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Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships

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 and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Nomination Process

The nomination process is open. The deadline to email your nomination packet is May 6, 2016. (Print Check List )

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

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident and
  • Entering the third year of study in a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school in fall 2016. 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 stating that the candidate has maintained good academic standing throughout the first two years, (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 medical school's institutional GSA diversity affairs officer

3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member

4. A personal statement by the nominee, which does not exceed two double space pages, assessing their leadership efforts in eliminating inequities in medical education and health care for racial and ethnic minorities

5. A curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee, which clearly highlight awards and scholarships, and includes contact information

*All letters and personal statements should be doubled-spaced with 1”margins, and size 12, Times New roman font.

Please email your completed nomination package (in a single file) to Angela Moses at by May 6, 2016. Late nominations will not be considered.

Commemorating Dr. Herbert W. Nickens' Legacy

Interactive Commemorative Program:
Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine 

Nickens Medical Student Checklist

Medical Student Scholarship Nomination Packet Checklist 

2016 Nickens Student Award Brochure

2016 Student Nickens Award Brochure 

2015 Nickens Student Scholarship Recipients

2015 Nickens Student Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Buck
Weill Cornell Medical College

Maximillian Joseph Vincent Cruz
Cooper Medical School of Rowan Univeristy

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Jaire Saunders
University of California Riverside School of Medicine

Mary Tate
Harvard Medical School

Read more about the 2015 recipients 

Previous Nickens Student Scholarship Award Recipients

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