It has been a goal of mine since I started the Medical School Headquarters to give and support those students who may be close to giving up because of a lack of funds. While this scholarship isn’t just for those with a need, it’s my hope that we can make an impact on everyone’s life.
We’ve thought long and hard about how to best implement a scholarship here at the Medical School Headquarters and we’ve determined that doing an essay contest twice a year will allow for you to complete the application when you have time throughout the year and will give us some flexibility to review the applications. Our initial thought was monthly, and we launched the scholarship thinking it was going to be quarterly, but we quickly realized how much reading that was going to be!
The essays will be similar to secondary essays prompts that you may see, so entering to win the scholarship will actually be helping you prepare for your applications!
Our Early 2019 Scholarship contest is now open and all entries must be submitted by June 30th, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST. Unlike medical school admissions, these will not be scored on a rolling admissions basis, so take your time!
We will select 3 (three) winners out of the submissions. The essays will be judged by a panel of judges to determine who the winners are.
- 1st Place: $4000
- 2nd Place $1500
- 3rd Place: $500
Who can apply?
At this point in time, it’s open to US students only (those with an SSN for tax purposes). You need to be on your way to medical school, either in undergrad, a postbac, on your way to more classes or applying to medical school. We’ll talk with our accountants and figure out if we can open it up to Canada and those who may not have SSNs.
What is the topic?
There is only one topic for the Early 2019 Contest
- What are the biggest challenges facing physicians and the US healthcare system, and how do you plan on addressing those challenges?
There is a maximum character count of 5000 characters.
- End of 2018
- What challenges have you overcome and what did you learn from them?
- How does medicine impact your life and you as a person?
- Who is the most influential person you have met? What did they teach you?
Do Grammar and Spelling Matter?
Grammar, punctuation, and spelling definitely matter. You’re trying to enter a professional career. Just because doctors don’t have legible handwriting, doesn’t mean you can get away with poor writing skills. Check out my favorite tool Grammarly, to help you with your grammar, spelling, and overall structure. I recommend upgrading to premium for the amazing features. It works great for emailing your professors, and medical school admissions offices! (I used it to check this page before I pushed it live and caught several errors!)
Check out Grammarly to help you submit your essay error free. It will help with your emails too!
When Can I Submit?
You can submit your application anytime between now and June 30th, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST. Google Forms tracks entry stamps. If your stamp is past that time, it will not be considered.
Where Can I Submit?
Submit your essay here: http://premedscholarship.com/submit
What Makes a Good Essay?
The essays that previous won (will be released soon), were free of errors, had good, compelling stories, and answered the prompt well. Check out my book, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement which will help you understand how to write a good essay (not just a personal statement.
Will the scholarship amount be taxable?
YES. The winners will all receive 1099s at the beginning of the next year you are paid. For example, if the contest you are entering is the 4th quarter of 2018, you won’t get your prize money until 2019 and therefore won’t get a 1099 until early 2020. The scholarship amount will be considered “earned income” to you, and you’ll have to pay taxes on it based on your income for the year. Many of you may not have to pay any, some may have to pay a little. You should save some of the money and put it aside for tax purposes. Prior to receiving your cash award, you’re going to need to send us an IRS Form W-9, thus the reason you’ll need a US Social Security Number.