The School of Medicine’s need-based scholarship application will be open from June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and all students need to reapply each year. Incoming students should only apply after they accept their admissions offer.
Scholarship eligibility is evaluated based on parent tax information, which is why you must include parent data on the FAFSA. See below for exceptions. Since students do not work while in medical school, if SOM Financial Aid only reviewed student information, everyone would be eligible for a scholarship. We use parent data to determine eligibility and to distribute the need-based scholarship funds in the most equitable manner.
SOM Financial Aid realizes all medical students are considered independent for federal loans (Unsubsidized Stafford and Graduate Plus). Adding your parent data will not count as a resource for determining federal loan eligibility.
For the 2020-21 academic year, approximately 360 students received a SOM scholarship. The exact amounts are subject to change each year, but listed below is approximately how much qualified students can expect to receive in scholarship funds:
- MS1: $12,000
- MS2: $14,000
- MS3: $16,000
- MS4: $16,000
Below is a list of exceptions that would result in you receiving a smaller scholarship amount if you qualify for a SOM scholarship:
- If you are a Washington student receiving a grant, your grant will be included in your scholarship total.
- If you rejected all of your loans, your scholarship may be reduced.
- If you are only attending 1-2 quarters of the academic year, your scholarship may be reduced.
- June 1, 2021: Scholarship application opens
- June 30, 2021: Scholarship application closes
- July – September: Application review by SOM Financial Aid
- October 1, 2021: All students are notified whether they qualified for a scholarship
For incoming students admitted after June 1, see below.
Please complete both steps. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a SOM scholarship.
- Include parent information on the 2021-22 FAFSA
- If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you can go back and add parent information at any time on the FAFSA website. Parent information must be added to your FAFSA before June 30.
- Submit the two-part scholarship application through Academic Works by June 30
- Part 1: General Application
- Part 2: SOM Scholarship Detailed Application
UPDATE for 2021-22 academic year:
- SOM Financial Aid is no longer requiring all students to submit copies of their parents’ tax returns. However, we may need to request specific tax documents in certain situations. If we need tax documents from you, we will email your UW email address from email@example.com between July – September. If you do not submit the requested tax documents, your application will be considered incomplete.
- Students no longer need to submit a bio-sketch. The scholarship application has been revised to include optional short answer questions instead.
There are a handful of scholarships selected by an Admissions Committee and not SOM Financial Aid. These scholarships are awarded to incoming students for all four years of medical school. All incoming students are considered if they have provided parent information on their FAFSA, no additional information is required. The Admissions Committee will notify selected students in the Spring of each year.
If you are selected for an Admissions Scholarship, you still need to complete the SOM scholarship application each year. Scholarships awarded in conjunction with Admissions may be different amounts than SOM scholarships listed above.
- Admitted before June 1: Your application is due June 30.
- Admitted after June 1: You will still have one month to submit your scholarship application. Your scholarship application will be due one month after you receive access to your UW Net ID. If you cannot access the application after you have access to your UW Net ID, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If any of the situations below apply to you, you do not need to add parent information to the FAFSA. There is a question on the scholarship application for you to indicate which situation applies to you. You do not need to submit an appeal.
- Both of your parents are deceased
- You were emancipated from your parents at a young age
- You were in foster care or a ward of the court
Students may submit an appeal each year to exclude parent tax information from their scholarship application. If you submit an appeal, you still must include your parent information on the FAFSA. Appeals will not be considered if you do not include parent information on your FAFSA.
Below is a list of situations for which you can appeal to exclude parent tax information:
- An appeal was approved in a prior year and your financial situation is unchanged
- Parent tax information has changed significantly since 2019, including changes due to COVID-19
- Parent marital status has changed since 2019
- You are over 30 years old and have supported yourself independently for at least six years
- You are married and/or have children and have supported yourself independently for at least six years
If your appeal was approved in a prior year, you must re-submit an appeal for the 2021-22 academic year indicating your financial situation has not changed.
I qualified for a scholarship, what happens next?
Scholarship funds will be assigned to Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. The scholarship will be added under “Resources” on your financial aid page on MyUW.
All funds, including loans and scholarships, are processed through your student aid account on MyUW. Tuition and fees are always covered first and any remaining funds are sent to you via direct deposit as a lump sum. If scholarship funds are used to repay loans within the quarter it is disbursed, it is as if you never received that loan amount. You will not be charged interest or origination fees.
Certain scholarships require thank-you notes to be sent to the donor. The UW Advancement Office will contact students needing to write thank you notes after October 1. Students need to send these to their donors as soon as possible after receiving the information from UW Advancement.
SOM Scholarship FAQs
Until we review your parent information on the FAFSA, it is not possible to determine your eligibility.
Your financial aid award cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance. If your budget is fully met by loans, SOM Financial Aid will reduce the highest interest loan first.
Medical students are considered independent for federal loans (Unsubsidized Stafford and Graduate Plus). However, for scholarship eligibility, we use your parents’ tax information to distribute our need-based scholarship funds in the most equitable way. If we only considered student information, all students would be eligible for a scholarship due to not working while in medical school.
No. Your eligibility for federal loans (Unsubsidized Stafford and Graduate Plus) is only based on your information.
You will receive two confirmation emails – one for successfully completing a General Application and one for successfully completing a SOM Scholarship Detailed Application. These emails are sent from Academic Works – our scholarship application system.
If you are a Washington student receiving a grant, we include the grant in your scholarship total. Below is the breakdown for the 2020-21 academic year:
|Rank||Grant Amount||SOM Scholarship Amount||Total Funds Received|
Most students who qualified for a grant in 2020-21 received $4,500. You could have received less if you attended fewer than 3 quarters or fell below 12 credits in a quarter. If you received less than $4,500 in grants, you would have received a higher scholarship to equal the total funds received.
If you receive an outside scholarship, instruct the organization to include your name and student ID number in the memo line of the check.
Checks should be sent to:
University of Washington School of Medicine
Attn: SOM Financial Aid
1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB T-557
Seattle, WA 98195-7430
Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities:
2021 UW Alumni Association (UWAA) Homecoming Scholars
- Applications due August 17
- Amount: $2,000 each for 6 students
- Will be UW sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall of 2021.
- Can articulate the impact of a transformational educational experience while enrolled at the UW.
- Are a positive representative of the University
- Demonstrate a commitment to community.
- For more details and the application link, go to this website
White Coat Investor Medical School Scholarship
- Applications open June 1 – August 31, 2021
- Scholarship is split between 10 students, total fund amount for 2021 is still to be determined
- In 2020, scholarship recipients received ~$7,000
- Enrolled full-time for 2021-22 academic year in good academic standing
- Submit 800-1200 word essay on one of two topics. Visit their webpage for more information.
- For more information, visit this webpage
- Due Date: March 31, 2022
- Amount: $4,000
- Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program
- U.S. citizen
- Must be in good academic standing and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- For more information and to apply, visit this webpage
- Medicine and the Military, Medical School Scholarships (HPSP)
- The American Medical Association (AMA) Underrepresented in Medicine Award (formerly the Minority Scholars Award)
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships
- Committee on Minority Faculty Advancement (CMFA) Endowed Diversity Scholarship
- GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program
- Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
- National Health Service Corps
- The Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) Minority Diverse Constituencies Scholarships