Definitions for primary care typically refer to family physicians, general internists or general pediatricians. However, for the purposes of this scholarship, we also include three other critical access specialties — psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and geriatric medicine — due to particular shortages in these specialties in Arizona. Thus, this scholarship considers a “primary care physician” as someone who has successfully completed medical school at the University of Arizona and completed residency or fellowship training in one of the following specialties:

  • Family medicine.
  • General internal medicine.
  • Geriatric medicine.
  • General pediatrics.
  • Obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Psychiatry.

Regions within every Arizona county have received at least one of three federal designations:

These shortage areas are determined and managed by the Bureau of Health Professions within the Health Resources and Services Administration who identify geographic areas or specific populations within those areas that lack adequate health care resources. The resources available in a given area are evaluated based on physician supply relative to population size — although numerous other factors are also considered.

Eligible applicants for the scholarship must:

  • Be Arizona residents as determined by the University of Arizona for tuition purposes.
  • Be admitted or enrolled as a full-time medical student at the College of Medicine – Phoenix.
  • Have completed and submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and, to the greatest extent practicable, sought and accepted all other non-loan aid for which they qualify.
    • For example, American Medical Association scholarships, Indian Health Service scholarships, the American Medical Women’s Association Medical Education scholarship or other private scholarships.

For Spring 2020, the application window will open on Friday, November 22, at 9:30 a.m., and it will close Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Awardees will be notified on January 9, 2020. Students will need to sign an agreement and promissory note between Jan. 10-14, 2020. Once signed, the funds will be posted to their financial accounts on Jan. 15, 2020.

The scholarship will be awarded in conjunction with any other offered financial aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year (AY) and disbursed to the student Bursar's account. This disbursement will apply toward the owed spring 2020 tuition. The Primary Care Scholarship, in conjunction with other financial aid funds, cannot be awarded in excess of the cost of attendance and will not generate a supplemental refund. If a student has already accepted other financial aid for the spring 2020 semester (19-20 AY), the scholarship will replace the loans first and then any other aid up to the tuition amount. 

The scholarship will be awarded in conjunction with any other offered financial aid for the 2020-2021 Academic Year (AY) and disbursed to the student Bursar's account for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. If a student has accepted other financial aid in excess of the Primary Care Scholarship, and the total aid disbursed exceeds charges, a refund will generate based on the selected Bursar's refund options. The Primary Care Scholarship, in combination of other aid, cannot be offered in excess of the cost of attendance and will not generate a supplemental refund. When a student has been awarded to the cost of attendance, the scholarship will replace the loans first.   

By accepting this scholarship, you will be required to maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time medical student in the University, and you must also maintain satisfactory academic progress. These standards are described in the University catalog. If you cease to be enrolled as a medical student at the University of Arizona, your scholarship will convert to a personal, interest-bearing loan; and you will be required to reimburse the University for the total scholarship amount received.  

No. Once you have been awarded a scholarship through this program, it will continue to cover all tuition throughout the remainder of your time in medical school; this is provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress and continue to pursue a specialty in primary care or other critical access specialty, as defined by the University of Arizona.

Medical school tuition at UArizona is $33,402* (in-state) and $54,980* (out-of-state) per year.

*These costs may fluctuate on a yearly basis.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has 338 students currently enrolled, and we have slots for up to 80 students in each class. This number will increase to 100 with the incoming 2020 class (the Class of 2024).