Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund began with $14,000, monies unexpectedly realized when WDMS organized and led a massive poliomyelitis immunization program in 1963. The charge for the live oral polio vaccine was 25 cents per dose.  Thousands of people came to clinics held on Sundays in the schools and manned by WDMS physicians and the Alliance.

Since the program was not intended for profit, the Society returned the money to the community by establishing a Scholarship Fund.

Our Scholarship Committee meets annually to award financial scholarships to medical students each year. The number and amounts offered vary each year based on the monies available through donations and fund raising.

Thanks to our member and sponsor contributions, last year WDMS was able to award 23 Scholarship and Book Awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,500, totaling $64,500, which were distributed at the 2021 Fall District Meeting.

Since the inception of the program nearly 1 million dollars has been awarded to 327 Central Massachusetts medical students.

The Committee will accept applications for 2022 now through September 1, 2022.
The Fall District Meeting will occur in November.

The criteria for scholarship awards will be based on scholastic achievement, financial need and community service. Scholarship awards are limited to one award per academic year and not to exceed 3 awards by the time of graduation.

Mission statement for WDMS Scholarship Program:

To lessen the burden of medical school debt for diverse medical student residents of Central Massachusetts who demonstrate commitment to community service. Consistent with our over-arching mission, please note and provide the following:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a legal resident of Central Massachusetts* at the time of applying to medical school
  • Must be currently enrolled as a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student, attending an accredited allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical school (not on leave or in your gap year, in a degree program such as an MPH or PHD, or in a fellowship year at the time that award is dispersed)
  • Must be considered a full-time student, in good academic standing and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in community service
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must submit a complete application and include:
    • Two letters of recommendation (sent directly to WDMS from author)
    • Personal essay describing a career in medicine and why they feel deserving of the award
    • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Medical School Transcript (sent directly to WDMS from student affairs office)

Verification / documentation from the medical school to be provided by the financial aid office:

  • Applicant’s good standing and enrollment as a full-time student in the program leading to the MD degree.
  • Applicant’s legal residency in Central Massachusetts* at the time of applying to medical school (list below).
  • Applicant’s ethnic and/or racial background(s) as documented in their application to medical school.
  • Verification of the applicant’s current debt and estimated debt burden upon graduation.
  • Any additional relevant information regarding the applicant’s financial need, is welcomed, for instance, first generation college status, etc.

Please submit all supporting documents to MBoucher@wdms.org

* Central Massachusetts Cities and Towns:

Ashburnham
Ashby
Athol
Auburn
Ayer
Barre
Bellingham
Berlin
Blackstone
Bolton
Boxboro
Boylston
Brimfield
Brookfield
Charlton
Clinton
Douglas
Dudley
E. Brookfield
Farnumsville
Fisherville
Fiskdale
Fitchburg
Gardner
Gilbertville
Grafton
Groton
Hardwick
Harvard
Holden

Hopedale
Hopkinton
Hubbardston
Hudson
Lancaster
Leicester
Leominster
Linwood
Lunenburg
Marlboro
Mendon
Milford
Millbury
Millville
N. Brookfield
N. Grafton
N. Oxford
N. Spencer
New Braintree
Northborough
Northbridge
Oakham
Oxford
Paxton
Pepperell
Petersham
Phillipston
Princeton
Rochdale
Royalston

Rutland
S. Lancaster
Shirley
Shrewsbury
South Barre
Southboro
Southbridge
Spencer
Sterling
Sturbridge
Sutton
Templeton
Townsend
Upton
Uxbridge
W. Auburn
W. Boylston
W. Brookfield
W. Upton
W. Warren
Warren
Webster
Westboro
Westborough
Westminster
Whitinsville
Winchedon
Worcester

*Resources: Worcester District Medical Society Bylaws.  Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

What to expect after applying:

All eligible applicants with complete applications will be interviewed either in person or by telephone/Zoom, in the early fall.  Candidates should be prepared to discuss their desire to become a physician, involvement with community service/volunteer opportunities, unique attributes, and financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select recipients based on the criteria above and all recipients will be notified by mid-October and our Fall District meeting will occur in mid-November. If in person, you will be invited to attend along with guests to accept the award. If via Zoom, we will have a virtual presentation.

For questions call or email Melissa Boucher at 508-753-1579 or MBoucher@wdms.org

To apply, please fill out the form below:

"*" indicates required fields

Applicant Information

Sex*
Ethnicity*

Contact Information

Address*
Legal Address*
Address at time of application to medical school*
Member of Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS):*
Member of Worcester District Medical Society:*

Education

Expected Date of Graduation*
Date of Graduation*
Date of Graduation*
 

Work/Volunteer Experience

Academic Achievements/Needs

Financial Aid Office

Note: Financial aid offices in all accredited medical schools deduct the award amount from the loan amount available. It is your responsibility to contact your financial aid office for the documents listed above.
Consent*
Consent
The information supplied by me on this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that misrepresentation may cause denial or withdrawal of the scholarship.
Date*

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