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PAMF Scholarships Help Pay for Future Doctors’ Education

With our country’s aging population and the continued rise in chronic diseases, ensuring there are enough doctors to take care of our increasingly complex health needs is a daunting challenge. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is helping to meet this critical need by awarding scholarships to deserving students who are committed to becoming future doctors.

Since 2007, PAMF’s affiliate Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center in Santa Cruz and the Central California Alliance for Health have awarded a two-year, $5,000 scholarship ($10,000 total) to pay the medical fees of a University of California, Santa Cruz health sciences graduate, who is dedicated to returning to his or her local community to take care of uninsured patients.

This year’s scholarship winner, David Pham, has gained hands-on medical experience working as an intern for a local Santa Cruz family medicine doctor and during a medical mission to Honduras. With ambitions of becoming a pediatrician, Pham has volunteered regularly with an East Palo Alto charter school’s healthy eating program and as a Spanish translator at the Watsonville RotaCare community clinic.

As part of our commitment to supporting future generations of doctors, PAMF physicians also awarded scholarships to the following three outstanding local high school students to help pay for their undergraduate studies:

  • Roshni Bhatnagar from Harker School in San Jose, who will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Raymond Downer from Santa Cruz High School, who is going to University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nina Ho from Carlmont High School in Belmont, who will be attending the University of California, Berkeley

The Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship, established in 1993 and funded by our physicians, provides $5,000 a year (a total of $20,000 per recipient) to deserving students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. Unlike most other scholarships, which are one-time awards, the PAFMG Pre-Medical Scholarship repeats for all four years of college, helping students fulfill their ambition to become a doctor and give back to their communities.


  1. Do you have any Scholarships for students who have already graduated from a four year University in pre-med sciences to go to Medical School?

  2. Hi Anna,

    Thanks for your question. This is an annual scholarship and the online application is posted on our website at in Feb/March of each year. Please visit our website at that time to see the scholarship application requirements and other information that may be helpful to you. Best wishes!

  3. Hi Cheryl,

    The scholarship we offer is only for graduating high school students who are interested in pursuing a medical career – and it is not for students who have already graduated from a four-year university. Thank you for your question and best wishes on your educational endeavors!

  4. Hi. My dad read in the newspaper that the pre-med scholarship of $20,000 deadline was extended to April 10. Is this not the case?

  5. Hi Haley,

    Yes, the deadline for the pre-medical scholarships has been extended to April 15, 2012. You can learn more on our website at: Thank you for your question and best wishes.