University of Pittsburgh

Diversity Aid and Scholarship

How do I pay for medical school?

A good measure of how sincere a school is about having you enroll is their attitude about financial aid. They really care here and it shows in their efforts.

We understand the obstacles faced by anyone considering medical school. We take a personal interest in helping all accepted candidates locate sources of funding for their educations. We will stay with you every step of the way to explore financing options.

Below is a list of loan, scholarship, and grant opportunities available to minority students. See the Office of Financial Aid for a complete overview of the admissions and financial aid process, including how to obtain the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Privately Funded Scholarships and Aid

National Medical Fellowship (NMF) Scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens in one of the following minority groups as defined by the NMF: African American, Mexican American, Native American, and mainland Puerto Rican. NMF is a nonprofit organization that provides grants-in-aid for first- and second-year students judged by NMF to be in need of financial assistance. The deadline for filing NMF applications for entering students is August 31. Announcements of awards are made by late October of each academic year. Applications may be obtained from: National Medical Fellowships, Inc., 110 West 32nd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or at

Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED) Scholarships are awarded to minority residents (minimum one year of current residency) of the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 per year. Applications can be obtained in writing from NEED, Warner Center, 332 Fifth Avenue, 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15222 or by calling 412-566-2760 or visiting

The NEED Emergency Loan Fund is a no-interest, short-term, 90-day loan fund established to aid minority students in need of funds on an emergency basis. Application information is available from the Office of Financial Aid.

Dr. Charles Hefflin Scholarship, funded by alumni and NEED, provides financial assistance to African American medical students based on high academic achievement in undergraduate study.

The Dr. Chester E. Harris Medical Student Award is presented to a junior medical student who has achieved academic excellence and provided outstanding service to the community and to humanity.

The Gateway Medical Society Award is presented to a student who has achieved academic excellence during his or her training at the medical school.

The Chi Delta Mu Award is presented to a student who has performed outstanding community service during his or her medical training.

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.