Pathways To Medicine Scholarship For College Students In Canada 2019

The Cumming School of Medicine has designed the new Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program to support the enrollment and success of future MD students from traditionally under-represented groups throughout Alberta.

The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program is designed for graduating high school students with an explicit interest in pursuing a career in medicine.

The scholarship is modeled on similar programs in the United States, and is rooted in the results of a faculty-wide survey in 2014 in which ‘supporting access to under-represented populations (of low socioeconomic status, Indigenous ancestry, and/or from a rural community)’ was ranked as a high priority for education.


The scholarship includes tuition support for your choice of University of Calgary undergraduate program, a relocation allowance if you need it, supports a paid summer internship, and connects you with mentors from the faculty, student body and community.


When you complete your undergraduate degree you are guaranteed admission (assuming certain criteria are met) into the university’s MD program.

If you’re a graduating high school student from anywhere in Alberta and you want to help people live healthier lives, your pathway to medicine could start right now.

  • Tuition and fees: $5,000/year (for four years).
  • Relocation allowance: up to $1,000.
  • Summer internship: $6,000 (in third year).

Scholarship recipients will also have:

  • Access to formal clinical shadowing experiences within the Cumming School of Medicine while an undergraduate.
  • Access to a sponsored MCAT preparatory course.
  • Assistance from program staff to secure external tuition support.
  • Involvement in an enrichment program throughout undergraduate studies.


Five (5) scholarships.


The award is tenable for the entire duration of your undergraduate degree in Canada.


Pathways To Medicine Scholarship is awarded yearly to domestic and international high school leavers and college students resident in Canada. You are strongly advised to visit this website regularly to see more scholarship opportunities.

Important Information: Applicants should note that some universities require that they must apply for admission to the University or be existing students of the university before they can be considered for a Scholarship. Most Universities offering scholarships are unable to consider any scholarship applications from students who have not been offered a place at the university while some other universities automatically award scholarships to international students whom have an admission offer of a place in the university.


Canadian and International applicants resident in Alberta, Canada are eligible to apply for Pathways To Medicine Scholarship.


Scholarships can be taken at University of Calgary, Canada.



Below are the criteria for award:

  • Applicants must apply to their undergraduate degree program of choice at the University of Calgary independently.
  • The scholarship applies only to studies at the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants must be residents of Alberta as defined by the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) Admission Policy. See MD Program Applicant Manual
  • Only students from a low socioeconomic status background are eligible for this scholarship. Consideration will be given to applicants who are of Indigenous ancestry and/or from a rural community.
    • Note: Low socioeconomic status is defined as having an average gross family income (as reported on line 260 of parental and personal tax returns) that is 1.5 times or less than the Statistics Canada before tax “low income cut offs” (LICO) for the past two to three years.
    • Note: Applicants whose parents hold graduate or professional degrees (e.g. MBA, PhD, MD, LLB, etc.) will be considered on a case by case basis, but are unlikely to be awarded a scholarship.  The scholarship is intended to primarily support individuals who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in addition to financial disadvantages.
    • Note: Rural is defined as having graduated high school in a community of less than 15,000 inhabitants.
    • Note: Indigenous applicants must provide a status card/certificate of Indian Status or offer other documentation of indigenous ancestry. Metis applicants must provide a valid Metis membership card issued by a recognized provincial Metis organization associated with the Metis National Council.
  • All applicants must provide a letter of nomination from your high school principal or a representative from a recognized community organization, Indigenous group or rural community.
    • Note: Community organization is defined as a non-profit or geographic entity that serves or represents the target populations (rural, indigenous, or under-served urban). Organizations may nominate a maximum of two applicants per application year.



Please see application for admission to the University of Calgary.

All applicants who express an interest in the scholarship program will be asked to complete a preliminary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship application by the deadline below.


The Pathways to Medicine Committee will review the preliminary applications and shortlist based on two criteria: that the applicant fits with the vision of the pathways program and that the applicant demonstrates a strong academic ability.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a full secondary application and take part in an interview process with the committee.


The deadline to apply to the University of Calgary is March 1, 2019. Applicants will be informed of award decisions by the end of June 2019.

Updated: November 1, 2018 — 9:21 pm

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