The purpose of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide assistance to outstanding students who will fill Wisconsin’s health care workforce needs in the future. A majority of the funds are available to students enrolled in medical school in Wisconsin with preference to those considered Wisconsin residents and those who demonstrate a desire to practice in Wisconsin upon completing their training. Limited funds are also available for students pursuing other health careers.
The Scholarship Program includes several named scholarship and award funds that are administered according to the wishes of the individual or organization that established the fund. A brief description of each fund and application materials are provided below.
Scholarships deadline is February 1.
General Scholarship Application:
The following scholarships all use the General Scholarship application Form. To apply for any of these scholarships, click here. The application contains information on how to format recommendation letters.
- Wisconsin Medical Society Presidential Scholar Award
To recognize future medical leaders, this $3,000 award is available to medical students who will be entering their final year next fall and who exemplify the attributes, skills and desire to become a medical leader in Wisconsin. In addition to general scholarship eligibility, applicants must show active involvement with the Wisconsin Medical Society or a County Medical Society. One letter of recommendation must be from a Wisconsin Medical Society member who has worked with the applicant on the Society Board of Directors, a council or task force, or locally as a County Medical Society officer. The applicant’s personal statement must highlight activities and ties to Wisconsin. Applicants not chosen for this award will automatically be considered for general scholarships.
Read about this year’s winner, Kieran McAvoy.
- Victor A. Baylon, MD, Memorial Scholarship
As a lasting tribute to Dr. Baylon, a pathologist from Racine, his family and the laboratory staff of All Saints Healthcare System, Inc. created this scholarship for medical students, medical technologists and clinical laboratory scientists. Scholarships of $1,000 or more are limited to residents of Racine or Milwaukee Counties. For background information on Dr. Baylon, click here. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application.
- Edmund J. and Estelle D. Walker and General Medical Education Scholarships
- Goodman-Goodell Scholarship
Established through an estate gift from Maurice Goodman, Jr., awards from this fund are limited to students currently in their second year of attending medical school in Wisconsin who are from the Portage, Wisconsin area and who express an interest in specializing in pulmonary medicine or in general family practice. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application.
- Robert Jason Gore Scholarship
Established with a gift from Dr. Donald and Jackie Gore in memory of their grandson, Robert Jason Gore, who was killed in Iraq, this fund is available to students attending medical school in Wisconsin. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application and in the personal statement, provide examples of how you live the values of chivalry, honor and loyalty, and how you will use those qualities in caring for patients. For more information on Robert Jason Gore, click here.
- Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship
Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship: Established by Dr. Hunter-Wilson, this scholarship is available to American Indian students who pursue training or advanced education as doctors of medicine, nurses, or in a related health field. Award amounts vary, generally $1,000 or more. For background information on the Amy Hunter Wilson, MD Scholarship, click here.
- Marathon County Medical Society Scholarship
The Marathon County Medical Society Scholarship is a $3000 award to one medical student each year who graduated from high school in Marathon County and is entering either of their final two years of medical school in Wisconsin.
- John D. and Virginia Riesch Scholarship
Established with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Riesch, this fund offers scholarships for students pursuing careers as physicians or nurses. Applicants for the medical doctor award must be attending UW School of Medicine and Public Health and nursing students must be attending UW-Madison. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application and in the personal statement, stress how you have demonstrated empathy, recognition of colleagues, passion for learning and the desire to share your knowledge to educate colleagues and patients. Preference is given to students who desire to practice in Wisconsin. One medical student and one nursing student award are available. For more information on Dr. and Mrs. Riesch, click here.
- Catherine Slota-Varma, MD Scholarship
Established with a gift from the estate of Dr. Catherine Slota-Varma, a pediatrician consistently named as a “Top Doc” in Milwaukee, this fund is available to students attending medical school in Wisconsin. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application and in the personal statement, provide information on your desire to pursue a primary care career and examples of your leadership and involvement with organized medicine whether through school organizations, the AMA, or the county or state medical society. For more information on Dr. Slota-Varma, click here.
- Rukmini and Joyce Vasudevan Scholarship
Established with a gift from Dr. Sridhar Vasudevan to honor his mother, Rukmini, and his wife, Joyce, this fund is available to female students who will be entering their third or fourth year of medical school, in Wisconsin, in the fall. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application and in your personal statement, provide examples of your compassion, caring and courage or hard work despite adversity or obstacles in life. For more information on Dr. Vasudevan, click here.
If you have any difficulty accessing the online applications or have questions, please contact the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation by calling 866.442.3800, ext. 3789 or 608.442.3789, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.