These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship in November of the year the scholarships are awarded.
A medical school may nominate one student per year for this award. A candidate must be:
- a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and
- entering the third year of study in a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school in fall 2011. Students enrolled in combined degree programs (such as M.D./Ph.D.) are eligible when they are entering their third year of medical school.
A nomination packet must contain 10 stapled sets (one with originals; nine with photocopies). Each stapled set must be collated in the following order:
a nomination letter from the medical school's dean or the dean's designate discussing the nominee's:
- leadership efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care,
- demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal, and health-care needs of minorities,
- excellent academic achievement through the first and second years of medical school (this is essential when a school has a pass/fail grading system),
- awards and honors, special research projects, and extracurricular activities in which the student has shown leadership abilities;
- a letter of recommendation from the medical school's institutional GSA diversity affairs officer;
- a letter of recommendation from a faculty member;
- a personal statement by the nominee, which does not exceed two double space pages, assessing their leadership efforts in eliminating inequities in medical education and health care for minorities;
- a curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee which clearly indicates contact information; and
- the nominee's official medical school academic transcript (remember to photocopy both sides of the transcript).
*All letters and personal statements should be doubled-spaced with 1”margins, and size 12, Times New roman font.
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.
Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships Award Committee
2450 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037-1127