ScholarshipsMedical scholarships meet a critical need in ensuring the supply of highly skilled and compassionate physicians for Alabama, the region, and the world. The increasing cost of providing our best and brightest students with a top-caliber medical education means tuition can become a major burden. This debt load – averaging $180,000 for graduating medical students – not only can make the medical school years difficult, but can influence a student’s choice of the medicine he or she will practice. For instance, it can lead a young person who feels called to primary care to choose a specialty in which the pay is higher, thus contributing to the already critical shortage of primary care physicians across Alabama.

Your support of medical scholarships can directly impact the future of these promising aspiring physicians and the quality of health care throughout our region. You can help more talented students realize their dreams of a career in medicine by easing their financial worries, allowing them to focus on their studies and clinical experiences.

Your gift can change everything – not only for the students who benefit, but for their future patients, too.

Senior Vice President and Dean Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, has identified the following priority areas for scholarships:

  • Need-based scholarships to relieve student debt
  • Merit-based scholarships to reward student achievement
  • Scholarships for students wishing to pursue primary care careers (more about supporting primary care scholarships)
  • Scholarships for students at our regional campuses: Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.
  • Scholarships for under-represented minority students
  • Scholarships that recognize and reward student leaders (for example, scholarships for class presidents)

Scholarships may be endowed, meaning the funds are invested and a portion of earnings used to fund an annual award, or sponsored, meaning current-use funds are spent outright each year to support a student.

Scholarships are named according to the donor’s wishes. Some donors choose to use their own names; others choose to name their endowed scholarship in honor or memory of a loved one.

Scholarship Gift Matching

Now is a great time to make a gift to medical scholarships. The School of Medicine Dean’s Office is matching scholarship gifts 1:1 through September 30, 2018, for three categories:
1) School of Medicine alumni gifts to any School of Medicine or University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association (UAMAA) current-use (non-endowed) scholarship
2) All donor gifts to any minority (under-represented in medicine) medical scholarship
3) All School of Medicine faculty gifts to any SOM medical scholarship

To Give Online
Current-use scholarship opportunities:
The School of Medicine General Scholarship
The School of Medicine Minority Medical Scholarship
The Primary Care Medical Student Scholarship

Endowed scholarship giving opportunity ($18,775 toward $25,000 goal as of April 15, 2018): The T. Michael Harrington, M.D., Endowed Medical Scholarship Initiative

Other School of Medicine medical scholarship giving opportunities

Medical Alumni Association/Dean of Medicine Scholarship Fund

For information on how you can support medical student scholarships at UAB:

laneJessica Brooks Lane
Director of Development for Medical Scholarships and Primary Care
(205) 975-4452
jblane@uab.edu