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Medical Student Financial Services

Service Commitment Scholarships

Choose Ohio First – Patient Centered Medical Home

The State of Ohio offers a $30,000 per year award to medical students who commit to a career in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or geriatrics). Recipients must commit to practicing in primary care in the State of Ohio for a minimum of three years post-residency and to accept Medicaid patients while in practice.

Applicants must be Ohio residents that are full-time students in good academic standing and that have completed at least one year of medical school. Ideally applicants will also demonstrate evidence of a pattern of community service and a commitment to primary care.

Recipients who fail to fulfill the post-residency primary care service requirement face a significant penalty in that the entire amount awarded must be repaid with interest of at least 8%.

The application cycle opens annually in late spring, and decisions are announced by early September. Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Ellis ( or the Office of Student Financial Services.

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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

This federal program, managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, makes awards to medical students planning careers in the primary care fields of family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology or general pediatrics.

The scholarships are awarded on scores from a scholarship application, which rates students upon the strength of their commitment to practicing in a primary care shortage area. In addition, students who are identified as disadvantaged, either educationally or economically, are given preference. 

The recipient commits to one year of service for each year of funding, which includes tuition, fees, educational costs and a monthly living stipend that is taxable. Service payback occurs in a physician shortage area and the minimum service commitment is two years. Applicants for the scholarship must first be accepted by a medical school.

The application cycle opens in the spring.  Decisions are announced in the fall. Students who receive a NHSC scholarship are requested to notify the Financial Services Office as soon as they receive notification.  

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Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

In this scholarship program, a student's medical school tuition, required books and equipment and most academic fees are paid and the student also receives a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. Qualifying recipients may be eligible to receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus.  

Recipients of the scholarship incur a military service obligation of one year for each year they are funded, with a minimum obligation of two years. Service payback occurs after residency training.  

To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen. Competitive GPAs and Medical College Admission Test scores are necessary and a physical exam is required. To contact recruiters and receive more information, go to the following Web pages:

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