United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program

Established in 2013, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has partnered with National Medical Fellowships (NMF) to offer the Diverse Medical Scholars Program. This is a service-learning program designed to increase the number of qualified medical providers who have a commitment to improving access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities. This program is a renewal scholarship that provides a $7,000 award to thirty (30) qualified medical students. All Scholars are required to complete a 200-hour self-directed community health project at the community site of their choice. Selected Scholars will be enrolled in a medical school located in the U.S., be a member of an underrepresented minority group, and have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to underserved communities.

Program Eligibility

UHF Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited medical school located in the U.S.
  • Identification with one of the following minority groups: African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian Americans (Vietnamese and Cambodian only)
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

Program Requirements

Scholars may complete their program requirements between December 2017 and June 2018. Program requirements include:

  • 200 service-learning hours at community site of choice located in an underserved community
  • Orientation Participation
  • Written Report on Community Health
  • PowerPoint Creation and Oral Presentation (4th Year Medical Students Only)
  • Poster Creation/Presentation
  • Program Colloquium Participation
  • Evaluation – Program Surveys (Scholar & Mentor)


Contact Financial Aid

If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.