Earning a medical assistant education typically takes between one and two years. Educational costs are significantly lower than those associated with other medical careers, but many students find the costs too great to manage without the help of medical assistant scholarships and grants. Scholarships and grants help student cover tuition, fees, supplies and other costs associated with their education.
American Medical Technologists Scholarship
The American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a non-profit agency that provides support for medical assistants and other members of the medical community with certification programs and member support services. Each year AMT selects five applicants to receive a $500 scholarship to help cover educational costs. The scholarship is based on financial need so students are required to prove need before being awarded the scholarship. Monies are sent to the school in which the student is enrolled to cover tuition costs.
Maxine Williams Scholarship
The American Association of Medical Assistants offers the Maxine Williams Scholarship to students enrolled in a medical assistant program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Students are required to complete at least one quarter of a medical assistant program with a 3.0 GPA before qualifying for the scholarship. Students cannot request scholarship applications directly from the American Association of Medical Assistants. Program directors must contact the association for scholarship applications. Students awarded the Maxine Williams Scholarship earn a one-year free membership to the association and $1,000 toward educational costs.
Specialized Medical Assistant Scholarships
While medical assistants are often trained for general work in medical offices, some programs offer specialized training. Scholarships are available for students in specialized medical assistant programs.
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology offers a $500 scholarship to students enrolled in an ophthalmology assistant program at a participating school. The student must be nominated by the program director. JCAHPO also offers $100 vouchers to students with a 3.5 GPA to pay for the cost of COA evaluation.
The American Dental Education Association offers a $2,000 scholarship for dental assistant students having completed an associate’s degree or certification program in dental assisting. The scholarship is used to fund further education, so the applicant must be enrolled in a four-year institution or completion program to qualify. Students must also be studying for the purpose of teaching other students in the future.
State-Specific Medical Assistant Scholarships and Grants
Some programs offer scholarships and grants to in-state students enrolled in accredited medical assistant programs.
Steven Cutter Award
The Foundation for Seacoast Health awards the Steven Cutter Award to students residing in Portsmouth, North Hampton, Rye, Greenland, New Castle, Newington, New Hampshire or York, Elliot, Kittery, Maine for at least two years preceding scholarship application. Students must agree to continue residence in these areas after the scholarship is awarded. At the end of the school year, students must provide Seacoast Health with detailed financial documents explaining how scholarship monies were used for educational costs.
Alice Newell Joselyn Medical Fund
The BECA Foundation offers the Alice Newell Joselyn Medical Fund scholarship to Latino students living in San Diego County, California. Applicants can be enrolled in high school or a medical assistant program to qualify for the scholarship. Students chosen for the award receive between $500 and $2,000 for educational costs.
Alaska Medical Assistants Society State Scholarship
The Alaska Medical Assistants Society awards two $500 scholarships per calendar year to students enrolled in an accredited medical assistant program. Two programs currently accredited are available at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.