $5,000 per year are available to graduate students enrolled full time in a degree program at an accredited college, university, or professional school. Applicants must be of Greek descent and U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, or Salem counties in New Jersey. .
    Apply to:
    Scholarship Chairman
    Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia
    P.O. Box 42199
    Philadelphia, PA 19101
    Telephone: (215) 483-7440
    Website: http://www.hucphila.org

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale prior to the submission of the application. The HSF/College Scholarship Program for graduate students is competitive and the student must be pursuing their first graduate degree. Applicants must apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA. The award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. . Website: http://www.hsf.net.

  • Dr. Arthur J. and Helen M. Horvat Foundation Scholarship

    Applicants must have resided within the boundary limits of Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Pittston, Pittston Township, Jenkins Township, Yatesville, Hughestown, Suscon, Old Forge, Taylor, Moosic and Ransom Township for at least one year prior to graduating high school and/or completing an application for the Horvat Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in a field of study leading to a career in the medical or health profession. Family income of qualifying students cannot exceed amount set by Trustees. Current adjusted gross income limitations are $77,535 for one dependent, $82,183 for two dependents, and $86,750 for three or more dependents. .
    Website: www.csascholars.org

  • Japanese American Citizens League

    Applicants must be JACL members. The student’s written request should specify the Graduate category of application and enclose a #10 self-addressed stamped envelope. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. .
    Apply to:
    National Japanese American Citizens League Headquarters
    Attn: National Scholarship Awards
    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Telephone: (415) 921-5225
    Email: JACL@hooked.net
    Website: http://www.jacl.org

  • Japanese Medical Society

    Applicants must show a strong interest in the Japanese Medical Society of America.
    Apply to:
    Japanese Medical Society
    17 East 89th Street
    New York, NY 10128
    Telephone: (212) 305-3068
    Website: http://www.jmsa.org/student-members/about-scholarships

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund: The fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Grants range from $2,000 to $8000. Samuel F. and Sara G. Feinman  assist talented men and women pursue their legal or medical education. The fund provides an interest-free loan ranging from $2,000 – $5,000 to medical and law school students based on financial need. Preference is given to students who live in the Greater Philadelphia region and of the Jewish faith who are enrolled in an accredited local Law or Medical school. It is a requirement of this fund that loan repayments begin within five years after graduation ensuring that future funds will continue to be available for students in need.
    Apply to:
    Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
    2100 Arch Street6th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Telephone: (215) 832-0519
    Website: www.jewishphilly.org

  • Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship

    The Elk County Community Foundation announces the Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship. It is open to graduates of any St. Mary’s PA high school who have been accepted by or are currently attending an accredited medical school.  Applications are available at www.elkcountyfoundation.com

  • Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund

    This award is given in memory of Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD. Dr. Calder was a dedicated member of the medical profession in Williamsport, PA for over 30 years. The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually in honor of Dr. Joseph R. Calder, Jr., to graduating seniors or non-traditional students residing in Lycoming County, with the intent of pursuing a career in a medical related program. Request can be for the first year or for any succeeding year of higher education.

    For additional information and application, please visit:  http://www.wlfoundation.org

  • Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship

    Qualifications or criteria for applying: must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Polish descent, strongly identify with Polish American community or of non-Polish origin studying Polish subjects, and must be enrolled as a full-time graduate or postgraduate student. . To request further information and/or application contact:
    Kosciuszko Foundation
    15 E. 65th Street
    New York, NY 10021-6595
    Telephone: (212) 734-2130
    Website:  http://www.thekf.org/kf/scholarships/tuition/ 

  • Lancaster Medical Society Foundation
    • The Lancaster City & County Medical Society is pleased to make scholarship awards available to medical school students who are legal residents of Lancaster County, Pa.   Dollar amount and number of scholarships awarded vary from year to year, but the LCCMS has given over $200,000 in financial support since 1991. The application and additional information is also available at http://www.lancastermedicalsociety.org/Content/default.asp .
      Apply to:
      Lancaster City and County Medical Society
      137 E. Walnut Street
      Lancaster, PA 17602
      Telephone: (717) 393-9588
      Email: lancmedsoc@comcast.net
  • The Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship for Medical Education

    To be eligible for this competitive scholarship, medical students must be from New Jersey and reside in specific towns in Union, Somerset, and Middlesex Counties.

    The scholarships are open to medical students who satisfy the following criteria:

    • Candidates must have been raised (attended or eligible to attend) elementary or secondary school in one of these communities:
      • Union County – Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, or Westfield
      • Somerset County – Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Gillette, Green Brook, Martinsville, North Plainfield, Somerville, Warren or Watchung
      • Middlesex County – Dunellen, Edison (west of Rt 27), Iselin, Metuchen, Middlesex, Piscataway (north of Lake Nelson-Camp Kilmer), South Plainfield
    • Candidates must be eligible for a degree in medicine from an accredited medical, osteopathic or dental school. Matriculating students in the first through last year may apply.
    • Candidates must demonstrate financial need.
    • Applications and brochures are available at
  • Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship Fund

    The Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship is for residents of Lycoming County in the state of Pennsylvania and who are enrolled full-time in an accredited United States medical school. Preference will be given to first-year students, but all students are encouraged to apply. This scholarship is awarded to two qualified medical students. It is a one-time award in the amount of $1,800. An application  is available upon request from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (see address below). .
    Apply to:
    Lycoming CMS Scholarship Fund
    c/o The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
    777 East Park Drive
    P.O. Box 8820
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
    Telephone: (800) 228-7823 (in PA) or (717) 558-7854
    Fax: (717) 558-7818
    Email: studentservices-foundation@pamedsoc.org
    Website: http://www.foundationpamedsoc.org/SFS/Scholarships.aspx

  • John B. Lowman Scholarship Fund

    Eligible students must be residents of Cambria County and accepted into an accredited medical school.
    Apply to:
    Cambria County Medical Society
    Lowman Scholarship Fund
    1454 Scalp Avenue
    Johnstown PA, 15904
    Telephone: (814) 535-5493
    Email: ccms@charterinternet.com

  • Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship Fund

    The Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for students enrolled in an A.M.A. accredited (or similar status accrediting entity) medical school located in the United States.  Students must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicant must have attended Connecticut public and/or parochial schools for at least eight years
    • Graduated from a Connecticut public or parochial high school; and be attending medical school. . The award is not applicable to students entering their first year of medical school.

    Number of awards: 1 – 10
    Size of awards: $1,000 – $2,000, students may apply for renewal awards

    The application can be found on the Hartford Foundation’s website at www.hfpg.org/scholarship.

  • Daniel R. Miller Trust Fund for Education

    Residents of Pine Grove Borough, Pine Grove Township, Pennsylvania, and Clear Spring, Maryland. Obtain applications by contacting the address below, high school guidance offices or a Wachovia Bank branch in Pottsville, PA.
    Apply to:
    Wachovia Bank
    Daniel R. Miller Trust Fund for Education
    Attn: Sally King
    100 North Main Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27150
    Telephone: (864) 268-3363
    Website: http://www.wachoviascholars.com

  • National Society Daughters of American Revolution

    Offers several scholarships for medical students.  These awards are in the amount of up to $5,000 annually for up to four years, with a maximum of $20,000 total. These awards are available only in consecutive four-year increments. It is only necessary to submit one application for consideration for any award in this group. Application information is available at the following Website: http://www.dar.org/national-society/faq/scholarships

  • National Medical Fellowships, Inc. Scholarship Program

    African Americans, mainland Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians who are United States citizens, and who will be first- or second-year candidates for the M.D. or D.O. degree in accredited United States medical schools. Scholarships are based on financial need. .
    Apply to:
    National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
    Scholarship Program
    5 Hanover Square, 10th Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    Telephone: (212) 483-8880
    Website: http://www.nmfonline.org

  • Native American Scholarships

    This Website, http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships, contains a list of scholarships that has been compiled by representatives of several Native American tribes.

  • Native Indian Education Association

    This Website provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.
    Website: http://www.niea.org/Students/Scholarships.aspx

  • 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. . To request an application or if you have questions please contact: Maria Pelidis, MD at mpelidis@tufts-nemc.org.
    Applications can be mailed to:
    c/o Maria Pelidis, MD
    9 Holyoke Rd, Apt. #2
    Somerville, MA 02144

  • Northampton County Medical Society Alliance

    Applicants must be United States citizens who reside in Northampton County, Pennsylvania and/or have a Bethlehem mailing address. They must be accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited institute of medicine. Scholarships up to $1,000 will be offered to two students based on academic, financial, and community service criteria. For an application, please visit the website at http://www.ncmsa.org or download the flyer (.pdf).

  • The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

    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 may apply.

    For an application and more information, please visit www.pisacano.org.

  • Anna and Ida Reiss Memorial Fund Scholarship

    Awarded to Jewish students engaged in the study of medicine and exhibit financial need. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year, depending on the number of applicants and fund’s income. Students must send a letter or an email requesting an application. Applicant will need proof of matriculation in an accredited medical program and proof of Jewish faith (i.e., affidavit or certificate from Rabbi) to:
    Harry Miles, Esq., Trustee,
    Anna and Ida Reiss Memorial Fund Scholarship
    C/O Green, Miles, Lipton, White & Fitz-Gibbon
    77 Pleasant St.
    PO Box 210
    Northampton, MA 01061-0210
    Email: hmiles@greenmiles.com

  • Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship

    The Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship is for a student who is entering the first year of medical school. The applicant must be a resident of Lehigh, Berks, or Northampton County in the state of Pennsylvania and be enrolled full-time in an accredited United States medical school. This scholarship is awarded to one qualified first year medical student. It is a one-time award in the amount of $1,000. An application form is available upon request from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. .
    Apply to:
    Siegfried/Vigilante Scholarship
    c/o The Foundation
    777 East Park Drive
    P.O. Box 8820
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
    Telephone: (717) 558-7854
    Fax: (717) 558-7818
    Website: http://www.foundationpamedsoc.org/sfs/scholarships/siegfried.aspx

  • Sons of Italy National Leadership Grant

    Scholarships for U.S. Citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian American grandparent) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution. . Website: http://www.osia.org.

  • The Tylenol Scholarship

    The makers of Tylenol award $250,000 – $350,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing health-related studies. Funds will be awarded to at least 170 students in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000. For applications and more information, go to: https://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship . Use access key TYNL.

  • The Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest Scholarship

    Two $1,000 scholarships are available to medical students with a Turkish-American heritage or ancestry. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must be a first, second, third or fourth year medical student at a U.S. medical school. The  application can be downloaded in PDF format on TADAM’s website, www.tadam   online.org. .

    The supporting documents needed to complete the application are:

    • Letter from the Dean of Students verifying good standing.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Applicant’s personal statement (including career goals).
    • Applicant’s current vitae (be sure to include education, research activities if any, employment and extracurricular activities. Credit will be given to those with research projects related to health care of Turkey.)
  • Westmoreland County Medical Society

    Education Loan Program that offers loans to eligible students in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year at an accredited medical school. Applicants must be present or past residents of Westmoreland County. Applications are available on their website at http://www.pamedsoc.org/ or you can email your request for an application to wcms@juno.com.
    Apply to:
    Westmoreland County Medical Society Office
    231 S. Main Street, Suite 207
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    Telephone: (724) 837-5050

  • Marian J. Wettrick Charitable Foundation

    Offers financial assistance in the form of grants to female students who have an inclination to practice medicine at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Potter County, PA. Applicants must have graduated from a Pennsylvania college or university, gained admission and subsequently attend a Pennsylvania medical school (including osteopathic schools). The award of financial assistance will be made at the discretion of the Trustee.
    Apply to:
    Marian J. Wettrick Charitable Foundation
    c/o Citizens Trust Company
    TrusteeTrust Department
    10 N. Main Street
    P.O. Box 229 Coudersport, PA 16915-0229
    Telephone: (814) 274-9150
    Fax: (814) 274-0401

  • The Addison H. Gibson Foundation

    The foundation offers low interest loans to students whose family home is located in western Pennsylvania.
    Telephone: (412) 261-1611
    Email: ldunbar@gibson-fnd.org

  • The Lyme Dysease Association, Inc. (LDA) Scholarship

    The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) is offering scholarships to the conference to eligible medical students, residents, post-doctoral candidates, fellows, etc.

    The scholarship enables participation in the LDA Conference and allows the association to disseminate knowledge to medical/vet clinical and research trainees or fellows who wish to learn from leading scientists about the progress in Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases.

    Apply at: http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/images/NewDirectory/Events/Annual_Conference/2015/2015_LDAColumbia_Scholarship_Application_20_Final_.pdf

  • UNICO Scholarships

    UNICO is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States.  UNICO Foundation, INC. offers two scholarship opportunities for students of Italian descent, specifically the John Basilone Graduation Scholarship and the Dr. Benjamin Cottone Memorial Scholarship.  Dr. Cottone, a past National President of UNICO National, was a member of the Scranton, PA chapter.  The guidelines and applications are typically provided to the Financial Aid Office annually.  This information is emailed to the student body each year. Inquiries and completed applications should be forwarded to:

    Melanie Naro
    305 E. Drinker St.
    Dunmore, PA 18512

  • The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society

    For more than 60 years, The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society has proudly served as the 501(c) (3) philanthropic affiliate of the PA Medical Society.  The mission of The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society provides programs and services for individual physicians and others that improve the well-being of Pennsylvanians and sustain the future of medicine.  The Foundation offers numerous scholarships for Pennsylvania residents who attend a PA medical school.

    Website: http://www.foundationpamedsoc.org/SFS/Scholarships.aspx

  • The Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

    These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. 

    Website: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/nickens-student/

  • Wellcentive Medical Scholarship for Veterans

    This annual scholarship will be awarded to one achievement-focused student intending to pursue a career in medicine. Wellcentive stands in support of our armed forces who valiantly serve and protect our interests and citizens around the world, and especially those who wish to contribute to the field of Medicine. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one veteran pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree.

    To qualify for the Medical Scholarship for veterans, you must be either an active or retired member of the military in any branch. Additionally, you must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited medical school.

    Applications are due no later than March 15th. The winner will be announced March 31st.

    Click here for additional information and application: http://www.wellcentive.com/medical-scholarship-for-veterans/