University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine



Scholarship Opportunities


Scholarships: Providing Financial Assistance to Future Physicians

These internal and external scholarships are offered in a number of categories, including diversity, specific program areas, service learning, honors, financial need, and more.

We encourage you to review the offerings and find the options that best fit your personal needs. We are here to assist you with reaching your full potential while achieving your educational goals.

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Buckner via email or call (951) 827-7343.

UC Riverside School of Medicine Scholarships

Mission Award Scholarship

The UC Riverside School of Medicine has launched the Mission Award Scholarship which provides an additional incentive for students who receive their medical degree from UCR School of Medicine to remain in Inland Southern California and practice medicine. It is anticipated that at least six students awardees–will receive a scholarship to cover all required university fees not covered by other need-based financial aid sources for all four years of medical school. UC Riverside School of Medicine Mission Award Scholarship will be awarded solely to students with a commitment to practice medicine in Inland Southern California (i.e. Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties) for a period of five years following residency training – awardees must practice medicine in one of the following disciplines - pediatrics, family medicine, general internal medicine, OB-GYN, general surgery or psychiatry.

Kaiser Permanente MERIT Program

In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the UCR School of Medicine has been given the opportunity to select eight medical student awardees to receive up to $45,000 from the Kaiser Permanente Merit Program. Each selected student will receive $20,000 per year for two years to offset student tuition and educational expenses. This scholarship will also provide an optional $5000 for an approved summer project that serves to benefit our community.

First 5 Riverside Medical Student Service Award Scholarship Program

First 5 Riverside (F5R) has launched a service award program that provides an additional incentive for students who have a commitment to practice primary care pediatrics in Riverside County. Each student awardee – one each year during the four-year program funding period – will receive a scholarship (up to $35,667 annually) to cover all required university fees not covered by other need-based financial aid sources for all four years of medical school. Students who complete five years of general pediatric practice in Riverside County will have completed their service commitment.

Berger Foundation Mission Scholarship

The Berger Foundation has launched a service award program that provides an additional incentive for students who have a commitment to practice medicine in Coachella Valley. One student awardee – will receive a scholarship (up to $35,667 annually) to cover all required university fees not covered by other need-based financial aid sources for all four years of medical school. Students who practice medicine in Coachella Valley for five years will have completed their service commitment.

2014-2015 Professional Fee Offset Grant

We are pleased to announce that we have a limited number of need-based Professional School Fee Offset Grants to assist medical students in paying for the annual Professional School Student Fee. Eligibility for these grants is based upon student and parent income/asset information.

External Scholarships

2015 AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award

Application deadline: March 6, 2015
These $10,000 Minority Scholarship Awards recognize current first- and second-year medical students from historically underrepresented groups in the medical profession. The scholarship rewards commitment to the elimination of health care disparities, outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities, and community involvement. Award recipients will attend the 2015 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting and a leadership training seminar. Each medical school may nominate two students for each for the general Minority Scholars Award category.

Dr. Richard Allen Williams and Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

Application deadline: March 6, 2015
This $5,000 scholarship is awarded as a part of the Minority Scholars Awards program. This annual scholarship provides tuition support to a first- or second-year African American medical student with an expressed interest in cardiology. Each school may nominate one student for this scholarship category using the same application as the Minority Scholars Award.

2015 AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award

Application deadline: January 19, 2015
Leadership Awards are presented to medical students, residents, fellows, and early career physicians to recognize their strong, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, and/or education. Award recipients will attend the 2015 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting and a leadership training seminar.

2015 AMA Foundation Seed Grant Research Award

Application deadline: January 19, 2015
Seed grants provides $2,500 - $5,000 support to medical students, residents, and fellows conducting year-long research projects. Grants will be awarded to support research in the areas of cardiopulmonary diseases, neoplastic diseases, and pancreatic cancer.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

School Information

School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-7353
E-mail: medadmissions@ucr.edu

General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568
E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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