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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 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 incoming medicine students because we value their 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.

The scholarship recognizes your:

  • Leadership: inspiring others to achieve a goal, leading people toward a goal, and recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: empowering others to achieve maximum outcomes, address conflicts in a productive manner, and develop synergy to achieve outstanding results
  • Sustaining Health in Washington: understanding of, experience with, and commitment to Washington health care needs. This includes challenging health care environments such as rural and urban underserved communities, disease related (e.g., mental health), and under-resourced (e.g., military, disabled, and tribal) groups
  • Resilience and Adversity: overcoming the challenges and obstacles in pursuing medical school and the lessons learned that lead to life changing approaches to improving oneself and the people around them.
  • Cultural Humility/Intercultural Collaborations: openness to understanding your way of ‘being’ is different from others, the ability to critique one’s own cultural norms in relation to another person, recognize privilege differences, and ability to understand the emotional state of the situation
  • Innovation – Entrepreneurial Spirit: pursuing new ideas, going beyond conventional solutions, and exhibiting creative, original thinking, or research while realizing the impact on society.

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 be done by the co-chairs and use the same process as describe 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

Brian Dixon
Co-Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee
Assistant Vice President for Financial Services
Washington State University

Terms and Conditions

To receive a scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled at WSU
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be in good academic 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