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. To use the Scholarship Search Tool, click here>>

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.

If you anticipate that you will have an unusual enrollment situation for the 2021-22 academic year, please contact our office with any questions before you apply.

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.

How do I find my class rank?

If the criteria for a scholarship states "students must be in the top % of their class," you can contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@upstate.edu (Jennifer Martin Tse) to obtain your current 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.  We encourage you to apply for any scholarships you feel you will be qualified for.

However, please note that final decisions of eligibility for scholarships will be based on class rank as of the end of the Spring 2021 semester.  Recipients for awards will be confirmed based on this rank.

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

We have several scholarships that are awarded to incoming College of Medicine medical students. At this time, incoming students do not need to apply for scholarships. To learn more specifics, use our Scholarship Search Tool and select "Incoming" for your MS year.

How do I get started?

You can apply for Medical Alumni Scholarships online or in person at our office (Setnor Academic Building #1510). If using our "apply online" feature, you must have a Medical Alumni online community account. To create your account, click here>>. It usually takes 1-2 business days for us to process your request.

You can use our Scholarship Search Tool to find out which scholarships you qualify for. 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 that your request has been accepted. Once processed, you can login to our website, go to the Scholarships Search page, determine which scholarships you would like to apply for and if available complete the on-line 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 medalum@upstate.edu.

When is the deadline for all applications?

The 2021 deadline is 11:59 pm on Friday, April 2, 2021.

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

Winners will be directly notified by e-mail and letter by early August.

When will I receive my scholarship?

Scholarship recipients are honored at a reception on campus during Reunion in September.  The scholarship funds are distributed the following January into your Bursar’s account to offset tuition for your spring semester (January 2022).

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

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.  Additional information can be e-mailed to edgertoe@upstate.edu if you are unable to include it with your application.

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 requirements for content and length.  (Please read any essay requirements for each scholarship carefully.  A well-written, on-topic essay is an important component of your application for those scholarships that require them.)

How should I submit an essay?

Essays should be no longer than one to one-and-a-half pages in length.  PDF files are preferred, but Word files are also acceptable.  Please put your name and the scholarship name 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.

We strongly encourage students who do not have a FAFSA (such as international students or those not taking federal loans) to submit a Financial Need Statement when applying for financial need based scholarships.  This is a written explanation of your financial need or financial circumstances.  This statement is optional, but can assist the scholarship committee in determining your level of need.

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 medalum@upstate.edu 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 do not receive your support letter for an application by May 1, we will contact you and ask you to contact your letter-writer directly.  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 Edgerton at the Medical Alumni Office should you have any questions. Email medalum@upstate.edu or call (315) 464-4361.