WSU Scholarship programs

Note: There is not a separate scholarship application.

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 complete 50 credit hours meeting satisfactory academic progress standards. The amount of the BOD 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.

Scholarships are awarded until funding is exhausted.

Board of Governors MD Scholarship

Federal Direct Subsidized loan undergraduate aggregate total Percentage used of Federal Pell Grant 600% lifetime eligibility 2018-19 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 in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

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.

NHSC Corps Community Day Web Badge

Pisacano Scholars Leadership (PLF) Award in Family Medicine
The application for the  Pisacano Scholars Leadership (PLF) program is available online at 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. Applicants must demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service. For additional information, please contact PLF Program Coordinator Jane Ireland: or 888-995-5700, ext. 1249.

Military Scholarships

National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
A program of grant assistance for Year I and II medical students from minority groups currently under-represented in medicine.

Other Private Scholarships

Students should also research scholarships offered by outside community and private organizations, professional associations, fraternities, sororities and resource books available at municipal libraries. Suggested Web based scholarship resources include:

Be aware of the tactics companies use to convince students to utilize their services.