The goal of the California Community Service Scholarship Program (CCSSP) is to provide underrepresented minority medical students experience in community-based medicine and the health issues affecting underserved populations, and to encourage these future physicians to establish community-based primary care practices in California.
As a regional program of National Medical Fellowships, Inc., the CCSSP offers scholarships to third- and fourth-year students attending medical schools in California. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated commitment to practice in California, interest in community-based primary care, satisfactory academic performance, leadership, and financial need. Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship program during their second or third year of medical school.
CCSSP Scholars fulfill program requirements by completing a six-week externship, or a 12-week externship or research project, at a community health center designated by the Scholar or, upon the Scholar’s request, by NMF.
CCSSP Scholars are guided and supervised on site by a designated mentor, a practitioner and/or researcher working in the Scholar’s area of interest. Scholars can gain experience with community-based primary care through any activities approved by his/her mentor.
NMF seeks to place CCSSP Scholars with community health centers that are able to provide strong Scholar-mentor relationships and excellent, culturally competent care. NMF offers each externship site a stipend of at least $500 per Scholar placement.
Eligibility is limited to rising third-year or fourth-year students.
- African American
- Alaskan Native
- American Indian
- Mexican American
- Native American
- Pacific Islanders
- Puerto Rican
Applicants must demonstrate and document financial need by providing parents or own tax forms.
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.