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Latino Health Student Research Scholarship

The Latino Health Research Scholarship was developed in 2017 to support, encourage, and facilitate scholarly research and academic engagement by LMSA-West medical students. This scholarship will provide them with an opportunity to fund their projects, prepare their research, and/or disseminate their work in the areas of Latino health and health disparities. The aims of this scholarship are to promote the exchange of information related to Latino health and to increase the number of Latino students and Latino health-focused academic research. Read more about previous scholarship recipients here.

LMSA-West will provide one (1) scholarship recipient with a one-time research scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to support the development and dissemination of novel research in areas of Latino health and health disparities. This scholarship is sponsored by AltaMed.

*Current academic year: 2023-2024

Questions? Email 

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Deadline: February 16th, 2024 11:59 PM PST
Applications are currently open. 


  • Must have a developed project in process with an assigned mentor and timeline and all necessary certifications per institution (IRB approval, consent, translation, etc).

  • Must have a demonstrated financial need for funds for study recruitment, supplies, printing, travel, etc.

  • All LMSA-West medical students with demonstrated research projects are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students conducting research addressing Latino health and health disparities.

  • Must be committed to pursuing a career in medicine and dedicated to serving Latino and underserved communities.

  • Must be a dues-paying pre-med member of LMSA-West. (Can contact LMSA Executive Board for financial assistance if needed).

  • Applicants will submit their CV, letter of intent, and recommendation letter from a school faculty or research preceptor justifying the use of funds.

  • Students are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

  • Must be a resident or attending school within the LMSA-West region states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).

  • Must submit a CV, letter of intent, and recommendation letter from a school faculty or research preceptor justifying the use of funds.

  • LMSA-West reserves the right to withdraw or withhold the scholarship pending the submission of necessary documents.

How to Apply:

  • All application materials should be submitted via email and attached in a single Adobe Acrobat PDF format titled "LMSA-West Latino Health Student Research Scholarship – Applicant Last Name, First Initial, Application year" to

As a first generation Hispanic, doctors visits were a luxury. There was no available insurance for my parents, which strayed them away from medical care. When they did have the opportunity to seek medical attention, no one was able to help them. My inspiration and dedication came from not only my parents but those who are unable to reach medical professionals. I will continue my education to eliminate such barriers and make it more accessible for the underserved communities."

Past Scholarship recipient.

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