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Eligibility & Selection Criteria
National Medical Association (NMA) Special Awards Program

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility for these awards is limited to African-American medical students. Each school may submit two nominations for NMA Emerging Scholar Award and two for the Awards in Medical Journalism-a total of four nominations.

The general application materials submitted for each nominee must include:

  • A letter of recommendation that fully discusses the candidate's academic
    performance, extracurricular activities and other qualifications for the scholarship.
    A scholarship program application form in which the student provides basic
    biographical and educational information.
  • An essay of at least 500 words written by the student. The essay should discuss his
    or her motivation for a career in medicine and career plans over the next ten years.
    An official academic transcript.
  • For NMA Emerging Scholar Award nominees only: A financial aid transcript submitted by the medical school financial aid office, that itemizes the sources of scholarship and loan support as well as an estimated budget and award package for the 2002-03 year. Students must also provide income tax returns for themselves, their parents and spouses. The required form is included with the application.
  • Applicants for the NMA Awards in Medical Journalism must also submit samples of their work (articles, photographs, audio tapes, video tapes, etc.) for review by the selection committee. Printed articles and photographs may be submitted in the form of clippings, reprints or photocopies showing the names and dates of the publications in which they appeared. Broadcast (radio and television), film and video entries should be submitted as scripted material accompanied by audiocassettes or 3/4" videocassettes. Entries must have been published or produced within the last three years.

Patti LaBelle and NMA Emerging Scholars will be selected on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership and community involvement
  • Potential for outstanding contributions to medicine
  • Documented financial need

The criteria for selecting the NMA Medical Journalism Scholars include:

  • Demonstrated journalistic skill
  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership and community involvement
  • Potential for outstanding contributions to medicine

Deadline Date and Announcement of Winners

The deadline for submission of application materials is April 29, 2005. Award winners will be announced to the medical schools by May and at the annual convention of the National Medical Association in July.


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