Grants and scholarships
The financial aid office administers several grant and scholarship programs. Additional funds of this type may be available from private sources such as businesses, community groups, medical societies, churches, hospitals, etc. For prospective students, it is a good idea to request information from each school to which you are applying — they should have sources of funds outside of their own institutions. You may want to check with organizations where you live or where you grew up to find other potential funding. There are Web sites that offer database searches, many of which are free. In addition, we routinely send email notices to our students during the academic year regarding upcoming scholarship opportunities.
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Grants and Scholarships: The Schools of Health at UC Davis offer grants and scholarships to a number of their students. Information collected through the admissions application and from the FAFSA is used to award funds. There is no separate application process, and all students are considered for these funds. Some awards are based solely on academic criteria; others are based on academic and financial-need criteria. NOTE: An applicant's scholarship offers from other institutions will not influence our merit or need-based scholarship decisions. We will not attempt to match scholarship offers from other institutions.
University of California Restricted Endowment Funds: Current M.D. students and applicants who have been offered admission may qualify for one or more of our restricted endowment funds. Please self-identify via email to the financial aid office (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will follow up with you for additional information later in the academic year.
Lists of Scholarships and Outside Resources: We have a publication entitled "Monies For Medicine" which is available to our current medical students and M.D. applicants who have been offered admission. We have a similar list available for our nurse practitioner and physician assistant students; click HERE to view.
On Your Own: There are a variety of ways to obtain scholarship information on your own. One way is to check the reference section of college libraries. Typically a library will have scholarship reference books that describe potential scholarship sources. Another way to find scholarships is to check with organizations in the area in which you live or grew up: medical societies, hospitals, hospital foundations, churches, clubs, veteran's organizations, etc. This is a good way to locate funds which might not be on anyone's list and are limited as to whom can apply.
The Internet: There are several online searchable scholarship databases. One example is collegeboard.com.