Medical Scholarship Details

Due to donor instructions, medical scholarships only available for MD or DO candidates.

Please use our electronic application to apply beginning in October 2024, and feel free to contact the Office of Student Aid with any questions.

Prior to completing your application, please confirm with your medical school the name and address to which the check should be mailed if you are awarded a scholarship.

Each year the Student Aid Committee at Bowdoin College awards financial assistance from these funds to students who are in need of student aid and who are attending medical school in an MD or DO program. The committee meets to review applications at the end of January and awards are mailed to medical school programs shortly thereafter. There are no restrictions concerning renewal of awards from one year to the next. Even though committee decisions vary somewhat from year to year depending upon the income that the funds earn and the number of candidates applying for aid, we can usually provide assistance to approximately forty students with individual awards ranging from $900 to $5,000. You may review the qualifications for each scholarship fund below.

  • Garcelon and Merritt Fund: Preference to Bowdoin College graduates who are eligible for assistance in their first year of medical school.
  • Robinson-Davis Fund: Sixty percent of the income from the fund is available for those who intend to study and practice medicine, preference being given to natives and residents of the state of Maine.
  • Earl Kendall Van Swearingen Scholarship Fund: The income is to be used to support a scholarship or scholarships to be awarded to the best premedical students for their medical education.
  • Dr. Ralph Fessenden Goodhue Fund: The income is to be used annually for scholarship aid for deserving graduates of Bowdoin College who are of limited means and are starting or continuing medical school training in preparation for general practice of medicine in some New England area or community, which is not thickly settled and is in particular need of such service. Preference shall be given to Maine residents.
  • Root Graduate Scholarship: To graduates of Bowdoin College who are Maine residents pursuing graduate work in chemistry, archaeology, or medicine.
  • 919 Fellowship Fund: Established in 2009 in support of scholarships to Bowdoin graduates consistent with College policies governing financial assistance to its students, to Bowdoin alumni pursuing graduate studies in pediatric medicine or at Harvard Business School.