Scholarships for Healthcare Students

Considering a career in allied health? With the growth that the healthcare field is experiencing, there is a high likelihood of new jobs opening up in the future, specifically opportunities for allied health support careers such as physical therapists, nutritionists, massage therapists, pharmacy technicians, medical and dental assistants, healthcare administrators, and much more. Luckily, there are a number of healthcare scholarships available to help future allied health professionals fund their educations. Students may also qualify for financial aid, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

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Keep reading to find our list of 21 stand-out healthcare scholarships that may be perfect for you. You’ll get a good idea of what types of financial awards are available, how much they offer and where to find more information.

21 Great Healthcare Scholarships

You can find many healthcare scholarships through associations, non-profits and corporations, and there are a lot specifically dedicated to single parents, veterans, military members, and minority students. You may have the option to apply for general healthcare scholarships as well as scholarships that are related to the field or specialization you intend to enter.

As you read over these scholarships, be sure to note the deadlines and get a jumpstart on applying. With a bit of research and effort, you may be able to lower the cost of your healthcare education.

 TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

Overview: This program offers scholarships to healthcare students who are enrolled in degree programs that will allow them to actively treat patients.

Key criteria: Applicants must be residents of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or D.C. They must be enrolled at an accredited school and have completed at least one year of undergraduate study.

Award information: 10 $5,000 and 10 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

How to apply: Applications open May 1 online with a deadline of June 28. Applicants are evaluated by their college GPA, academic records, community involvement, and essay.

Gates Millennium Scholars

Overview: This $1.6 billion initiative seeks to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with substantial financial need who are studying science, public health and several other disciplines.

Key criteria: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident. Eligible ethnicities include African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander, and Hispanic American.

Award information: Varies based on financial need and is determined by the cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for the academic year.

How to apply: A student application, a nominator form and a recommender form are required.

Truman Scholarships

Overview: Students compete for these prestigious scholarships during their junior year of undergraduate school. Winning scholars receive funding to pursue graduate study in a variety of public service fields, including healthcare.

Key criteria: Candidates must be U.S. citizens and be committed to working in public service. They also must have extensive involvement in student government or community service, demonstrate leadership potential and desire to become “change agents.”

Award information: Up to $30,000.

How to apply: All candidates must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. Use the Faculty Rep Locator to find the representative at your school and learn about your institution’s requirements for nomination.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Overview: A number of scholarships are available through the National Merit Scholarship Program, which features an academic competition for high school students based on the Preliminary SAT/National Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Key criteria: To enter the competition, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT, be enrolled as a high school student with plans to graduate and enroll in college, and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident with the intent to become a U.S. citizen.

Award information: $2,500.

How to apply: Students are initially screened through the PSAT/NMST test and selected based on their scores.

Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program

Overview: The IHS awards scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to prepare health professionals to serve in Indian health programs.

Key criteria: Recipients must be enrolled in courses for an eligible health profession degree and be descendants or members of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated tribes.

Award information: Tuition and fees covered, plus a monthly stipend.

How to apply: Applications are due April 13. Apply online and mail supporting documents to:

Indian Health Service
Scholarship Program
Attn: Application — Supporting Documentation
5600 Fishers Lane
Mail Stop: OHR (11E53A)
Rockville, MD 20857

Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund

Overview: Named after the founder of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), this fund supports medical assisting students.

Key criteria: Current students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must have completed one quarter or one semester at a college-level medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Award information: $1,000 and a one-year membership in the AAMA.

How to apply: Students must ask a program director of a medical assisting program for an application. The deadline is February 15.

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Scholarship

Overview: The AMTA is providing a scholarship for one massage therapy student.

Key criteria: Students enrolled or admitted to a 500-hour minimum entry-level massage therapy program are eligible to apply.

Award information: $5,000.

How to apply: Complete an application online and explain why you want to be a massage therapist.

Institute of Oral Health (IOH) Scholarship Program

Overview: The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) offers financial assistance to dental hygiene students each year through a number of associate and baccalaureate scholarships.

Key criteria: Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited dental hygiene program in the U.S. and have completed (or are in the process of completing) a minimum of one year in a dental hygiene curriculum. They must also be a member of the ADHA.

Award information: $1,000 to $2,000.

How to apply: Applications become available in October with a final deadline of February 1.

Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship

Overview: The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) offers a scholarship to two students who are in financial need.

Key criteria: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and students who have been accepted to or are enrolled in an accredited school of occupational or physical therapy.

Award information: $2,000.

How to apply: Email a completed scholarship application form to by the February 15 deadline.

American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACPME) Scholarship Fund Program

Overview: The ACPME awards a number of scholarships to students enrolled in degree programs in public health, healthcare administration and other related areas.

Key criteria: Students who are enrolled in a degree program for the coming academic year are eligible to apply.

Award information: $2,500 to $5,000.

How to apply: Complete the application online by May 5.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation Merit Scholarships

Overview: The AHIMA offers scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to health information.

Key criteria: Applicants must be a member of AHIMA, be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours for the program, have completed 24 credits for the degree, have at least six credit hours remaining after the award date, and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Award information: $1,000 to $2,500.

How to apply: Submit a completed online application by September 30.

American Medical Technologists (AMTIE) Scholarships & Awards

Overview: The AMTIE awards scholarships each year to a student in need who is enrolled in a course of study related to a discipline certified by the AMTIE, such as a medical technologist, medical laboratory technician, phlebotomy technician, medical assistant, or dental assistant.

Key criteria: The applicant must be a graduate of or a senior at an accredited high school (or have a GED) and be enrolled in an accredited school.

Award information: Five $500 scholarships are awarded annually.

How to apply: Complete an application and submit official school transcripts, two letters of reference, a typed statement stating why you have chosen this career, and a W-2 tax form. The application deadline is April 1.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarships

Overview: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation provides scholarships to eligible students at various levels of study.

Key criteria: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs for a minimum of four months:

  • A baccalaureate program in dietetics, in which you must be in your junior or senior year; or
  • A dietetic technician program, in which you must be your second year of study.

A scholarship may also require membership in a specific practice group or residency in a certain state. A scholarship may focus on underrepresented groups.

Award information: Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000.

How to apply: Complete an application online by April 23.

Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

Overview: This American Physical Therapy Association scholarship honors students who are in their last year of an accredited physical therapy program. The award is given to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and the potential to make an impact on the field.

Key criteria: Students must be nominated by physical therapist professional education programs and physical therapy assistant education programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Student nominees are required to be in their final year of study.

Award information: $3,000 will be awarded to a physical therapist assistant education student and $5,000 will be awarded to a physical therapy professional education student.

How to apply: Faculty must submit nominations online by December 1.

Minority Scholarship Award

Overview: This annual American Physical Therapy Association award is offered to minority physical therapy students in their final year of an accredited program. Students must demonstrate high scholastic achievement and the potential for excellence as a physical therapist.

Key criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. In addition, the applicant must be African American/Black, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Hispanic/Latino.

Award information: One award will be granted to a minority physical therapy student and another will be granted to a minority physical therapy assistant student.

How to apply: The nominator is responsible for acquiring and submitting an application, personal essay, reference forms, and official transcripts online by December 1.

Steven Cutter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate

Overview: Through the Foundation for Seacoast Health, a scholarship is available to an undergraduate student in a health-related field of study. The award is given based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Key criteria: Residents in the following towns are eligible to apply: Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, Newington, and North Hampton (in New Hampshire) as well as Kittery, Elliot and York (in Maine).

Award information: Up to $5,000.

How to apply: Complete and postmark an application no later than April 1.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) Graduate Scholarship

Overview: Scholarships are available through the ASHFoundation, an organization representing speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Key criteria: The applicant must be enrolled in, or accepted into, a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders full-time for the entire academic year. In addition, the applicant must submit official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

Award information: $5,000.

How to apply: Complete the online Student Information Form and upload the required application materials.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

Overview: In honor of the first African American Fellow of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), this annual scholarship provides financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs.

Key criteria: Applicants must be minority students enrolled in their final year of full-time study in a healthcare management program, such as a Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Award information: $5,000.

How to apply: Complete the online application by March 31 and include a resume, transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, and essay.

Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship

Overview: The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) offers another annual scholarship to provide financial aid to students in healthcare management graduate programs, such as an MHA, MPH or MBA.

Key criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in their final year of full-time study in healthcare management. They must be U.S. or Canadian citizens and demonstrate financial need.

Award information: $5,000.

How to apply: Complete the online application by March 31 and include a resume, transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, and essay.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation Scholarships

Overview: ASRT helps entry-level students get the financial support they need.

Key criteria: ASRT members who have completed at least one full term of radiologic science courses are eligible to apply. Applicants must attend a college, university or medical institution that is accredited in the U.S., and they must also be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or U.S. permanent resident.

Award information: Varying amounts.

How to apply: Complete an online application which includes information about your education, employment, resume, and financial data.

Larry Nesmith Pharmacy Technician Education Scholarship Award Program

Overview: This program promotes formal education and training for pharmacy technicians.

Key criteria: The applicant must be a member of the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT), be enrolled in an accredited pharmacy technician program, completed a minimum of 12-credit hours toward the diploma or degree, and have an overall GPA of “C” or higher.

Award information: $250.

How to apply: Complete an application and submit a personal narrative, transcript, and sealed letter of recommendation. Mail these documents no later than June 30 to:

AAPT Larry Nesmith Pharmacy Technician Scholarship Award
P.O. Box 391043
Omaha, NE 68139

Don’t Forget to Consider Federal Financial Aid for Healthcare Students

Though you already know it’s wise to research a variety of scholarship opportunities, don’t stop there. The federal government offers aid to current and prospective students on an annual basis through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines a student’s eligibility for college grants, work-study and loans. Be sure to check out the Federal Student Aid website as well to learn how to qualify for financial aid and manage loans. To ensure you don’t miss out on any financial aid, make sure you understand the deadlines and application process for the FAFSA by visiting their website.


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