UPDATED NOTE:  The scholarship is now closed.

Official Rules

Healthcare candidates who are interested must submit the Healthgrad.com application and an original essay. The essay must be between 4,000-10,000 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)

Equal Opportunity Consideration

Healthgrad.com 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 Healthgrad.com 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, Healthgrad.com 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 Healthgrad.com 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

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to (1) any college student pursuing a qualifying degree anywhere in the world (2) who is at least 18 years of age, (3) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx or its equivalent in countries outside the U.S., (4) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (4) who completes the entry form on HealthGrad.com. The contest is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of HealthGrad.com, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

ENTRY: Entrants must complete the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted. The essay must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. HealthGrad.com may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified. HealthGrad.com reserves the right to verify an applicant’s information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant’s entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

CLAIMING YOUR AWARD: The winner(s) will be notified by email and/or phone; failure to provide accurate contact information may result in disqualification and if unable to reach a winner within 72 hours, HealthGrad.com may in its discretion award any scholarship to any other contestant. No guarantee of notification is made to applicants who do not win the Scholarship Contest. This scholarship will be awarded to the winner(s) directly.

No payment will be granted until HealthGrad.com is able to verify with the winner’s institution that all college/university enrollment information (including GPA) is accurate. Winner will be required to submit an official transcript to HealthGrad.com.  HealthGrad.com may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the scholarship in the case of a winner’s failure to provide information in a timely fashion if requested by HealthGrad.com or the institution, or if the student’s enrollment lapses for any reason.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD; ODDS: Your chances of winning the scholarship competition depend on the number of total entries, the quality of your answer, and how your answer is viewed by the judges from HealthGrad.com. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Awards are provided WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, without limitation. ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED SUBJECT TO THE TERMS, RESTRICTIONS, AND LIMITATIONS. Except as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, no substitution of the scholarship shall be offered and no transfer of the scholarship to a third party is permitted.

PAYMENT DIRECTIONS: HealthGrad.com will pay the Scholarship Award directly to winner in one lump sum. HealthGrad.com has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. Winners will be responsible for providing a letter of acceptance or enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship Award will be directed, and a signed statement that funds will be used to offset the cost of their eligible college education (tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, and/or room & board). HealthGrad.com has the sole discretion and final word on any issues that may arise around a winner’s eligibility.

CONDUCT: By registering for this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of HealthGrad.com and the judges that shall be final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules are accessible throughout the Contest Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. HealthGrad.com reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in any manner deemed by HealthGrad.com to be in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by HealthGrad.com to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, HEALTHGRAD.COM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: HealthGrad.com assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Contest; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof, or; (e) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest or download any materials in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, then HealthGrad.com reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In the event of cancellation, HealthGrad.com will randomly award the prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected through this promotion is subject to HealthGrad.com’s Privacy Policy. In addition, as a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for HealthGrad.com to make his or her profile publicly available, to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules and to announce the winners online and via other media, and to use the winner’s name and photograph in such announcements without restriction.

PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), entrants consent to the use of their names, pictures, likenesses, in advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the Internet, by HealthGrad.com, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval. Nothing contained in these Official Rules obligates HealthGrad.com to make use of any of the rights granted herein and winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTES: This Contest, these Official Rules, and any dispute related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) are governed by the laws of the United States without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action, suit, proceeding or dispute in connection with this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought and resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts of the United States and each entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits, proceedings, or disputes arising out of or related to this Sweepstakes. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the entrant and any Released Party, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, the prize awarded, or the determination of the winner must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will an entrant be permitted or entitled to obtain an award for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees.

In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a participant, the participant will be declared to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to HealthGrad.com at the time of initial participation (i.e., registration for the Contest), but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria, otherwise the entry may be disqualified and any potential prize won will be forfeited in HealthGrad.com’s sole discretion. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The potential winner may be required to provide HealthGrad.com with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the applicable e-mail address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to HealthGrad.com’s satisfaction, the entry and individual or individuals may be deemed ineligible at HealthGrad.com’s sole discretion.


Scholarship Winner - Spring 2020

Scholarship Winner - Spring 2020

Taylor Dwyer

College of the Redwoods

"I am so grateful to receive this scholarship, Thank you! With the current times being so uncertain, this has given me room to breath while I study and work towards becoming a nurse. I am so excited for this career path and to see where it will lead me. Health professionals are needed now more than ever and to be given support to succeed while I am in school is such a gift."

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 HealthGrad.com 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 me...to 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