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National Medical Association (NMA) Special Awards Program

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 medicine.

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 need component.

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 of $2,250.

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 National Medical
    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.

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