Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program at University of Calgary in Canada, 2019

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

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.

Degree Level: Undergraduate degree program
Field: Medicine
Host Country: Canada

  • 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

Number of Scholarships: 5
Eligible Countries: Canadian students


  • 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. More information can be found in the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Applicant Manual.
    • 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.


The deadline to apply to the University of Calgary is March 1, 2019 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 March 1, 2019.

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.

Applicants will be informed of award decisions by the end of June 2019.



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