Scholarships for Podiatrists

Let Scholarships Foot the Bill for College

People need their feet more than they know. A podiatrist specializes in foot care and diseases of the foot. Medical specialists are always in high demand, and those in the profession want to assure an enduring legacy. Therefore, even though studying medicine can also mean costly college bills, there are many resources to help out with these expenses. There are national organizations, help from your school and other local resources. Check out our scholarships and see if any foot your bill for school.

Scholarships from National Organizationspodiatry scholarships

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Fund for Podiatric Medical Education is available to third and fourth year students attending one of the nine podiatry colleges. Currently, over 190 scholarships worth $1,000 are being awarded each year, though these numbers are growing.

The Zelda Walling Vicha Scholarship is offered by the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants (ASPMA) to students entering their fourth year. Awards are based on academic achievement and definite financial need. Applicants must write an essay on their personal background.

The American Associate of Women Podiatrists Founders Scholarship is offered to members of AAWP. Female students must be a third year podiatric medical student with a GPA of at least 3.0.

School Specific Scholarships

Most medical schools understand the cost of attending is difficult for many students to manage. They do their best to make this easier, more notably for merit-based achievement, but need based issues are considered as well. Check with any potential schools for assistance they may offer. Below is a small sampling of what you may expect.

Midwestern University in Arizona is for second, third and fourth year podiatry medical students. They maintain a significant list of scholarships for all medical students. They are divided by specialty, and quite a number are designed for podiatry students. For example:

Temple University School of Pediatric Medicine (TUSPM) in Pennsylvania offers several scholarships for TUSPM students. They are classified both by class and general scholarships. Students need only fill out one application for multiple scholarships. Some that are offered include:

New York College of Podiatric Medicine offers a wide range of scholarships, worth $500,000 total a year. Merit based awards of $2,000 to $10,000 a year are awarded to the most highly qualified incoming students, and competitive scholarships are given to outstanding students throughout the D.P.M. program.

The Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences offers academic scholarships ranging from $2500 to half-tuition for highly qualified students in the Podiatric Medicine Program. Several additional scholarships are offered, including the Dean’s Scholarship, which is awarded to students not receiving any other type of Barry financial aid.

Additional Scholarships

The Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh offers grants for research in podiatric medicine, as well as several scholarships given based on year in school. Up to three scholarships are offered at each of the year levels every year. Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need.

The Rural Assistance Center offers the Illinois Podiatric Scholarship Program to increase the number of podiatrists in underserviced rural areas of Illinois. The award pays full tuition, matriculation fees and a living stipend. Scholarship recipients repay the awards by practicing as podiatric physicians in areas of the state determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As you can see, there are plenty of avenues to help fund your podiatric education. However, this is only a partial list of what is available. Check with your potential school and review the websites listed above for more detailed searches.