NOW Accepting SMA Research and Endowment Fund Scholarship Applications!


Scholarships and a travel stipend are awarded annually to 4th year medical students and are presented each year at the SMA Annual Assembly.


Fourth Year Medical Student Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Southern Medical Association and the SMA’s Physicians-in-Training (PIT) Committee is proud to announce that applications are being accepted for the “SMA Research and Education Endowment Fund Scholarship Awards” for 2022. 

Two scholarships will be awarded; each will provide financial assistance in the form of a $2,000 scholarship for tuition or other required expenses to a fourth  year medical student in need of financial aid who exhibits both academic and leadership qualities. 

Scholarship recipients will have the option to attend the SMA Annual Assembly (virtually or in-person) on October 28-30, 2022, in Pigeon Forge, TN. If traveling, a $500 travel stipend will be provided to accept the scholarship award.

Please share this information with all eligible medical students. For additional information email:

Even if you are not eligible to apply for our Scholarships, you are eligible for our membership benefits, and medical student membership with SMA is free! To learn more about SMA membership and PIT initiatives, visit:

Deadline to Submit an Application: August 22, 2022 11:59 PM CST

Scholarships Available

  • Society of 1906 Medical Student Scholarship - $2000 + $500 Travel Stipend.
  • Society of 1924 Scholarship - $2000 + $500 Travel Stipend.
  • Individual and Corporate Named Scholarships may also be awarded.

If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of form within 72 hours, please contact

  • All applicants must be rising 4th year medical students set to graduate in May/June 2023.
  • Must be an SMA Member (membership is FREE for medical students). Not a member? Click here to join:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • Must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States, or have DACA status.

Scholarship Recipient Requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must be willing to consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for social media, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that SMA’s Board, and/or staff representatives deems fit to use.

  • Scholarship recipients will have the option to attend the SMA Annual Assembly, taking place October 28-30 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in-person with a $500 travel stipend, or may accept their scholarship award virtually. Video recordings of acceptance may also be requested.

  1. Application form through the online portal at
    Responses limited to 150 words in these 6 areas:

    • Financial Need
    • Career Goals in Medicine
    • Leadership Qualities
    • Community Service
    • Research/Medical Education
    • Other Interests
  2. Upload the following through the online portal

    • Letter of enrollment or letter of good standing on medical school letterhead
    • Medical school transcript (copy/unofficial transcript acceptable)
    • Resume/CV - (Optional, and must be uploaded at the time of submission)

Applications, including all required recommendation letters and supporting documents, will ONLY be accepted through the online portal at  

We will NOT accept documents via email, mail and/or fax. Please make sure that you have checked all of your answers, proofread carefully, and have uploaded ALL documents prior to submission. Once you have completed all tasks, make sure that you have selected "SUBMIT". Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation of receipt, along with a copy of your submission.

Materials must be submitted through the application portal on or before August 22, 2022, 11:59 PM CST. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Award recipients will be notified via email in September. 

Student Membership in SMA is Free!
Join SMA and become a medical student member! There is no cost associated with this membership, and scholarships are only available to SMA members.

Questions? Email us!

Past Scholarship Award Recipients

Year Type of Scholarship Recipient School State
2013 Society of 1924 Brian T. Buning University of South Alabama College of Medicine Alabama
2014 Society of 1924 Nathanial S. Nolan University of Missouri School of Medicine Missouri
2015 Society of 1924 Allie Steinberger Tulane University School of Medicine Louisiana
2016 Society of 1906 Narine Wandrey University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Texas
2016 Society of 1924 Douglas Bennion University of Florida College of Medicine Florida
2017 Society of 1906 Daniel Peters University of South Carolina School of Medicine South Carolina
2017 Society of 1924 Benjamin Smood University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Alabama
2018 Society of 1906 Paul Oh Keck School of Medicine at USC California
2018 Society of 1924 Andres Santos Paul L Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech University HSC at El Paso Texas
2021 Society of 1906 Dr. Russell J. Ledet Tulane School of Medicine and Freeman School of Business Louisiana
2021 Society of 1924 Nidhi Patel University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Florida