Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for a Medical Alumni Scholarship?

Any current College of Medicine medical student can apply for our scholarships. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria so please reference the individual scholarships for details.

Can I apply as an MD/PhD or MPH student?

You can apply to the Medical Alumni scholarships during the years that you are in the MD program. Therefore, if you entered  the PhD or MPH program between your second and third years, you would not be eligible to apply for scholarships during that year.

What class year should I apply as?

Apply for scholarships as your current class year. For example, if you are currently an MS II, apply to MS II scholarships.

I am an incoming medical student. What opportunities are there for me to apply?

We have several scholarships that are awarded to incoming College of Medicine medical students. At this time, incoming students do not need to apply. Visit our Incoming Student Scholarships page to learn more.

How do I get started?

You can apply for Medical Alumni Scholarships online or in person at our office (Setnor Academic Building #1510). If applying online, visit our website and make a profile. You must have a Medical Alumni username and password to use the "apply online" feature of our website. Create a login through our “New User Registration” form. It usually takes 1-2 business days for us to process your request.

After you have created a login, visit our Student Scholarships page and click on your class year. Select the scholarships you would like to apply for, fill out the application online, attach the required materials and click submit!

I created a profile for the Medical Alumni Foundation to apply for scholarships.  Now what?

It will take 1-2 business days for us to process your request for a login. You will not receive an additional email or notification that your request has been accepted. Once processed, you can apply to the Medical Alumni scholarships. Login to our website, select the scholarships you would like to apply for and complete the application; attaching the required materials. You will receive a confirmation once you have submitted the application. Contact us if you have any questions.

Now that you have a profile, you can access other secure areas of our website. Be sure to visit the below pages!

Do I have to apply for Medical Alumni Scholarships online?

No. You can also submit hard copies of your documents directly to the Medical Alumni Office, Setnor Academic Bldg. #1510. Or, you can email your documents to

When is the deadline for all applications?

The 2020 deadline has been extended to Friday, May 15, 2020.

When and how would I be notified if I won an award?

Winners will be directly notified by e-mail and letter as soon as decisions become available, on a rolling basis. We expect to have our first group of scholarship recipients notified the week of August 10, and their names will also be posted to the Medical Alumni Foundation scholarship website.  Please see our main scholarship page and click on "Scholarship Update" for the most updated list of recipients.

When will I receive my scholarship?

Scholarship funds are distributed the following January into your Bursar’s account to offset tuition for your spring semester.

Who funds the Medical Alumni scholarships?

All of our scholarships have been created through the generosity of our alumni and friends. Scholarships are typically named after the donor or person for whom the scholarship was created. Some scholarships will have the donors bio listed under their name.

To learn more about endowing a scholarship, click here

How do I find my class rank?

If the criteria for a scholarship states "students must be in the top % of their class"; you must contact the Registrar's Office at (Jennifer Martin Tse) to obtain your confidential class rank. (Please include your class year along with your request.)  You may also visit the Registrar's Office in the Campus Activities Building, Rm 203.  

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes!  We encourage students to apply for any scholarship as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. However, some scholarships have restrictions. These restrictions will be noted on each individual scholarship. Please contact us if you have a question about a specific scholarship.

Can I submit more information about my extracurricular activities?

Sure! It certainly will not hurt your chances of receiving the award.

Can I submit the same personal statement or essay for multiple scholarships?

It is acceptable to submit similar essays for multiple scholarships as long as they meet the length and content criteria.

What are the essay requirements?

Essays should be typed, single-spaced, and no longer than one page in length. Please put your name and the scholarship on the top of each essay. Each scholarship requiring an essay will include their specific topic.

What are the requirements for financial need based scholarships?

Our goal is to assist as many students financially as we can. Some donors have specified that the recipients of their scholarships are those that are in need of additional financial assistance. These scholarships include "with financial need" in their criteria. There is no additional supporting documentation required to apply for these scholarships.

The scholarship I am interested in asks for a letter of support.

Some donors have requested that students submit a letter of support from a mentor, faculty member, advisor, etc. to assist in the selection process. If this individual is comfortable, they can provide their letter to you to submit with the rest of your materials. However, this individual can also submit their letter of support directly to us by either emailing or sending via mail to Medical Alumni, Setnor Academic Bldg. #1510, 750 East Adams St. Syracuse, NY 13210.

We understand that medical professionals are busy. If we receive your letter of support after our deadline date and prior to the beginning of the selection process, we will still accept your application. However, the remainder of the materials must have been received prior to the deadline. We will do our best to contact you if there are any issues with your application.

How recent does an art sample need to be for the Hobika scholarship?

There are no time restrictions placed on art samples, only that it is your original creation.

Tell me more about the E. Gregory Keating Scholarship.

The "E. Gregory Keating Scholarship" is awarded to a student from any of the four colleges who exemplifies the character of Dr. Keating. Our office provides funding for this scholarship but Admissions is the office that selects the winner. They have specific criteria that they review and there is no formal process for applying for this scholarship.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the scholarships or my applications?

You can contact Ellen at the Medical Alumni Office should you have any questions. Email or call (315) 464-4361.