Education for Service Opportunities
Education for Service opportunities provide funds for students to finance their education in exchange for a commitment to serve the community and create a more diverse health care workforce that cares for underserved populations. Funding can take the form of a scholarship (which will revert to the loan in cases of default) or a forgivable loan.
For Medicine Students
David and Inez Myers Foundation Scholarship
The David and Inez Myers Foundation scholarship was created to provide a NEOMED-CSU Partnership Program medicine student with a scholarship to offset tuition, fees and institutional charges at NEOMED for study in the College of Medicine.
In exchange for this scholarship, the recipient would practice one year as a physician and provide medical services in an under-served urban community (as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration) in Northeast Ohio (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne County) in primary care (family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry) for every year of scholarship awarded.
$25,000 per year; awarded annually so long as the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria, and is renewable for up to a total of four years (maximum award $100,000).
- Demonstrated financial need
- Demonstrated prior academic success by earning a minimum GPA of 3.5 during Phase 1 at CSU of the NEOMED-CSU partnership program
- Successfully matriculate to NEOMED
- Perform satisfactorily in the CSU and medical school curriculum, including all standards of academic and professionalism; and
- Agree to practice full-time in primary care (family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry) in an under-served urban community (as defined by Health Resources and Services Administration) in Northeast Ohio (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne County) for one year post-residency for every year of scholarship awarded. Students who receive the full four years of funding will have a four-year post-residency commitment; and
- Annual affirmation of continued interest to practice in primary care in an underserved urban community in Northeast Ohio by signing an annual promissory note.
- CV or resume;
- Personal statement describing extra-curricular community service and/or volunteer activities that demonstrate a commitment to primary care, urban health and to practicing in Northeast Ohio (750 words maximum); and
- Three letters of recommendation (two from faculty members, one personal) that speak to your decision to practice primary care in Northeast Ohio. Recommended references include a primary care physician you’ve shadowed, a volunteer manager from one of your community services experiences, or other mentors that truly understand your passion for practicing primary care in Northeast Ohio.
Letters of recommendation should be written to the Education for Service Scholarship Committee.
Applicants must submit their application materials to the Office of Enrollment Services, c/o Sarah Moore. Submissions may be made in person or electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A holistic review of the applicant’s academics, financial information, and application materials will occur in the selection of the recipient. Application materials will be reviewed by the Education for Service Scholarship Committee (“Committee”); the Committee will identify a condensed list of candidates who will be invited to interview with the Committee. After the interview process, the Committee will identify the scholarship recipient.
Mercy Health Education for Service Loan to Scholarship Fund
The Mercy Health Education for Service Loan to Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to medicine students at NEOMED.
The loan recipient(s) shall provide one year of service through employment by Mercy Health in a primary care, general surgery and other needed specialty in underserved, rural and disadvantaged communities served by Mercy Health for each year the student received a scholarship (“Work Commitment”), i.e., a student who received a scholarship for all four years of training at NEOMED shall provide for four Service Years to Mercy Health. The amount received shall be treated as a loan, provided that for each month of student’s employment by Mercy Health in fulfillment of the Work Commitment, one month’s amortization payment shall be forgiven (additional details found in promissory note).
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is committed to improving the health of the nation’s underserved. Communities, health care facilities, health professionals, the Ohio Department of Health Primary Care Office, and the NHSC work together to increase access to care in our state of Ohio.
More than 50,000 primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals have served in the National Health Service Corps since its inception.
Today, 9,600 NHSC members provide culturally competent care to more than 10 million people. We provide this care at 5,000 NHSC-approved health care sites in urban, rural, and frontier areas. In addition to Corps providers currently providing care, nearly 1,100 additional members are in school or residency, preparing to practice. NHSC Jobs Center
NEOMED’s Area Health Education Center, located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine have two ambassadors to walk you through the process of applying for a NHSC scholarship, student to service, or loan repayment programs.