University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program

$36,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/31/2023Submission Deadline

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The Arizona Legislature established the University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program of $36,000 to address Arizona’s shortage of primary care professionals (PCPs). Arizona’s current lack of PCPs is estimated to be nearly 600 statewide. The scholarship program aims to meet the shortage by covering the tuition associated with medical education in exchange to practice primary care in a rural or urban underserved community in Arizona.

Eligible applicants are students that are admitted or enrolled as full-time students at the College of Medicine-Phoenix. Applicants must have completed and submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants are required to have sought and accepted all other non-loan aid for which they qualify, to the greatest extent practicable.

Applicants must commit to a minimum of two years of service with a maximum of four years. Applicants, who accept the scholarship, are required to maintain continuous enrollment as full-time medical students at the university and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of the award receive the disbursement through the student Bursar’s account for the fall and spring semesters.

Key Information of University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

College of Medicine Phoenix, UA

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctorate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 31.

June 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced on June 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Graduate – Doctorate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Arizona
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • Financial Information

How to ace the University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program


Demonstrate interest in practicing a primary-care specialty

In your application, describe your interest and motivations to practice in the area of family medicine, general internal medicine, geriatric medicine, general pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, or psychiatry to increase your chances of an award.


Maintain high academic performance

The scholarship is highly competitive and awardees must maintain high academic performance to continue receiving the scholarship. Be sure to maintain high grades and a high GPA in high school to increase your chances of an award and provide you momentum to continue excelling in university.


Demonstrate your interest in serving Arizona

The scholarship is awarded to help meet the medical needs of rural or underserved regions of Arizona. In your application, describe any community service or volunteer work you have engaged in. Be sure to describe how you intend to use your education and skills to serve Arizona if you receive the award.


Demonstrate financial need

To increase your chances of an award, you must demonstrate your efforts to seek other non-loan aid for which you qualify. Describe the outcome of any other non-loan aid applications you have made. Be sure to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How the University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program is Judged

The application process is competitive. Therefore, evaluation is based on academic excellence, commitment to the field, work experience, and community service demonstrating a clear and strong interest in practicing a primary care specialty.

Why We Love the University of Arizona Primary Care Scholarship Program


Recipients do not need to reapply

Students, who maintain satisfactory academic progress and continue to pursue a specialty in primary care or other critical access specialties, do not need to reapply each year for the scholarship.


Students challenged to give back to community

During the application process, applicants are made aware of the alarming physician shortages in Arizona and are challenged to help meet this need through their education and service.


Applicants determine their career path

Since students are required to practice a primary care specialty, applicants are challenged to determine their preferred specialty and map out their career path at an early stage.

5 Facts about the College of Medicine Phoenix


The College’s history dates back to 1967

In 1992, downtown Phoenix was being used as a regional campus for the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, founded in 1967.


Establishment is a result of statewide collaboration

In August 2004, the Arizona Board of Regents, the City of Phoenix, the Transnational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Phoenix-area teaching hospitals led to the establishment of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus which later became home to the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix.


Empowered by four pillars

The Education Pillar, Research Pillar, Clinical Pillar, and Community Service Pillar converge and synergistically form the foundation of the College in its mission and vision for the future.


First graduation in 2011

On May 12, 2011, the first class of 24 medical students graduated from the College.


Incorporates technology to improve learning experience

The College houses the Center for Simulation and Innovation, which is a 33,000-square-foot mock hospital equipped with state-of-the-art mannequins, virtual reality, and other sophisticated technology to train students.


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