The National Medical Association is sponsoring three special
award programs that recognize and reward African-American/black
medical students for special achievements, academic excellence,
leadership and potential for significant contributions to
The Patti LaBelle Scholarship and The NMA Emerging
Scholar Awards are the highest honors presented to students
by the National Medical Association. These awards recognize
academic achievement, leadership and potential for distinguished
contributions to medicine. Presented to current first, second,
and third-year medical students, these awards also have a
The Patti LaBelle Scholarship will be presented this year
to the highest ranked candidate; the cash prize is $5,000.
Each NMA Emerging Scholar Award will include a cash prize
The JNMA Awards for Medical Journalism are given to
students who demonstrate skill and interest in medical journalism.
These awards also recognize academic achievement and leadership.
Candidates must be in the third or fourth years of medical
school and must have published articles and photographs in,
or been writers, editors or photographers on the staffs of:
- Medical school newspapers;
- Medical student journals, such as the Journal of the Student
Association or the New Physician magazine;
- Recognized professional journals such as the Journal of
the National Medical
Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association,
or the New
England Journal of Medicine; or
- Other respected scientific journals.
Students who have written, produced or directed health-related
films, commercials or videos are also encouraged to submit
their applications and samples of their work in consideration
for an Award in Medical Journalism. Each JNMA Award in Medical
Journalism include a cash prize of $2,500.