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Students may wish to search and apply for graduate or health profession student scholarships to help pay for school either through institutional and/or external scholarships. Institutional scholarships are available through the school. External scholarships are available from resources outside the school. It is important to be aware of deadlines, application requirements, terms/conditions and renewal criteria. We encourage students to avoid applying for scholarships that are fee-based.

Students who are awarded external scholarships must provide written documentation indicating additional resources to be received to avoid an over award or overpayment using a Scholarship Reporting Form. This should be done as soon as the student becomes aware that he or she will receive the aid. The institution must account for all sources of aid, even if they are not processed directly through the ACHE Office of Financial Aid. Aid may need to be adjusted to ensure an over award or over payment does not occur as a result of receiving aid a student was not eligible for.

Students may access the Scholarship Reporting Form within myPortal by using the below steps:

  • Login to myPortal at acheedu.org
  • On the right-hand side of the page, click on Financial Aid
  • Click on Scholarship Reporting

Institutional Scholarships

ACHE has provided a list of institutional scholarships students may find helpful in their search to help pay for school.

ARCOM Student Stethoscope Scholarship Program (SSSP)

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE), Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, has established the ARCOM Student Stethoscope Scholarship Program (SSSP) for osteopathic medical students, subject to availability of funds. The ARCOM SSSP has two components. The first component provides each incoming, first year osteopathic medical student with an engraved stethoscope, helping to offset the student’s expenses for required equipment. Incoming, first year students do not have to apply for the SSSP engraved stethoscope.

The second component provides for individual financial scholarships for current students. The individual SSSP scholarships are subject to the availability of funds. Application deadlines, criteria, and application forms will be available to ARCOM Students when applications become available.

The ACHE Development Office is currently establishing additional student scholarships and will provide details to the students as they become available.

External Scholarships

ACHE has provided a list of external scholarships students may find helpful in their search to help pay for school.

Disclaimer: We do not in any way endorse any of the following websites or programs and provide these links solely for users’ information and convenience. We encourage users to verify the legitimacy of information and organizations cited here. Every effort is made to ensure that information is current and accurate, but please refer to individual organizations’ websites for the most current information. Information on this website is subject to change without notice.

GRADUATE MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

American Indian College Fund
Students may be eligible to apply for the Full Circle Scholarship Program administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrate financial need. Applications are accepted from students beginning in January and ending May 31 of each year.

American Indian Education Foundation
Partnership with Native Americans provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students.

American Indian Graduate Center
Students with financial need and are personally enrolled in a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Group or possess one fourth (1/4) degree verifiable federal recognized American Indian blood through the submission of a Tribally Eligibility Certificate (TEC) may apply for this scholarship. Applications and the Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) are due July 15th of each year.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) proves a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities for AISES members.

Association of American Indian Affairs
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers scholarships for graduate students.  Applications are generally accepted twice a year and the Spring applications may begin as early as October.

Cobell Scholarship
The Cobell Scholarship is available to enrolled members of a U.S. Federal-recognized Tribe.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Hispanic American students may be eligible to apply for scholarships and support services based upon their merit and relative need.  Applications are generally accepted from January to April.

United Negro College Fund
Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships through the United Nego College Fund (UNCF).

William Paxton Cary Scholarship
African American students who are dedicated to civic service by studying law, medicine, or political science with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be eligible to apply for this.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPECIFIC MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

AOTA E. K. Wise Scholarship
This scholarship supports female students pursuing an occupational therapy degree.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE SPECIFIC MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

ACG Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity Committee’s Summer Scholars Program
Students from underrepresented groups may be eligible to apply for this summer fellowship to increase mentorship and research in gastroenterology. The application deadline is March 15.

American Association of University Women
Women in ethnic minorities in their third and fourth year may apply for fellowships.

American Medical Women’s Association
Members of the American Medical Women’s Association may be eligible to apply for fellowships, grants and scholarships.

Dr. Rose M. Green Thomas Academic Medicine Scholarship Award
First and second year minority female students who pledges a medical career in American Medicine may apply for this scholarship.  Submission deadline is May 30 of each year.

National Medical Fellowship Scholarship
Medical and health professions students across all minority groups represented in healthcare can apply for scholarships and support.

Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship
Under-represented minority students who are or will be attending a member college of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine may apply for this scholarship. The scholarship is named after former AACOM Executive Director, Sherry R. Arnstein. Application deadline is generally March 31.

William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship
Open to OMS II, III and IV minority students who are leaders in addressing the societal and health needs of minorities. Self-nominations accepted. Application deadline is generally May 1st.

Women in Medicine Scholarship
An osteopathic medical female student that is a member of SOMA may receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the National Association of Osteopathic Foundation (NAOF). This scholarship application generally has a Fall deadline.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIFIC MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

National Association of Black Physical Therapy Student Scholarship

Open to PT/PTA students to assist with housing costs for clinical rotations.  Applicants must submit a video or written essay.  Application deadline is usually in November.

AAMC Database

AAMC provides resources for loan repayment, forgiveness, scholarship and other programs designated by state

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Students may be eligible to receive a scholarship and free membership from the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

  • Golden Ticket Scholarship
    Open to any OMS II, III or IV in the top 25% of their class with demonstrated financial need.  Nominations must come directly from a COM/SOM Dean or designee. Deadline to apply is generally May 1st.
  • AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Scholarship
    Open to any OMS II, III and IV’s who are members of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association that is committed to the principles of osteopathic medicine and making strides to become a top student leader.  Self-nominations not accepted. Deadline to apply is generally May 1st.
  • Karen J. Nichols, DO Lead Scholar Award
    Open to OMS II and IV’s in good academic standing with a strong commitment to the profession, demonstrated leadership and noteworthy achievements.  Self-nominations accepted. Deadline to apply is generally May 1st.

Christian Medical and Dental Associations
Students and resident members who wish to spend time overseas as a rotation elective may apply for mission scholarships.

Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation
Second year osteopathic medical students may apply for a $10,000 Tuition Scholarship for their third year of medical school. The scholarships are automatically renewed for their fourth year as long as the recipients remain in good standing. The application opens up November 1 and submission deadline is generally February 1st of each year.

Frank & Louise Groff Foundation

Available for those in pursuit of becoming a medical doctor. Recipient are chosen based upon financial need, high school records, recommendations, and sincere interest in programs in leading to certification as a Medical Doctor (MD/DO). Satisfactory progress must be maintained for this scholarship. Completed applications generally must be submitted by April 1st.

Maine Osteopathic Association Scholarships

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded to students attending accredited AOA approved colleges of osteopathic medicine who are Maine residents. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is generally June 30th of each year.

Muhlenberg Foundation Scholarships

Qualified candidates attending medical or osteopathic school may be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Military Scholarships/Programs (Service Agreements apply)
The military provides scholarships or programs available to those pursuing a health profession degree

Students who are eligible and will join the Army, Air Force and Navy may apply for this scholarship through the following branches:

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (Service Agreements apply)
Students who are committed to primary care may be eligible to apply for this scholarship that pays tuition, fees, other educational costs and a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

National Institute of Health
Students who wish to commit to engage in NIH mission-relevant research and may receive payment of up to $35,000 annually of student loan debt.

National Medical Fellowship Scholarship
Medical and health professions students across all minority groups represented in healthcare can apply for scholarships and support.

Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation
The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation offers scholarships to defray some of the cost of osteopathic medical school tuition. Students from the Northwest and likely to be returning to the northwest to practice are given preference in the application process. The application progress generally opens in March.

Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan Programs

Medical education scholarships are available to osteopathic medical students who graduated from high schools within the service area of the Ostetopathic Foundation of West Michigan and who are students in good standing at medical schools accredited by the AOA. These awards are typically $1,000 each that may be applied for each year.

Southern Medical Association (SMA) and it’s Alliance (SMAA)
The SMA and SMAA is offering the “Society of 1906 Medical Student Scholarship” and the “Society of 1924 Medical Student Scholarship” to a 3rd year medical student in need of financial aid who exhibits both academic and leadership qualities.

SOMA Foundation
Osteopathic medical students may apply for SOMA Foundation Scholarships

USA Jobs Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) Physician Scholarship (Service agreement applies)
Osteopathic/allopathic students may be eligible to apply for financial assistance to alleviate the physician shortages in VA by obligating scholarship recipients to complete a minimum of 18 months of service obligation for every year sponsored at a VA facility after graduation, licensure, and residency

Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship

Third-year medical school students entering their fourth year of medical school who are Connecticut residents may apply for this scholarship.

White Coat Investor Medical Scholarship

A for-profit business that offers medical school scholarships. It has no endowment fund, so the scholarship money is raised anew every year. Applications generally open in June.

AOTF Scholarship Program
Many
scholarships are available from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and state occupational therapy associations.  Applicants complete only one online form to apply for all qualifying scholarships. 

Military Scholarships/Programs
Students who are eligible and will join the Army, Air Force and Navy may apply for this scholarship through the following branches:

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (Service Agreements apply)
Students who are committed to primary care may be eligible to apply for this scholarship that pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

AAPT Academic Award of Excellence
Any PT student in his/her final year of training is eligible to apply for this scholarship through The American Academy of Physical Therapy.  GPA, leadership, community engagement and financial need will be considered.   

Military Scholarships/Programs
Students who are eligible and will join the Army, Air Force and Navy may apply for this scholarship through the following branches:

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (Service Agreements apply)
Students who are committed to primary care may be eligible to apply for this scholarship that pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Arkansas students attending school at ACHE are eligible to apply for two $500 scholarships the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awards to students attending at a member institution. The deadline is generally April 1st.

Arkansas Academic Challenge
The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to Arkansas residents from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education who have received this scholarship previously and have remaining eligibility available.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Students that are Arkansas residents who have a qualifying disability may be eligible to apply for assistance through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.

Citizens Bank
This Sweepstakes is open to High School Seniors, Undergrad and Graduate students as well as Parents or Sponsors of High School, Undergrad or Graduate students.  Students must plan on attending college, or be currently enrolled at least half-time in an eligible, accredited undergrad/grad post-secondary institution.

College Board
Scholarship information is provided to students based upon the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.

Educational and Training Vouchers for Former Foster Care Youth
Students who have been foster care and need help paying for college may be eligible for help paying for college through the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program through the Educational and Training Vouchers Program.

Fastweb Scholarship Search Data Base
Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships.

Fund My Future
Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships based upon their major, work, experience, and activities.

Mapping Your Future
Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships based upon their major, work, experience, and activities.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)
Students who have had a parent or spouse that was an active-duty service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 may qualify for this benefit.

Sallie Mae
Students may use this online tool to search for scholarships, find out how to apply for scholarships and information on how to write scholarship essays.  Applications are generally accepted from January to mid-February.

Scholarships.com
Graduate students may search for scholarships to different organizations and sponsorship opportunities.

State Grant Agency
Students may be eligible to apply for financial assistance through your state grant agency.

Segal Americorps Education Award
Individuals who complete approved terms of national service in the AmeriCorps program may use educational expenses or to repay qualified student loans.  The dollar amount of the education award is equal to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education Pell Grant and may change from year to year.

U.S. Department of Labor
Students may search for scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid opportunities using the online tool for the Scholarship Finder.

Woodruff Scholarship
The Arkansas Student Loan Authority provides several $1,000 scholarships each year to incoming and current college students in Arkansas.  Each year, one of the scholarships drawn will be renewable for up to 4 years.