External Scholarship: Health Legacy of Cleveland Medical/Dental Student Scholarship

Health Legacy of Cleveland Board of Directors has continued to raise and donate funds over the past 27 years, to bridge the gap of health care disparities for minorities in Cleveland. Its mission to increase the pool of African-American dentists and physicians in northeast Ohio has been elevated as vulnerable populations of people become more susceptible to widespread disease caused by the current pandemic.

Health care disparities result because health/medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and obesity are still problematic as generations encounter mortalities because of the lack of access to early detection and treatment. The organization's vision to eliminate these healthcare disparities by partnering with the Cleveland Community must now include a cultural competency plan for recovering from the pandemic. Social determinants of health are emerging as risk factors which have a more severe effect on African-Americans.

Health Legacy will continue providing scholarship awards to deserving minority students that are willing to work hard to secure their medical degrees. The requirements also stipulate that these individuals must have a desire to return to practice in Cleveland.

Currently available is a scholarship award for students that meet the aforementioned qualifications. It is a competitive process and the number of awards depends on the number of applicants.

Previous awardees and applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

The application process for the Health Legacy of Cleveland Medical/Dental School Scholarship is NOW open and the deadline is April 15, 2022.


  • African-American students (under represented minorities)
  • Have graduated from a Greater Cleveland, Ohio (northeast Ohio) area high school
  • Show proof of acceptance and enrollment in an HBCU or Cleveland area accredited medical or dental school (Case, Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, NEOMED)
  • Submit a completed online application explaining the importance of the scholarship and what it would mean to the student
  • Demonstrate a commitment to return to practice in the Greater Cleveland area
  • Demonstrate that the student requires financial assistance to pursue higher education


The completed online application must be submitted by April 15. Awards will be announced via email no later than August. Award checks will be sent directly to the medical or dental school to be applied to the student’s account to reduce their debt.

How to apply: Submit a completed application online by April 15. Other requirements:

  • Online application including the recommendations and signed agreement expressing intent to return to the Greater Cleveland area to practice dentistry or medicine.
  • Online letters of recommendation from individuals other than family members or personal friends.
  • Online transcript or a sealed, certified copy of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts mailed to Health Legacy.
  • Online letter from the financial aid office verifying financial need.
  • Answers to the essay questions explaining what this scholarship would mean to the student and why he or she would return to the Cleveland area to practice.

If you have any questions, contact Cordelia Harris at 216-527-8964 (mobile) or cordie350@gmail.com.

Submitted by Sarah Moore, smoore@neomed.edu.

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