WSU Scholarships

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Scholarship FAQs 

Board of Governors MD Scholarship

The Board of Governors (BOG) MD Scholarship is awarded to entering first year and second year medical students who demonstrate financial need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information and who meet satisfactory academic progress standards. The amount of the BOG MD Scholarship is based on the aggregate total Federal Direct Subsidized Loan that you borrowed at the undergraduate level, if any, and the percentage used of the 600% lifetime Federal Pell Grant eligibility limit. Please reference the following chart. 

This award is meant to assist with your tuition and fee costs. If you receive a tuition and fee scholarship that covers all of these costs, you may retain up to $2000 of the BOG award to assist with your other expenses. No application is required.

No combination of awards, including loans and stipends, may exceed the estimated cost of attendance.

Board of Governors MD Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded until funding is exhausted.

Federal Direct Subsidized loan undergraduate aggregate total Percentage used of Federal Pell Grant 600% lifetime eligibility 2024-25 Board of Governors MD need-based scholarship amount
$0 to $10,000 Less than 100% $2,000
$10,001 to $23,000 Less than 100% $5,000
N/A 100% to 150% $10,000
N/A 150.1% to 200% $12,000
N/A 200.1% to 300% $14,000
N/A 300.1% to 600% $18,000

The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan aggregate total borrowed at the undergraduate level and the percentage used of the Federal Pell Grant 600% eligibility limit can be viewed at

School of Medicine scholarships

Medical students who wish to be considered for Wayne State University School of Medicine private scholarships must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of information submitted on their FAFSA, their academic record, their citizenship status, and other criteria stated in the scholarships listed on this site. Information that Y1 students submitted at the time of application to the WSU School of Medicine also will be considered. There is no separate SOM scholarship application. The School of Medicine Scholarship Committee will notify recipients in summer/early fall.

Scholarships eligibility criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be admitted and enrolled at the WSU School of Medicine (not on a Leave of Absence)
  • Fulfill other requirements as specified by individual scholarship provisions (e.g., place academically in the upper half of the class, participate in volunteer activities, etc.)

Scholarships from private funds are made possible by the generosity of alumni, friends and other donors to the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Scholarship recipients are requested to write a thank you letter to the donors associated with the scholarship. The SOM Development and Alumni Affairs Office provides "Thank You Letter Guidelines." Direct all thank you letters and inquiries about letters to Tim Strzslkowski, 1369 Scott Hall, email:

View list of scholarships available for annual awards to medical students

External Scholarship Programs

National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program is a competitive Federal program which awards scholarships to students pursuing primary care health professions training.

Pisacano Scholars Leadership (PLF) Award in Family Medicine
Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall of  may apply. Apply online at

Military Scholarships

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