Scholarships for Medical Students
The Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program aims to alleviate Maine’s shortage of physicians by providing scholarships to eligible medical students. These scholarships help mitigate the cost of a medical education, enabling students to pursue careers in primary care. Many scholarship recipients choose to practice in and serve the health care needs of Maine’s communities.
It allows us the freedom to invest our futures back into our state without great financial burden” — Jessica Vittorelli ‘20 (Saco, ME)
The program came to fruition in 2009 after Maine’s governor, in association with the Maine Legislature, reserved funds to serve medical programs in Maine. The terms stipulate that every $25,000 offered to students from the State of Maine must be matched by the school through private philanthropy in order to increase the number of scholarships available. In the majority of cases, students receive the scholarship for all four years of their studies totaling $100,000.
Since the program’s inception, generous support of UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) has allowed UNE to receive the maximum amount of matching funds from the State of Maine, providing 58 COM students with scholarships. Of the 30 Doctor’s for Maine’s Future Scholarship recipients who have graduated since the program originated, 57% are working in the primary care fields, and 40% are practicing in emergency medicine, OB-GYN, and psychiatry.
I have worked incredibly hard to get to where I am today and I plan on continuing to work hard and give back to the state that has been my home since the day I was born. With help from the Doctor's for Maine's Future Scholarship this is entirely possible.” — Emma Mason ‘20 (Owls Head, ME)
The Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program makes a significant difference to UNE’s COM students who strive to provide care in communities where it is needed the most.
I can say with pride and gratitude that I have been entrusted by both the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Maine Legislature with providing health care for the people of this state. Primary care providers are at the core of providing quality preventative care, maintenance of chronic diseases, and helping Maine residents achieve long-term health.” — Ian Corbett ‘19 (Biddeford, ME)