University of Calgary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program


    The University of Calgary is offering Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program for the academic year 2018-2019.

    The Cumming School of Medicine has designed the new Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program to support the enrollment and success of future MD students from traditionally under-represented groups throughout Alberta.

    A group of dedicated general practitioners bring speciality training in family medicine to Calgary. A three-year residency for certification in General Practice is piloted at the Calgary General Hospital.

    The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program is designed for graduating high school students with an explicit interest in pursuing a career in medicine.

    The scholarship is modeled on similar programs in the United States, and is rooted in the results of a faculty-wide survey in 2014 in which ‘supporting access to under-represented populations (of low socioeconomic status, Indigenous ancestry, and/or from a rural community)’ was ranked as a high priority for education.

    The program will provide financial support to assist with tuition and fees (four years, undergraduate program), a relocation allowance and a paid summer internship typically after the third year, an enrichment program, along with support and mentorship from faculty and medical students.

    What You Need To Know About The University of Calgary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program in Canada

    Students must secure admission into any undergraduate program at the University of Calgary and will be expected to participate regularly in an MD preparatory program within the Cumming School of Medicine.

    Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, participants will be granted guaranteed admission to the University of Calgary MD program, subject to the fulfillment of predefined MD admission criteria (GPA, MCAT and interview requirements).

    Level / Field of Study:

    Scholarships are available to study an Undergraduate program. The Scholarship is awarded to study any of the subjects offered by the university.

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    Scholarship Benefits:

    Tuition and fees: $5,000/year (for four years)
    Relocation allowance: up to $1,000
    Summer internship: $6,000 (in the third year)

    The University of Calgary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Eligibility:

    • Eligible Countries: Scholarship is available for domestic students.
    • Entrance Requirement: Applicants must apply to their undergraduate degree program of choice at the University of Calgary independently.
    • The scholarship applies only to studies at the University of Calgary.
    • Only students from a low socioeconomic status background are eligible for this scholarship. Consideration will be given to applicants who are of Indigenous ancestry and/or from a rural community.
    • Note: Low socioeconomic status is defined as having an average gross family income (as reported on line 260 of parental and personal tax returns) that is 1.5 times or less than the Statistics Canada before tax “low-income cut-offs” (LICO) for the past two to three years. More information can be found in the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Applicant Manual.
    • Note: Applicants whose parents hold graduate or professional degrees (e.g. MBA, PhD, MD, LLB, etc.) will be considered on a case by case basis, but are unlikely to be awarded a scholarship.  The scholarship is intended to primarily support individuals who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in addition to financial disadvantages.
    • Note: Rural is defined as having graduated high school in a community of fewer than 15,000 inhabitants.
    • Note: Indigenous applicants must provide a status card/certificate of Indian Status or offer other documentation of indigenous ancestry. Metis applicants must provide a
    • Metis membership card issued by a recognized provincial Metis organization associated with the Metis National Council.
    • All applicants must provide a letter of nomination from your high school principal or a representative from a recognized community organization, Indigenous group or rural community.
    • Note: Community organization is defined as a non-profit or geographic entity that serves or represents the target populations (rural, indigenous, or under-served urban). Organizations may nominate a maximum of two applicants per application year.

    How to Apply The University of Calgary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship

    • The deadline to apply to the University of Calgary is March 1, 2019, please see application for admission to the University of Calgary.

      All applicants who express an interest in the scholarship program will be asked to complete a preliminary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship application by March 1, 2019.

      The Pathways to Medicine Committee will review the preliminary applications and shortlist based on two criteria: that the applicant fits with the vision of the pathways program and that the applicant demonstrates a strong academic ability. Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a full secondary application and take part in an interview process with the committee.

      Applicants will be informed of award decisions by the end of June 2019.

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2019





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