PASS Program Scholarship Guidelines

The purpose of the PASS Program Scholarship is to provide tuition assistance for minority, economically disadvantaged, or at-risk medical students who wish to attend our USMLE/COMLEX review program.  We will be awarding one Onsite scholarship per program start date and one Online scholarship per program start date.

Recipients will have the ability to attend our course free of charge (value of $3499.00 – Onsite; $2499 – Online).  The Onsite Scholarship Recipient is responsible for housing costs, either in the PASS Program facilities or at another location of their choice, and travel costs. The Online Scholarship Recipient is responsible for the cost of shipping for their coursebook.  Tutoring is included in the scholarship award, 1 session per week for both Onsite and Online Recipients, but students may purchase additional tutoring at their own cost if they wish.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be completed in their entirety approximately 45 days prior to the start of the program you wish to attend.  PASS Program is not responsible for notifying you of receipt of all scholarship materials, and it is solely up to each applicant to ensure all materials, including application and letters of recommendation, are submitted prior to the application deadline.  Awardees will be notified approximately 30 days prior to the start of the program.
Program Start Date
Application Deadline
Awardees Notified
Monday, January 8th, 2024
Friday, November 24th, 2023
Monday, December 11th, 2023
Monday, February 19th, 2024
Friday, January 5th, 2024
Monday, January 22nd, 2024
Monday, April 1st, 2024
Friday, February 16th, 2024
Monday, March 4th, 2024
Monday, May 13th, 2024
Friday, March 29th, 2024
Monday, April 15th, 2024
Monday, June 24th, 2024
Friday, May 10th, 2024
Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
Monday, August 5th, 2024
Friday, June 21st, 2024
Monday, July 8th, 2024
Monday, September 16th, 2024
Friday, August 2nd, 2024
Monday, August 19th, 2024
Monday, October 28th, 2024
Friday, September 13th, 2024
Monday, September 30th, 2024

Eligible Applicants

You are eligible to apply for this scholarship if you are: From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.

From traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical profession, which include African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino.

Additionally, you must also be a current first-year through graduate medical student in good academic standing and a citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete Scholarship Application HERE
  2. Submit Academic Letter of Recommendation. The letter can be from your Dean, an instructor, or from a rotation/residency director.  The focus of this letter should be on your medical knowledge, how you have applied that knowledge, your participation in any extracurricular activities, and their recommendation as to why you deserve the scholarship. Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to
  3. Submit Personal Letter of Recommendation. This letter can be from anyone and should speak to your strengths, why they believe you will be an exceptional doctor, your participation in any extracurricular activities they have observed, and their recommendation as to why you deserve the scholarship. Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to

Review Process

After the application deadline has passed, each submitted application will be reviewed to ensure all components have been received.  Failure to submit any of the required documentation will result in the scholarship application being rejected.  The scholarship committee will review all submitted documentation, use a scoring rubric to assess each application on its merits, and award the scholarship to the two individuals who have the highest average score.

Final Notes

  • If you have any questions, please email us at
  • Previous PASS scholarship recipients are ineligible from receiving an additional scholarship.
  • Applicants who are not awarded a scholarship are eligible to apply once every 6 months.
  • Awardees must attend the start date they have applied for, there will be NO option to change the program start date.

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