VA is piloting a new scholarship program which will pay medical school tuition for select Veterans. The pilot, known as the Veterans Healing Veterans Medical Access & Scholarship Program, is authorized under the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This innovative program will create a pipeline of clinicians who uniquely understand Veterans’ needs while addressing the long-term staffing needs at VA medical centers.
Under this program, which became effective on Dec. 13, 2019, two eligible Veteran students from each of nine medical schools will receive full tuition and a monthly stipend for their medical education. In return, Veterans under scholarship will commit four years of practice at a VAMC upon completing their training, board certification, and residency. Currently, the pilot extends funding to Veterans entering medical school in 2020.
VA is partnering with the following nine institutions which includes five Teague-Cranston Schools and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities:
- Texas A&M College of Medicine
- Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University
- Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University
- Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine
- Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
- Howard University College of Medicine
- Meharry Medical College
- Morehouse School of Medicine
Veterans are considered eligible if they apply within 10 years of leaving the Armed Forces. They must also be accepted for the entering class of 2020 at one of the nine partner schools. Veterans must not receive other educational aid and explicitly state on the application their intent to be considered for the program.