Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students

It is with great pleasure that we announce the application cycle for the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program is made possible by a grant from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The HRSA SDS Program aims to increase the: 1) number of graduates practicing in primary care, 2) retention of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds including underrepresented minorities (URM), and 3) number of graduates working in Medically Underserved Communities (MUCs).

To meet the HRSA SDS program goals, NEOMED has developed three specific objectives to accomplish: 1) increase enrollment of disadvantaged students, including URMs, 2) provide successful academic and social support of disadvantaged students, including URMs, and 3) graduate disadvantaged students, including URMs, who will work as primary care physicians and serve MUCs.

SDS scholarship amounts are a minimum of half of tuition and a maximum of $40,000. There is $650,000 available to award for the 2020-2021 academic year. NEOMED anticipates that 7 students from each class will be selected as a recipient of the SDS scholarship, with a total count of 28 SDS program participants.

Eligibility: The HRSA SDS program will provide scholarship dollars to College of Medicine students from a disadvantaged background who demonstrate a financial need and plan to work as primary care physicians and serve MUCs.

Deadline: Friday, Nov. 20 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Further information including eligibility criteria, recipient requirements is provided on the application. Please download and fill out the PDF. 

We highly encourage all eligible students to apply. Should you have any questions regarding the SDS Program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sarah Moore at

Office of Financial Aid – Michael, Sarah, Susan, and Jim

-Submitted by Sarah Moore

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