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Applying for the Leadership Scholarship

As our way of giving back to future leaders in healthcare, is pleased to announce our annual Healthcare Leadership Scholarship for deserving students pursuing a degree in healthcare. Our merit-based scholarship is awarded every spring to help students cover the expense of their online or campus based education in-time for the new school year beginning in the fall. Any student that is currently enrolled in a healthcare related undergraduate, graduate or Doctorate level program is eligible and encouraged to apply.  Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

We take your privacy seriously, so you can be sure the information you provide is safe and secure. We do not sell or share information to third party websites or companies, or make use of it internally for marketing or any other purpose. Contact information is used solely for the purpose of notifying the winner.

UPDATED NOTE: The 2019 winner has been announced and can be seen below.  The May 1st 2020 window is now open. We encourage those who applied previously to reapply.

Scholarship Due Dates

The submission deadline is May 1st each year. There is no cost for applying. Our 2019 deadline has passed.

Applications now being accepted for 2020!!

Official Rules

Healthcare candidates who are interested must submit the application and an original essay. The essay must be between 4000-10,000 characters, and submitted through the form above. All essays must be formatted correctly.

Any applications that have false information or plagiarized essays are disqualified immediately. All essays have to be completely original, and must be the sole work of the applicant.

The criteria considered in the written essay are your ability to write a strong answer that directly responds to the essay question.  You must be able to provide insights based upon facts to support your answer.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by our scholarship staff. Candidates are judged on academic history, extracurricular activities, employment history & essay. Here is a quick break down of all criteria involved in picking winning candidates:

  • Completed Registration
  • Completed Essay
  • Work History and Activities
  • GPA (min 3.2 on a 4.0 scale)

2020 Essay Question

Share your thoughts on the best ways to control healthcare costs without compromising quality? (Must be 4000-10,000 characters)

Equal Opportunity Consideration does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual preference. All scholarship applicants are considered equally, based upon their merits and strength of their essay, application and other criteria. This Website has complete discretion in choosing the winners of each scholarship.

Announcing the Winner

Winners of the scholarships will be notified within 30 days of the close of the application deadline. Winners shall be notified by email and phone if a phone number is provided. After the winner is chosen, the applicant will be required to provide transcripts from their most recent college or university to verify their GPA. If the candidate cannot supply the necessary records, or if the GPA is different from the GPA that was claimed on the application, reserves the right to rescind the scholarship award and give it to another worthy applicant.

The scholarship award needs to be paid in one full, $1,000 payment by check directly to a qualifying health educational program, such as a four-year university. The award must be paid within 3-months of notification to the winner.

*Please note that if the student has already paid for their education, the funds are sent directly to the recipient by check to their permanent mailing address.

Scholarship recipients’ names will be posted on a page of the website.


Q: When is this scholarship offered?
A: It is offered once a year with the submission deadline being May 1st.

Q: What do we mean by “qualified”? 
A: We require our applicants to be currently enrolled in an accredited online or campus based healthcare program.

Q: Can international students apply?
A: International students are welcome to apply if they are currently enrolled in a qualified program.

Q: Is this program available to Military personnel?
A: All military service members are welcome.

Q: Do you need a letter of recommendation for this scholarship?
A: Letters of recommendation are neither required nor accepted for this scholarship.

Q: Is there a cost involved in submitting an application?
A: There is no cost involved.

Please direct any additional questions, comments through our online contact form.

Staying Organized

Applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming process.  Most students will apply for multiple scholarship, and the following tips will help you keep track of your efforts:

  • Track packages
  • Keep copies of all essays and paperwork in a file
  • Have transcripts handy, or know how to send them to scholarship offices
  • Keep other important forms, such as tax returns (yours or your parents’), financial aid forms, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation on hand
  • As soon as you submit a scholarship application, make note of that in your spreadsheet, as well as the date of submission.

Contact Information

You may contact us anytime for updates about your scholarship application.

Additional Resources

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2019

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2019

Rachel Korynoski

University of North Georgia

"I would like to thank HealthGrad Info for this wonderful opportunity to provide healthcare students funds to pursue their dreams. I am thrilled to have received this scholarship. Now, I am able to breathe a bit easier knowing I can cover book and fee costs for a part of my education. I decided to pursue a career in helping others, specifically, Nursing, because I’m passionate about the work I do for others and how it helps them. From the day I was born, I have been dedicated in my efforts to complete the tasks expected of me, not just out of need, but out of a want to help others in their times of need. I chose Nursing because it is who I am and it is what I want to dedicate my life to. Nursing and the Leadership Scholarship will help me achieve my life goals by acting as catalysts and providing an environment where I can be able to help others physically, mentally, and emotionally."

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2018

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2018

Shanelle Briggs

University of Washington School of Medicine

"I am incredibly grateful to have received this award! This scholarship will go toward my medical school tuition next year and will help relieve some of my financial stress. I have wanted to be a physician since I was young and I am excited to continue pursuing medicine. Throughout my undergraduate career, I studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, did two medical mission trips in Guatemala, worked as a student ambassador, tutored students, worked on three research projects, and helped elementary students with their reading comprehension. I was also a cheerleading captain for my university. Next year, I hope to participate in my school's Global Health Pathway and continue serving abroad."

Scholarship Winner - Fall 2017

Scholarship Winner - Fall 2017

Kevin B

Cal State University San Marcos

"I am beyond thrilled to receive the high honor of the Leadership Scholarship award from HealthGrad. My passion for medicine began in the outdoors and it has been a journey ever since to accomplish my academic and professional goals. This award and the help it provides me in pursuing my dreams provides a giant step forward. Thank you HealthGrad for aiding in our medical future together."

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2017

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2017


Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

"I am honored to be a recipient of the HealthGrad Leadership scholarship. My career goal to become a nurse practitioner will move forward thanks to the generous scholarship. Every bit of financial support is very much needed and appreciated because I am paying for my education myself. I am excited and committed to excelling in the nursing profession and providing the best patient care possible. Thank you for allowing me to continue to pursue my dream."

Past Winners

Our network has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships over the years. Here are a few of our most recent recipients and their stories.

California State University San Marcos

" My purpose in life is to help other individuals heal their past wounds and become the best version of themselves. I believe that every person has something invaluable to give to humanity. This scholarship has enabled focus on developing my skills so that I may give back to our community and become the best version of myself. I am deeply grateful."

- LF

Sybil Murphy
University of Massachusetts Amherst

" I would consider myself a life-long learner, and completing my MPH degree is one more step towards accomplishing my academic and professional goals. This scholarship has helped to make continuing my education a reality...I am incredibly thankful to receive this scholarship."

- Sybil Murphy

Stephanie Lee
University of South Florida

" I really appreciate the scholarship since I did pay for the degree myself. It really makes my hard work feel valued. I'm grateful that your organization encourages students to pursue higher degrees."

- Stephanie Lee