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Through the generosity of alumni, friends, corporations and foundations, the IU School of Medicine annually awards scholarships and loans to financially needy and academically deserving medical students. The named scholarships and loan programs listed below reflect the importance that individuals have placed on making an investment in future physicians – an investment that will yield a valuable resource and quality medical practitioners.

Writing a Thank You Letter

Student scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter.

Attached here, is an instruction sheet to aid you in writing a thank you letter.

IU School of Medicine Scholarship and Loan Committee

The IU School of Medicine (IUSM) awards over 8 million dollars in scholarships annually, placing IUSM at the national average for total scholarship funding per enrolled student. IUSM Scholarship funding has been a priority for IUSM and our dean’s office. IUSM Dean Hess focuses on scholarships when meeting with donors and alumni, provides funding through deans’ office funds. To show his level of commitment, Dean Hess and Mrs. Hess have personally funded scholarships. The IUSM Office of Gift Development focuses on scholarships when meeting with donors and alumni.

IUSM Scholarships are used in the recruitment of our best and brightest accepted students (focusing on Merit and Diversity). Additionally, IUSM grants merit-based and indebtedness scholarships to the fourth year students.

IUSM’s Annual Scholarship selections are made by the Scholarship Committee each year in late June with recruitment scholarships decided throughout the recruitment and admissions season. While some scholarships have restrictions, the IUSM Scholarship Committee maintains a philosophy of equal opportunity. Medical students receiving the Indiana Primary Care Scholarship, Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs (HPSP) or the National Health Service Corps Scholarship (NHSC) will be deemed ineligible for IUSM scholarships since the Indiana Primary Care Scholarship covers tuition and fees as well as the HPSP and NHSC programs provide full funding (tuition, fees, books and living stipends). Like-wise, any student who is in the Combined-degree program will not be eligible for IUSM scholarships.

The 2020-2021 Scholarship Committee members are:

  • Andrew Beckman, M.D., Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Clark J. Simons, M.D., Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Jose R. Espada, Ex-Officio – Director, IUSM Medical Student Affairs-Student Financial Services
  • Teresa M. Bell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Burcin Ekser, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Surgery
  • Nicole Kissane Lee, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Eugene Patrick Presto, D.O., Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Karen A. Smartt, Ed.D., Director, IUSM Office of Admissions
  • Temel Tirkes, M.D., Department of Radiology
  • Timothy Webb, M.D., Anesthesia
  • Theressa J. Wright, M.D., Eli Lilly Company

The IUSM Application for Financial Assistance gathers specific information that is not made available through the Admissions process or through the Free Application for Financial Assistance (FAFSA).  Students are considered for appropriate scholarships.  IUSM’s approach to scholarships will likely change from year to year.

Current categories of support include:

  • Academic/Merit Based
  • Donor-specified funding requirements (i.e., specific counties in Indiana, attending a specific IUSM campus, etc…)
  • Scholarships promoting class adiversity
  • Financial Need/Disadvantaged/Indebtedness

Annual Scholarships may be one year only with no expectation for renewal.  Multi-year scholarships may have requirements for renewal.

  • All renewals require clear first time passing of all courses/clerkships and students must be in good academic standing
  • Academic difficulty (e.g. failure or repeating a year) may cause permanent loss of scholarship
  • Total amount of funding from all sources may not exceed tuition exclusive of fees (only exception include scholarships that specify fee payment.

Good academic standing, as defined by the IUSM Scholarship Committee, is a student who is not on academic probation for any reason during the entire preceding academic year or semester. The IUSM Student Manual defines what constitutes good academic standing in general.

IU School of Medicine Scholarship Endowed Funds

The following is a list of endowed scholarships available through the IU School of Medicine.

Scholarship funds that are marked with an asterisk (*) are targeted for research as specified by the donor. These scholarship endowments help support the Summer Research Program in Academic Medicine. All other endowed scholarships listed here generate interest income that is used in awarding scholarship as specified by the donor.

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