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April 3, 2018 > Deadline looms to apply for medical scholarships

Deadline looms to apply for medical scholarships

Submitted By Meg Walker

The physicians at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) are helping to meet future needs for new physicians by awarding scholarships annually to deserving high school students who are committed to becoming physicians. Since 1993, PAMF physicians have funded and awarded 60 scholarships to high school students who plan to attend a four-year college and then pursue careers as doctors.

The Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Pre-Medical Scholarships each total $25,000 per recipient and are paid out to each student over five years. This yearÕs deadline to apply is Friday, April 13.

To be considered for a scholarship, high school students must meet several qualifications:

¥ Student must plan to become a doctor and select a college major that will prepare him or her for this career.
¥ Have a GPA in top 20 percent of class (verified by transcript)
¥ Show a demonstrated need for financial assistance to attend a four-year college or university (verified by FAFSA, SAR, and parentÕs tax returns)
¥ Applicants must live in the areas served by PAMF which include San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and Contra Costa counties

Students who meet the above qualifications can complete an online application found at The information listed below must be submitted with the scholarship application:

¥ A 1,000-word essay discussing the studentÕs interest in the field of medicine, the studentÕs background and life experiences, and need for financial assistance
¥ A statement of support from the studentÕs college guidance counselor
¥ High school transcript
¥ FAFSA, SAR, and parentÕs tax return
¥ SAT and ACT test scores

For any questions, please contact Dr. Rebecca Leon at (650) 853-2977 or via email at

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