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Pathology is one of the most critical fields of medicine in that it provides the link between patient, doctor and disease. Pathologists typically work a bit differently from other physicians: they are laboratory geeks who often interact exclusively with other physicians and laboratory clinicians with no formal attachment to patients.
But pathology careers exist at much more humble levels, as well. In fact the field of clinical laboratory specialists has grown in recent decades as more emphasis is put on laboratory sciences in relation to medicine.
The College of American Pathologists Foundation Scholars Research Program supports the research projects of enterprising resident pathologists by providing attractive scholarships. Eligible candidates must have a highly evolved proposal and appropriate research and/or laboratory facilities in which to conduct the work. Applications are accepted for a partial year or yearlong scholarship. Up to $25,000 per scholarship.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology supports professionals in all levels of laboratory medicine from phlebotomy to histology. ASCP Scholarships provide financial awards to students in a range of lab science programs including the Pathologists’ Assistance program. Applicants must have a solid academic record to be considered; the higher the academic standards, the better for these highly competitive awards. Scholarships are $1,000.
The University of Maryland’s School of Medicine offers students in the Department of Medical and Research Technology access to a handful of attractive scholarships both from within the institution, as well as outside:
- Dade Behring Scholarships are awarded to upperclassmen in the department who are preparing for entry into a laboratory career or further education.
- Laboratories of Pathology Education Assistance Program provides attractive funding for those students who really need money for school. Applicants must also be top-notch students and enrolling in a department program.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison runs a comprehensive program in Clinical Laboratory Science. In order to attract top talent and motivated candidates, the department offers the following scholarships:
- Medical School Health Professions Program is full of scholarship money for last year undergraduate students. Awards are based on academic merit.
- Wisconsin Society for Clinical Laboratory Science doles out scholarships up to $1,000 for all types of students entering or exiting from a clinical lab science program.
The Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan provides students with a distinguished list of alumni out of which have grown some very competitive and highly sought after scholarships. Fellowships are open to pathology students who are concentrating in a “subspecialty” such as surgical pathology. Fellowships typically give candidates a salary-type award in conjunction with an expense stipend. The department scholarships are full-tuition awards given to the most outstanding students entering the pathology program. Four scholarships are awarded and all are named in memory of key department faculty.