Financial Literacy

School of Medicine Scholarships


The School of Medicine offers a variety of scholarships to both new and current students.

Scholarships for Incoming Students

Scholarships available for incoming Year I students are packaged in awards of $10,000 and are renewable for the second year in the program as long as the student meets the renewal criteria.

Students interested in scholarships from the School of Medicine must indicate that interest on their supplemental application for admission to the UMKC School of Medicine.  Students interested in scholarships from the School of Medicine must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1 of the year in which they apply to the program.

Scholarships offered by the School of Medicine to incoming students are awarded based on an evaluation of both merit and need.  Because admission to the six-year combined degree program is competitive and merit is an essential component to the overall selection process, financial need is a greater factor in determining scholarship recipients.  Students who do not complete a FAFSA or students who do not demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA will not be considered for scholarships.

For additional information about School of Medicine scholarships, please contact:

UMKC School of Medicine
Council on Selection
M1-103
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO  64108-2792
816-235-1870

Students may be eligible for additional scholarship aid offered by organizations external to UMKC and the School of Medicine.  Community organizations, high school organizations, employers, corporations, and other scholarship sources provide scholarship opportunities for students. Students are encouraged to apply for such scholarships in order to decrease the overall cost of medical school.

Scholarships available for awarding to incoming Year 1 medical students

  • Cena Accurso Matching Scholarship
  • Grace Hoelzel Albano, M.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Ida Bamberger Memorial Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and the potential for research productivity.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City/Herman and Dorothy Johnson Memorial Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Bradley Bradshaw, M.D., J.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Bryan Ross Bolden Scholarship:  Recipient must be a first-year student, and awarding should be based on academic achievement and financial need.
  • Class of 1979 Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must be a Missouri resident and demonstrate financial need.
  • Class of 1980, 1985, 1986, and 1991 Scholarships
  • Victor E. Dominguez, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.  Preference shall be given to students from Southwest Missouri.
  • Russell and Fannie Flake Scholarship
  • Founders Scholarship:  Recipients must be School of Medicine students in Years 1 and/or 2.  Scholarship funds must be distributed evenly between two students in the first or second year of medical school, and recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.  Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students.
  • Founding Classes Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and qualify in the high need category as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Edward and Victoria Harris Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
  • Gurpreet S. Padda, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic excellence, significant financial need, and be a Missouri resident.
  • Drs. Beaty and Deloras Pemberton Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must be  African American, Native American or Hispanic and must be a Missouri resident.
  • Drs. Beaty and Deloras Pemberton Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Roche Laboratories/Charles Wilkinson Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Rosenthal Family Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • School of Medicine General Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bharat Shah Academic Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bharat Shah Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Clara Shumway Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
  • St. Louis Friends Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need, and must be from the Greater St. Louis area.
  • Michael L. Weaver, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Western Missouri Friends Scholarship:  Recipient must be from the geographic area defining the Western Missouri Friends organization.
  • Stephen Wiles, M.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.

Scholarships for Students in Years 2-6

Students in Years 2-6 of the program must apply for School of Medicine scholarships.  Scholarships that require the consideration of financial need will require the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the student.  Students in Years 2-6 are also made aware through the Student Affairs weekly announcements of scholarships offered by external organizations, and students are encouraged to apply for those scholarships.

The scholarships available for awarding to medical students in Years 2-6 are:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City Scholarship ($5000):  Recipient must be a Year 6 student who demonstrates financial need, a strong interest in Family medicine and intends to enter a Family Medicine Residency.  The recipient must also intend to practice Family Medicine in the Kansas City area.
  • Pat D. Do, M.D. Matching Scholarship in Orthopaedics ($500):  Recipients must demonstrate an interest in orthopaedic surgery.
  • Richard T. Garcia Memorial Award ($400):  Recipient has completed Year 1 and has been promoted to Year 2.  Recipient will be selected by his/her classmates.  Selection is based upon compassion, concern, and academic excellence.
  • Drs. Dee Anna and David Glaser Scholarship ($400)
  • Marilyn McGuire Tournament Scholarship (Amount varies)
  • Richardson K. Noback Founders Award for Clinical Excellence ($1000):  Recipient must be completing year 5 and/or 6, and must best exemplify those leadership characteristics of the founders and demonstrate an outstanding combination of abilities and commitment to the service of others.
  • Shaffer Award for Community Service ($750):  Recipient shall be a student who, in addition to scholarly excellence, demonstrates leadership through contributing his/her time and talents to community service.
  • Ratilal S Shah Medical Scholarship Fund ($500):  Recipient should be an ophthalmology student.  Recipient should also demonstrate financial need.
  • Dwight David Stanford, M.D. Scholarship ($1000)
  • C. L. Tung M.D. – E. Grey Dimond, M.D. Matching Scholarship ($1000):  Recipient must demonstrate significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Recipient must also demonstrate an interest in cardiology and/or cardiac research.

Senior Awards

A number of awards have been designated for graduating students.  Students in Year 6 who will be graduating do not need to apply for these awards, as all graduating students who meet the qualifications will be considered by the Senior Awards Committee or the appropriate academic department.

  • Laura L. Backus, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatrics:  Recipient will be a  graduating senior who will enter a residency program in pediatrics and demonstrates commitment to excellence in patient care.
  • Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D. and Bette W. Hamilton Memorial Awards for Excellence Endowment:  Recipients will demonstrate excellence in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
  • Lee Langley Award for Academic Excellence:  Recipient will have the highest academic record based on GPA , scores on Part I and II of the National Boards, membership in AOA, and clinical evaluations, with additional consideration given for athletic ability.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Medical Education
  • St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Award for Research
  • St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Basic Science Award
  • Western Missouri Friends of UMKC Harry S. Jonas, M.D. Award
  • MKC School of Medicine Alumni Award Association Outstanding Senior Partner:  Students must be nominated by peers in the School of Medicine.

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