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 because the School of Medicine Dean’s Office is matching scholarship gifts 1:1 through September 30, 2018, for these categories:

1) School of Medicine alumni* gifts to any sponsored (non-endowed) medical scholarship, including UAMAA sponsored scholarships
2) All donor gifts to any minority (under-represented in medicine) medical scholarship
*School of Medicine alumni include all medical student graduates, joint health sciences graduates, and all former medical interns, residents, and fellows.


To Give Online
School of Medicine General Scholarship Fund
School of Medicine Minority Medical Scholarship Fund
Primary Care Medical Student Scholarship
T. Michael Harrington, M.D., Endowed Medical Scholarship Initiative
Medical Alumni Association/Dean of Medicine Scholarship Fund
Other School of Medicine scholarship giving opportunities

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