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Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET

These awards consist of five scholarships given to outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care. They also should have demonstrated leadership initiative in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. 

Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship. Recipients are required to accept the award at Learn Serve Lead 2024: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA (travel and registration costs covered by the AAMC).

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Learn about Dr. Herbert W. Nickens’ contributions to academic medicine in Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Nickens Awards.

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Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

A medical school may nominate one student per year for this award. A candidate must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status
  • Entering the third year of study in a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school in Fall 2024

Students enrolled in combined degree programs (such as MD/PhD) are eligible when they are entering their third year of medical school.

The nomination packet must include:

  1. A nomination letter from the medical school’s dean or dean’s designee (not to exceed four double-spaced pages) stating verbatim that the candidate has maintained good academic standing throughout the first two years (“maintained good academic standing” must be stated for consideration) and discussing the nominee’s:
    • Demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal, and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities
    • Research projects, and/or extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership abilities
    • When describing the nominee’s efforts, please indicate their specific role and if these efforts were initiated by the nominee as a new program/initiative or an expanded effort based on existing work.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the GSA Institutional Student Diversity Affairs Representative (not to exceed four double-spaced pages). Should the institution not have a GSA representative, the nominator must be noted in the online contact information section as the replacement.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member (not to exceed four double-spaced pages).
  4. A personal statement by the nominee assessing their leadership efforts in eliminating inequities in medical education and health care for racial and ethnic minorities (not to exceed two double-spaced pages).
  5. A curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee that includes contact information and clearly highlights awards, activities, honors, and scholarships that show commitment to eliminating inequities.

All letters and personal statements should be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, and be written in Times New Roman 12-point font. Nomination packets should not include hyperlinks. Hyperlinks will not be reviewed.

Please address all questions to:
Angela Moses


Amani Allen
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Max-Edouard Cornely, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine

Andrés Antonio Maldonado
University of California Davis School of Medicine

Shaheed Marquis Muhammad 
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Noelle Thompson
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Past Recipients