Pediatrician Scholarships and Grants
There’s no denying that the cost of becoming a pediatrician is substantial. However, if you know where and how to look, you can find a number of pediatrician scholarships and grants that can help you offset some of these costs. Some come from the government, but others come from the colleges themselves.
Also referred to as the NHSC, this group is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Pediatric students who are either US citizens or nationals have access to a scholarship that is given in exchange for a service agreement. In a nutshell, in exchange for agreeing to practice in a region that is designated by the national government as having a shortage of health professionals, you will receive not only payment for your tuition, but also any fees and living expenses that you may incur. You will agree to one year of service for each year’s scholarship you accept
This is another great way to get the money you need to become a licensed pediatrician. Each branch – the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force – offers a scholarship to medical students. One of these, the Army-sponsored F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, provides full tuition, books and fees as well as up to a $20,000 signing bonus in exchange for one year of active service for each year of benefits you accept. The same program is accessible through the Navy’s Medical Accessions Department, and there are some $300,000 in benefits that you can earn over the course of four years.
The School of Medicine at Chapel Hill offers up the Davis Pediatric Scholarship which is a favorite around the country. This scholarship is awarded during the third year of clinical training to the top three students in the school who have distinguished themselves in areas such as communicating with children, sensitivity, and knowledge. In the event that the recipient has already paid his or her tuition for that year, the funds can be used for living expenses instead. A written personal statement is required in order to be considered.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has its own program, known as the Resident Scholarship Program, which awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to students who are excelling academically but who are having financial difficulties. In order to qualify, students must have completed a first-year approved internship, have a placement in a current training program, and be committed to another year of residency in an accredited program. The amount awarded is generally based on the student’s amount of need.
If you’re looking for a “full ride” through the schooling it will take to become a pediatrician, then the offer from the National Health Service Corps or the Armed Forces is the way to go. Otherwise, if you’re just looking to supplement, then bear in mind that it is possible to apply for and receive multiple small scholarships from different groups and associations.