SOM Scholarship

General Information

The School of Medicine’s need-based scholarship application will be open from June 1, 2021 – June 302021 for the 2021-22 academic yearScholarships 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. 


2021-22 Timeline

  • 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.


Application Requirements

Please complete both steps. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a SOM scholarship. 

  1. Include parent information on the 2021-22 FAFSA  
    1. 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. 
  2. Submit the two-part scholarship application through Academic Works by June 30 
    1. Part 1: General Application 
    2. 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 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 studentare considered if they have provided parent information on their FAFSA, no additional information is requiredThe 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 1Your 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 

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 FAFSAAppeals 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 2019including 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. 

To submit an appeal, complete this form and email by June 30. 


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 AttendanceIf 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 Plusis 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 
MS1  $4,500  $7,500  $12,000 
MS2  $4,500  $9,500  $14,000 
MS3  $4,500  $11,500  $16,000 
MS4  $4,500  $11,500  $16,000 

 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. 

Email We do our best to respond to all student questions within 5 business days. 


Outside Scholarships

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
Box 357430
1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB T-557
Seattle, WA 98195-7430


Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities:

NMF Need Based Scholarships

  • Due Date: December 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Requirements: MS3 or MS4 students underrepresented in medicine
    • “Established to help address the rising costs of obtaining a medical degree, this need-based scholarship will provide $10,000 awards to twenty (20) 3rd or 4th year students underrepresented in medicine who are enrolled in a US accredited (MD/DO) program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must demonstrate their financial need by submitting their Financial Aid information, Student Aid Report, and any other appropriate financial documents for consideration. Applicants must also comment on how this scholarship would help to relieve the burden of tuition and living expenses, as well as advance their professional development.
  • For more information and to apply, visit their website Scholarship

  • Due Date: March 31, 2022
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Requirements:
    • 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


Military Scholarships


Annual Scholarships