University of Nebraska Medical Center

Outside Scholarships

Students who will be receiving an outside scholarship must report this to the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that their financial aid packaging maximizes a student’s unmet need. Upon receipt, the check will be posted to the student’s tuition/fee account to reduce their semester costs. If the award results in a credit balance on the semester tuition/fee account, a refund will be issued within 7-10 business days.

Please see the Veteran/Military Benefits page for information about military scholarships.

Instructions for Donors

Scholarship donors should make checks payable to UNMC and provide the recipient name and terms the scholarship is effective (i.e., Fall term only, Spring term only, split Fall/Spring). Scholarship checks and instructions should be sent to:

UNMC Scholarship Coordinator
984265 NE Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4265

Instructions for Students

  • Make a copy of your scholarship award/donor letter (keep the original for your records). If you did not receive an award/letter, provide us the name and address of your donor/organization.
  • Make a copy of the scholarship check for your records.
  • Send the original check and copies of the scholarship letter/donor information to:
UNMC Scholarship Coordinator
984265 NE Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4265

Please remember to write a thank you note to your donor. Review our suggestions and guidance on thank you note preparation. 


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Arizona Community Foundation Scholarship

The Gratitude Scholarship for the UNMC College of Medicine has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation by Dr. Deborah L. Lindquist. The Foundation will award $10,000 annually.

Dr. Lindquist grew up in Plattsmouth, NE and received her first UNMC Degree in Medical Technology, then returned to medical school at UNMC as a second career student, graduating in 1980. She trained in hematology/oncology and specialized in breast cancer treatment, serving patients in Northern Arizona for over 30 years. She created the scholarship out of deep gratitude for her medical education.

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The scholarship may be renewable for up to four (4) years, provided the student meets the qualifying criteria and is approved by the Arizona Community Foundation for renewal.

Applicant qualifications are:

  • Demonstrating financial need
  • Adult re-entry, i.e. students who began one career path, but then applied to COM, or students who have taken a non-traditional route to medical school
  • Students must be enrolled full-time at the UNMC College of Medicine

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Scholarship

As one of the nation’s foremost rehabilitation facilities for children and adults, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals offers many highly specialized programs and services for those who have suffered a debilitating injury or illness.

The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility where patients achieve the most independent and productive lifestyle possible after an accident, illness or injury, whether permanent or temporary.

Madonna is offering a scholarship of $5,000 per year for Traditional and Accelerated Nursing students who agree to a work commitment at Madonna for one year.  This scholarship is renewable with a 2 year commitment and compliance with the scholarship criteria.

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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC)

The National Health Service Corps is a program of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care, which is the focal point for providing primary health care to underserved and vulnerable populations.

The program offers payment of tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and other reasonable education costs for up to four years of education, plus a monthly stipend. All funds are considered taxable by the IRS.

These disciplines/specialties are needed:

  • Allopathic and osteopathic physicians in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
  • Family nurse practitioners.
  • Primary care physician assistants.
  • Certified nurse-midwives

For each year of support you receive, you must serve one year in a federally designated health professional shortage area of greatest need. Service commitment is a minimum of two years, and begins upon completion of your residency and/or training.

For more information visit the NHSC website.

Nebraska Medicine Guild Alice Friedlander Scholarship

The Nebraska Medicine Guild annually awards students with $5,000 scholarships. Scholarship details can be found here. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year will be in February 1, 2024. For questions, please email Cherie Lytle and include "Guild Scholarship 2024" in your subject line.

Plough Scholarship

Plough, Inc. is a recognized leader in ethical pharmaceuticals and proprietary medicines throughout the world. Scholarship funding was established in 1981 for Pharmacy students in tribute to the retail pharmacists of Nebraska. The scholarship requires a one-time application. Students are encouraged to apply at the time of admission to the College of Pharmacy. Completed Plough Scholarship applications should be forwarded to finaid@unmc.edu, Attn. Karen Freeman.

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Other Scholarships

From time to time, the Office of Financial Aid receives notification of miscellaneous outside scholarship opportunities available to health professional students. The Office of Financial Aid makes every effort to screen these opportunities to ensure they are relevant to the varied educational programs at UNMC. In some instances students are directed to websites for scholarship information/applications. Other opportunities are provided as a .pdf file document to print and submit to the outside organization. We will make every attempt to post these opportunities to ensure sufficient time to meet the donor application deadlines.

Scholarship Search Engines

Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarship opportunities for additional resources. ScholarshipQuest contains link to scholarships within the State of Nebraska. In addition, you’ll find links to many national scholarship search engines for additional options. While many of the national searches are for undergraduate students, SallieMae has a search engine specifically for graduate/professional students