Medical Assistant Scholarships and Grants
Finding medical assistant scholarships takes a bit of legwork, but it's worth the effort.
Scholarships put your educational goals within reach by reducing—or even eliminating—the costs. Best of all? Unless you withdraw from your program, you never have to pay back the money you receive through a scholarship.
25 Medical Assistant Scholarships
If you're already enrolled in school (or soon to be), check out this roundup of scholarship sources that can help fund your future as a medical assistant.
1. 180 Medical Scholarship Program
Designed to support students with spinal cord injuries and other serious medical conditions, this fund awards seven $1,000 scholarship each year. Applicants must be under a doctor's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy).
Applications are due on June 1.
2. Alaska Medical Assistants Society (AMAS) State Scholarship
If you are pursuing a career as a medical assistant in Alaska, AMAS is offering support to qualifying students. Each year, AMAS awards a $500 scholarship to assist with tuition costs. You must be a student at either the University of Alaska-Fairbanks or University of Alaska-Anchorage. Applicants will be asked to submit a brief essay.
Applications are due in mid-March.
3. Alice Newell Joslyn Medical Fund – San Diego
Latino students residing in San Diego County, California and enrolled in a medical assistant program can quality for this scholarship. The fund awards between $500 and $2,000 for educational expenses.
The online application requires an essay and two letters of recommendation. The judges take into account financial need and community/cultural awareness.
4. Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program – California
This scholarship promises up to $8,000 for students who are currently enrolled in a medical assistant program. You must be taking at least six units and be eligible to work in the state of California. Recipients do not need to currently reside in California, but must be willing to work in that state under a 12-month service commitment that comes as a stipulation of the scholarship.
Applications are taken from early January until early March. Since this scholarship can potentially pay for a full year of school, it is worth your time and energy to apply.
5. American Medical Technologists Outstanding Student Award
AMT is a credentialing board that administers exams for students in lab, medical, dental and health education. This award is given to students who have been nominated by their instructors and program directors. Students who receive the award typically are those who go above and beyond to learn and participate in class.
The cash award is $250 and the deadline for nominations is the first of March.
6. American Medical Technologists Scholarships
The AMT awards five scholarships of $500 per year to students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship may only be used to defray tuition costs to programs certified by the AMT.
The deadline for application is April 1 and recipients are notified by early summer.
7. American Medical Technologists Technical Writing Award
If you enjoy writing and have a special area that you'd like to explore in a research paper, submit your work to the AMT by the first of March every year to be considered for its scholarship. You will need to write a 1,000 word paper that is professionally formatted and referenced.
Your topic must be a technical topic in healthcare. The scholarship is available to students in accredited programs for:
- Dental Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Administrative Specialist
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Medical Technologist
- Phlebotomy Technician
Winners will receive cash. First place receives $200; second prize is $165; and the third-place winner receives $135.
8. American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants
If you're already enrolled in school, maintaining a high GPA, and interested in the podiatric field, you might be a strong candidate for a Zelda Walling Vicha Memorial Scholarship.
Two scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded annually.
9. Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Each year, this nonprofit professional society offers two $1,000 Scholarships of Excellence to students who have completed at least one term of study. Nominations come from your college or career school. To be considered for this prize, nominated students must submit a resume and essay.
10. Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation (CAMC)
Located in West Virginia, the CAMC Health System awards educational funding to allied health students, including those studying to become medical assistants. You will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and complete a comprehensive application binder that includes a personal essay, transcripts (copies are accepted), tax forms and letters of recommendation, among other items.
The amount of the scholarship is not disclosed and applications are taken during the month of May.
11. Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
These scholarship competitions quiz applicants about everyday information, with a goal of rewarding students who display a well-rounded base of knowledge. Academic standing is not the primary deciding factor in this competition. The process requires no essay, and new scholarships become available each month. To qualify, you must already be enrolled in a U.S. college.
12. Education Matters Scholarship
Can you make a strong case about the importance of education? Each year, one convincing applicant will be awarded $5,000 to pursue her or his own studies. Eligibility for the scholarship requires current or pending enrollment in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
13. Foundation for Seacoast Health – Maine/New Hampshire
Students residing in the Seacoast Health service area are eligible for a scholarship of up to $5,000. The Steven Cutter Award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student who displays a commitment to community service and dedication for the health field. Recipients agree to continue living in the area after earning their degree.
14. Health Professions Education Foundation - California
Will you pursue your medical assistant certification in an accredited California college or university? If you also agree to practice in a medically underserved area, you might quality for a scholarship through the Health Professions Education Foundation.
15. Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant
Iowa residents enrolled either part- or full-time in a career education programs at an Iowa community college may be eligible to receive this grant. To quality for this award (up to $1,200 for full-time students), you must also demonstrate financial need.
16. Joan G. Monson and Dean E. Monson Endowment - Nebraska
Nebraska students who have already enrolled in a technical school, or are returning to school after an absence, might be eligible for a scholarship through this endowment fund. Eligibility extends to students in both accredited on-campus and online programs.
The maximum award is $800.
17. JustHomeMedical.com Health Care Leaders Scholarship
This online purveyor of home medical supplies awards one $1,000 scholarship each year to a health care student. No essay or application form is required. To apply, just create a short video that answers this question: “What are your long and short term goals as a future health care leader?” To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a health care program in an accredited U.S. school.
18. Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund
Once you are enrolled in a program and have successfully completed one quarter or semester, discuss this funding option with your director or advisor. Your medical assistant program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and only academic program directors may apply for these scholarships. The fund requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 to students who meet its criteria for academic excellence and financial need. You will also receive a one-year membership to the American Association of Medical Assistants.
19. Medical Assistant Courses Online
Create a video or write an essay explaining why you'd like to become a medical assistant, and you could win a $2,000 scholarship to pursue your studies.
The Medical Assisting Scholarship is awarded to two students each year, and the deadlines to apply are June and December.
20. Opthalmic Assistant Certification Grant
If you love being a medical assistant and wish to specialize in opthalmology, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology awards grants to help you defer the cost of your examination fees. You have the choice of submitting either an essay or short video that addresses one of these topics: “Why I Want to Advance My Certification Level,” or “Why I Want to Become Certified.”
21. Patsy Takemoto Mind Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children
Named for the late congresswoman and champion of women's rights, this foundation offers five Education Support Awards of up to $5,000 each. The intention is to support low-income women with children.
Recipients are chosen on the basis of five factors:
- Financial need
- Personal circumstances
- Educational path
- Vocational goals
- Service-related or civic goals.
22. SDMS Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship Program
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) has scholarships available for those who wish to go further into their clinical studies and become sonographers. It awards $2,500 to students who are in a program accredited by CAAHEP.
They offer two deadlines for application, one at the end of June and the other on December 31.
23. Seattle Older Women's League (OWL)
The Florence Marie Bauer Scholarship for Women Age 40+ supports women in Seattle/King County who are striving to support themselves by gaining education and training. If you're interested in working with older patients as a medical assistant, you might be more likely to win one of these $2,000 scholarships. OWL gives special consideration to applicants with a goal to work in the field of gerontology.
24. TwinStar Credit Union – Washington State & Portland, Oregon
Are you a single working parent enrolled in at least eight credit hours per quarter? TwinStar members can apply for the Cheri Kennedy Child Daycare Scholarship Award, which pays up to $5,000 of education expenses. The credit union also offers eight annual Higher Education Scholarships of $1,000 each to members pursuing higher education.
25. Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.
This program aims to support women who have survived intimate partner abuse and are now pursuing education in order to gain work skills and support their families. Scholarship funds are focused on single mothers with young children and big financial hurdles. If you're interested in becoming a medical assistant in a care setting that advances the rights of women and girls, your application may receive special consideration.
Other Sources of Medical Assistant Scholarships
The preceding list only scratches the surface of the many scholarships available to motivated students. Don't stop now. Continue the hunt for financial assistance with this step-by-step approach to sourcing funds for your education:
1. College or Career School
You're most likely to find medical assisting scholarships close to home. Start by asking at the college or career school in which you enroll. For instance, Lake Washington Technical College in Seattle offers a range of competitive scholarships to its students in the spring and fall of each year. In Houston, students attending the city's community colleges are eligible for dozens of scholarships, from the Arab American Educational Foundation Opportunity Scholarship to the Women's Business Support Network.
2. Hospitals & Community Health Centers
The healthcare system needs skilled, caring medical assistants—and nowhere more so than in under-served areas. Check with your local hospital or clinic system to see if they offer scholarships. Many awards are tied to post-graduation service commitments.
3. State Education Agencies
Each of the 50 states has a department of education and/or a higher education agency. The availability of scholarship funds varies wildly depending on your location. Start your search with this helpful tool from the U.S. Department of Education.
4. Private Organizations & Nonprofits
Thousands of businesses, credit unions and nonprofit organizations offer scholarships to students based on a variety of criteria—from income to academics to ethnicity and beyond. Be sure to investigate local civic organizations such as the Elks, Rotary International, the Kiwanis and the Junior Chamber International. Each of these has a long history of awarding educational scholarships to deserving students.
Because every scholarship is provided by a different organization, each one has a different deadline. As you do your research, take note of the timelines and plan your applications well in advance. Even if you've missed some scholarships deadlines, keep looking. There are bound to be others with still-reachable deadlines.
Applying for Scholarships
Each scholarship has a unique set of requirements. To compete for one, you might need to write an essay. Another might ask for a short video, while still another simply requires that you fill out a form.
Bottom line? Read the entire application, fill out every question and request for information, and submit it by the deadline.
Take the Next Step
Now that you have a handle on some fresh funding sources for medical assistant training, the course is clear. Find the program that's right for you.