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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Student Affairs

ESFCOM Scholarships

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is dedicated to minimizing student debt to help turn students with character, passion and raw talent into physician leaders that solve challenging health care issues. The college also seeks to educate medical students to keep communities across Washington healthy while decreasing the cost of care.

Scholarships are essential for attracting talented students with academic resilience who are committed to serving our state. Our students will be bold, audacious and visionary in advancing the next generation of medicine.

As much as possible, we want to remove financial barriers to support the career aspirations of Washingtonians that want to pursue a career in medicine, and who align with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine mission. The awarding of scholarships will be based on need and alignment with mission. That is, we want every eligible student to receive a scholarship but those with the highest need and attributes aligned with mission will receive the most prestigious scholarship.

Awarding of Scholarships

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) is offering scholarships to all eligible incoming and continuing medical students because we value your talents and appreciate your accomplishments in pursuit of becoming a physician. The scholarship process is need-based, and cognizant of personal attributes that support our mission. For more information, please see the ESFCOM Policy: Scholarship Process for Awards to Medical Students.

The scholarship recognizes your:

  • Leadership: How you have set the direction of a team, inspired the team’s vision, and mapped how to achieve a goal in a dynamic, inspiring way; how you reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Your capacity to work with and encourage others to effectively achieve goals, and to address conflicts in a productive manner
  • Commitment to Serving Rural and Underserved Health Care Needs: Your understanding of, experience with, empathy toward, and commitment to rural and underserved health care needs or under-resourced/vulnerable populations
  • Resilience and Adversity: The extent to which you have overcome the challenges and obstacles in pursuing medical school or in life, and developed lessons learned
  • Cultural Humility/Intercultural Collaborations: Examines the student’s awareness of the arts, beliefs, customs, attitudes, and behavior of other cultures compared to his/her own culture, and addresses cultural conflict in a productive manner when it arises
  • Innovation, Creativeness, Inspirational: Examines the new ideas, creative solutions, or inspirational activities that the applicant did or is described in their application.

Students may accept or decline the scholarship.

We also realize that each individual financial situation is unique and we want to ensure that we minimize student debt as much as possible. In a spirit of generosity, we want to provide an opportunity for students, when financial circumstances allow, to decline the scholarship to support others with greater financial need.  We want to emphasize:

  • The decision to reallocate is the student’s to make with no expectation on the part of ESFCOM and has no bearing on your status as a student.
  • Students will still be recognized as a scholarship awardee.
  • The student’s choice to reallocate the scholarship to one of their classmates will remain confidential.  No one except the co-chairs of the Scholarship Selection Committee will know the decision.
  • Reallocation of the scholarship funds will use the same process as described above. This ensures that the students with the highest need will receive an additional scholarship from your generosity.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Teraguchi.

Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi, EdD
Co-Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


To receive a scholarship, you must:

  • Complete a FAFSA. A FAFSA with only student information (no parental information) will qualify a student for a lower tier award amount. Parental information, or an approved exemption from parental information, qualifies a student for consideration for upper tier award amounts. Appeals for exemption from FAFSA parental information are submitted to the WSU Spokane Financial Aid Office. For more information, contact
  • Be an enrolled medical student in good standing.
  • Write a thank-you letter (details will be provided by the Office of Student Affairs).
  • Scholarships will be distributed equally per term (e.g. first-year scholarships would be distributed equally over three terms, second-year scholarships would be distributed equally over four terms, etc.).
  • Accept or decline by the deadline indicated in the scholarship award letter.