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2018 LMSA Scholarship Awards

The “LMSA Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students” was developed in 2009 to assist medical students with the financial burden of accredited U.S. Medical School tuition. Personal qualities, financial need, academic and extracurricular achievement will be considered in the selection process.

 

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
 

1. JP Sanchez Scholarship

2. 2018 National Scholarship*

3. PR Task force Scholarship for 2018 LMSA National Conference

 

*This scholarship requires an online application submission AND additional documentation via email. For more information on each scholarship and to find the online applications, scroll below.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Applicants must be current LMSA members with proof of paid membership (to be verified if selected). If you are not a member sign up HERE
It is the student’s responsibility to submit a complete application and all supporting documents by the deadline, extensions will not be granted. Incomplete or late application materials will result in ineligibility.

 


JP SANCHEZ SCHOLARSHIP

 

LMSA National and the LMSA LGBTQ Caucus are accepting applications for the: The JP Sanchez Scholarship.


This scholarship will be awarded for outstanding work in the field of LGBTQ Health serving Latino patients in the United States. Applicants must submit an essay documenting their work in the LGBTQ health field. This can include scholarly work or advocacy activities. 

 

 **Please note, award amounts vary year to year. The scholarship will be a minimum of $500. Selection is at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

 

  • DEADLINE: Mon 5th March 2018, 11:59 PM CST.
  • Winners will be notified by late March

 

LMSA-National reserves the right to withdraw or withhold scholarship pending submission of necessary documents or falsification of any information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact LMSA national representatives at scholarship@lmsa.net and/or the LGBTQ caucus leadership at Talia.robledo-gil@yale.edu and jramallop@gmail.com

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be current LMSA member
  • Must be committed to pursuing a medical degree and dedicated to serving the Latino and underserved communities.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a desire to advance the state of healthcare and education in Latino and underserved communities through leadership in extracurricular activities and/or membership in civic organizations.
  • Eligible applicants should be either applying for matriculation into a U.S. accredited medical school in 2018 or be enrolled as a medical student in an U.S. accredited medical school by the time the award is given with expected graduation date of 2018 or later.
  • Students interested in applying to Allopathic and/or Osteopathic Schools of Medicine are welcome to apply.
  • Students are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of immigration status.

Required Documentation:

1. Personal Statement: Please write a required max 500-word personal statement describing your family
and personal background, professional objectives, involvement and contribution(s) to the LGBTQ Health
serving Latino community (ie: volunteer experiences, work experiences, etc.), and how you would assist
LMSA-National in its mission to provide health care to the Latino and underserved communities. The
personal statement is one of the most important selection criteria and is equivalent to an interview. Please
do not send any materials not requested.

2. Transcript: Most current unofficial or official transcript. If starting medical school in 2018, include your
undergraduate transcript. (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_Transcript.pdf)

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Upload your most relevant community service, research, leadership, and clinical
experience. Make sure to include clear headings for experiences. List experiences in chronological order
(most current first). (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_CV.pdf) [Max 3 Pages]

4. Proof of Medical School Acceptance: Only for entering medical students in 2018, submit letter of
acceptance to the medical school you intend to enroll in. (Title your file: Last Name_First
Name_ProofOfMedical.pdf)

 

Application questions and other inquiries should be sent to scholarship@lmsa.net. Please title your email: LMSA-National Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students 2018.

 


 

2018 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

 

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization that supports medical and premedical students interested in promoting the health of the Latino community. In continuing this mission, the national organization will award a total of $500.

 

**Please note, award amounts vary year to year. The scholarship will be a minimum of $500. Selection is at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

 

TO FIND THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE VISIT: https://uthscsa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39q7sF79mIutfg1

 

ELIGIBILITY:
  • Must be current LMSA member
  • Applicants must be medical students pursuing a DO or MD. Students with proof of enrollment to medical school for 2018 are also eligible to apply (must include letter of acceptance in this application, if selected proof of enrollment from your school will be required).
  • Applicants should demonstrate a desire to advance the state of healthcare and education in Latino and underserved communities through leadership in extracurricular activities and/or membership in civic organizations.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of ethnic background or immigration status. DACA students are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: Mon 5th March 2018, 11:59 PM CST

 

Please email the following documents to the Scholarship Chair at: scholarship@lmsa.net 

* All documents must be attached in one email
 
 
Required Documentation:
Transcript: Most current unofficial or official transcript. If starting medical school in 2018, include your undergraduate transcript. (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_Transcript.pdf)
 
Curriculum Vitae (CV): Upload your most relevant community service, research, leadership, and clinical experience. Make sure to include clear headings for experiences. List experiences in chronological order (most current first). (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_CV.pdf) [Max 3 Pages]

Personal Statement: Please write a one-page statement (single spaced, 12-pt. times font) describing your involvement and contribution(s) to the Latino community (volunteer and work experiences, etc.), your personal background, and how your professional objectives assist LMSA in its mission to provide health care to the Latino and underserved communities. (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_PersonalStatement.pdf)

Proof of Medical School Acceptance: Only for entering medical students in 2018, submit letter of acceptance to the medical school you intend to enroll in. (Title your file: Last Name_First Name_ProofOfMedical.pdf)

 


Puerto Rico Task for Scholarship for 2018 LMSA National Conference

 

The LMSA Puerto Rico Emergency Task Force is sponsoring two medical student peers in Puerto Rico to travel to and attend the 13th Annual LMSA National Conference, with this year's theme of Siempre Unidos: Celebrating Diversity and Bridging the Gap. The conference will be hosted at Miami-Dade College from April 13-15, 2018. A one time award of $500 will be awarded to two scholarship winners each (ie. $500 per person) to offset costs of lodging, transportation and conference registration (meals and gala admission included).

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Be enrolled in one of these medical schools: Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.
  • Students should be able to arrive by Fri 13th Apr, and stay until the Gala on Sat 14th April 2018.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need of assistance.

 

Deadline: Sun 18th March 2018 at 11:59PM, Eastern Standard Time

 

More information and to apply, follow this link: 2018 Application

 

PLEASE EMAIL ALL DOCUMENTS, AS ONE ATTACHMENT, TO: lmsaprtaskforce@gmail.com

 

Required Documentation:

  • Filled out application form
  • Four essays
  • Financial Need Verification


 


 

Congratulations to our Past Recipients!

2017

Jorge Torres

MS4

 

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 
 

Jorge Torres is a first generation Mexican American who attends medical school at UCLA. He will be pursuing a neurology residency at Harvard where he will be focusing on neurological disparities and medical education. 

 

Cara Muñoz Buchanan

MS3 

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

"Se necesita un pueblo". My village of support inspires my resilience to face each new challenge in service of my vision. I seek to integrate social justice & progressive health policy to the practice of medicine. The LMSA is an inspiring space to build this intersectionality. ¡Adelante! 

 
 

Nelly Gonzalez

MS2

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

A strong work ethic, resiliency, kindness, and grit are values my family has passed along to me. I plan to continue using my value system, and now my medical education, to care for patients and advocate for the Latino community.  
 

Jose Juarez

M3

University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
I am honored to stand with my LMSA colleagues advocating for the rights of all Latinos in health care and preparing myself to one day serve our Latino community, especially those who lack access to health care, as a doctor.  

Jessica M Ocampo

MS4

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Empowering Latinx communities through education and advocacy is the foundation of my interest in medicine. As a first generation medical student it is important for me to serve and create equal opportunities for Latinx. This year, I plan to continue advocating for Latinx communities as an OB/GYN resident. 
 David Alejandro Sanchez

MS4


Howard University College of Medicine
Research and my community have led me to become interested in ameliorating the burden of HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ Latinxs. Through supportive organizations like LMSA, I feel empowered to become a physician-scientist focused on addressing diseases that afflict mi gente and other minorities. 
Carol’s Montes Castellon

MS 4

UC DAVIS School of Medicine

Family Medicine 
Healthcare is a right every person deserves regardless of immigration status, social class, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. As one of the first undocumented medical students in California, it is my mission and responsibility to provide compassionate care to for underserved communities.


2016

   

Romina Kim

MS4

 

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Coming from a multicultural background, as an Argentinean born to Korean parents, I developed a passion for working with diverse and underserved populations. This fall I will be starting my pediatric residency training program in Los Angeles, CA.  I hope to be able to affect change with the pediatric patient population and become a champion of change, particularly for the vulnerable and underserved. In addition, I plan to mentor students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing a career in medicine.

   

Jessica Ocampo

MS3

 

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Bridging cultural/language barriers and social justice are my passions for pursuing medicine. My involvement with LMSA has transformed me to become a future physician leader that creates awareness of social issues to provide equal opportunities to vulnerable populations. Currently, we are developing a policy regarding the importance of allowing DACA students to participate in the medical field. My career plan is to continue working in Latino communities and underserved areas as I pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 
 

Ruben Mora-Roman Jr.

OMS3

 

Western University of the Health Sciences

As I reflect on my journey as Mexican-American, I am fortunate to find my passion in medicine and dedicate my life to the empowerment of the Latino community. I am fueled with the positive impact I have made through LMSA and I hope that through my hard work I can leave a legacy by inspiring future Latino leaders.  
   

Natacha Villegas

MS2

 

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

 

Growing up in a small island in the Caribbean, I never imagined I would be training to become a doctor in the largest medical center in the world. Now that I am past many obstacles, I want to help underrepresented minority students to overcome their perceived barriers to becoming health professionals, so that we can all work together to shorten the gap of access to care that disadvantaged communities suffer. 


2015

 

Incoming M1

Marcela Zhou Zhang

Loyola Stritch School of Medicine,

Chicago, IL

Given my experiences and multicultural upbringing as a Mexican-American-Chinese, I am particularly interested in eliminating linguistic barriers and delivering culturally relevant health care to medically disadvantaged communities. I plan on becoming a physician with a strong presence as a leader in community health, working to empower and care for patients from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

Incoming M1

Denisse Rojas


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY 

At Pre-Health Dreamers, a national organization I co-founded that supports pre-health undocumented youth, I have counseled over 200 pre-health undocumented youth, co-authored 4 unique resource guides, presented customized information at over 35 pre-health events, created unique programming to serve an annual group of undocumented medical school applicants, and helped write and pass California legislation SB 1159 that opens eligibility for professional licensing to undocumented immigrants.
 

M1:

Miguel Rodriguez,

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine,

Fort Worth, TX

Seeing my family’s leadership, work ethic, perseverance, and sacrifice gave me the fuel to work towards a better life and make a difference through leadership in the Latino community. My professional goal as a future physician is to serve my Latino community in the Rio Grande Valley (southernmost tip of Texas), which is an underserved area in desperate need of primary health care physicians. My plan as a future physician is to emphasize disease prevention.
 

M2:

Carlos Estrada Alamo, Harvard Medical School,

Boston, MA

Growing up I was keenly aware of being an undocumented student; however, I refused to succumb to the fate this would entail. My desire to pursue an MD/MBA with a focus in healthcare delivery stems from a profound interest in reducing health disparities and improving patient outcomes.
 

M3:

Raquel Rodriguez

University of California Los Angeles,

Los Angeles, CA

My clinical rotations in the Los Angeles county hospital system reminded me of the issues that inspired my foray into medicine and thus I decided to enroll in a dual degree program in order to learn more about health policy. I hope to serve as a mentor for other students who lack the support to pursue health-related careers. I expect that my commitment to work with underserved communities will continue to fuel my endeavors.

M4:

Alvaro Galvis

University of California- Irvine

Irvine, CA

My involvements in LMSA and NHMA greatly influenced my growth as a leader and an advocate. I aspire to impact society by addressing the complexity of issues confronting us such as inadequate educational system, shortage of health care resources, and lack of health advocacy. I will utilize my MD/PhD to bring clinical resources and basic science research into underserved communities and to advocate in local, regional and national health forums.

 


2014
Carlos Montes
Georgina Amarol
Marisa Castillo


2013
Matthew Dominguez
Roman McInnerney
Maria Montes

2012
Emma Olivera
Crystal Castañeda
Gricelda Gomez
Jasmine Swaniker

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