Scholarships

Health Services Scholarship Program

The Lazarus Family Scholarship Program

Health Services Scholarship Program

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a variety of competitive scholarship programs to assist in funding exceptional projects related to healthcare and medicine.  The Health Services Scholarship Program is designed to provide funding for summer experiential opportunities in the following areas: community health, emergency management, environmental health, global health, health policy, integrative medicine, medical education, medical humanities, technology in medicine, preventive medicine, research, and clinical practice innovation and entrepreneurship.  Funding for the Health Services Scholarships come from a variety of sources; a limited number of scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded.  

Eligible Students

  • First year medical students
  • Good academic standing (the award is contingent upon the student’s good academic standing throughout the duration of the accepted program).

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The Lazarus Family Scholarship Program

The Lazarus Family Scholarship Program was established by Gerald Lazarus, MD, class of ’63 and Audrey Jakubowski Lazarus, PhD, to support medical students while they pursue extraordinary educational opportunities in healthcare.  This program is designed to provide pivotal experiences for future leaders in healthcare.

This program will enable a student per year from every class (MS II - MS IV) to pursue a project or program, as defined below.  Students will apply in the spring of their second year of medical school, and the chosen candidate will receive funding during their remaining years of medical school.      

The goal is to select a distinguished individual who has an interest in health services research and scholarship who over the course of the remaining years of medical school will learn special skills to enable her/him to achieve distinction in: health care planning, health care delivery, advocacy for the underserved, population medicine, evidence- based medicine, international health, maternal and child health, or design of health care management.  The unique setting of GW in the nation’s capital provides a wonderful opportunity for such a program. Where appropriate, the students program can involve the George Washington University Schools of Public Health, Business, International Relations or Law. Depending on the program, the awarding of a second degree such as MPH, MBA or master’s in international health or relationships is encouraged. The funds are not to be used to support scientific bench research or development of case series or limited clinical trials of specific agents.

Eligible candidates must be officially enrolled in the Scholarly Concentration (Track) Program, offered through the Office of Student Professional Enrichment, and/or working closely with an appropriate faculty preceptor within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences or the School of Public Health.  Each candidate for the Lazarus Scholar distinction, in collaboration with their mentor/faculty preceptor, will develop a proposal which adheres to the program guidelines.  In addition, students must include how they would spend their award in accordance with specific objectives of the program.  This could include payment of tuition for an MPH or MBA; support for a year-off during medical school; conference attendance; research projects; or specialized travel.  Individualized curricula will include input form Gerald and Audrey Lazarus as the program design is enhanced for each student.

Each year, a second year student will be chosen competitively to become a Lazarus Scholar in Healthcare Delivery.  These honorees will hold this distinction during their remaining years of Medical School.  The approximate award will be $8,000/year (exact amount is dependent on the endowment payout and the contribution of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences).

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