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Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

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 award.

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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 2022

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 health-care needs of racial and ethnic minorities
    • Awards and honors that show commitment to eliminating inequities
    • Special research projects, and/or extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership abilities
    • Any outstanding achievement while in medical school
  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, which clearly highlights awards and scholarships, and includes contact information.

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.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 1, 2022. Late nominations will not be considered.

Please address all questions to:
Angela Moses


Kaylin G. Batey
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Victor A. Lopez-Carmen (Waokiya Mani in Dakota Language)
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and is also from the Yaqui Nation
Harvard Medical School

Tegan Marie Carr
University of Minnesota Medical School

Nyah Rodman
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Christian Tejeda
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Past Recipients