Wayne Med-Direct scholarship
Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to not only be a United States citizen, but a global citizen. This idea inspired me to become a physician because doctors are the first line of defense for treating health disparities throughout communities. I know that Wayne Med-Direct program will give me the skills I need to fulfill my goals of being a global citizen and helping people from all walks of life achieve better health.
-Leah Warren-Wayne Med-Direct cohort 2017
Wayne State University established the Wayne Med-Direct Scholarship to support deserving students who commit to complete both their undergraduate and medical school education at the university. The Wayne Med-Direct Scholarship includes two individual scholarships, the Undergraduate Scholarship and the WSUSOM Scholarship.
Wayne Med-Direct Undergraduate scholarship
The Undergraduate scholarship consists of an amount equal to the cost of the student's:
- full-time undergraduate tuition and fees for the fall and winter semesters,
- applicable undergraduate tuition and fees for the spring and summer semesters,
- undergraduate room and board in university housing for the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters.
If a student receives a Pell grant, the Undergraduate scholarship is reduced in the amount of the grant. However, Pell-eligible students receive a book scholarship of $500 each fall and winter semester.
The combination of all financial aid cannot exceed a student's financial aid budget.
To remain eligible for the Undergraduate scholarship, a student must, for each award year, meet these requirements.
- File an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete all requirements.
- Pursue a pre-med curriculum and a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student (i.e., at least 15 credit hours per semester) in the fall and winter semesters.
- Participate in the required activities (i.e. meetings) and complete the required assignments pertaining to the Wayne Med-Direct curriculum (i.e., research, seminars, clinical work and coursework) in the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters.
To be awarded the Undergraduate scholarship for four consecutive years, a student must also satisfy these academic progress requirements.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the end of the sophomore year and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the end of the junior and senior years
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at all times as an undergraduate. If the student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 at any time while an undergraduate, the student will be ineligible for further scholarship awards
- If the student's cumulative GPA is at or above 0 but below 3.5 at the end of the freshman year, the student shall be placed on probation until the end of the sophomore year. If the student's cumulative GPA is below 3.5 at the end of the sophomore year, the student may be deemed ineligible for further scholarship awards at the sole discretion of the university.
Wayne Med-Direct Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) scholarship
The WSUSOM scholarship consists of full-time Wayne State University School of Medicine tuition and fees for four consecutive years of medical school education.
To receive the WSUSOM scholarship, a student must meet the following award criteria.
- Maintain Undergraduate Scholarship eligibility for four consecutive undergraduate years
- Obtain a B.S. or B.A. at the completion of four consecutive undergraduate years
- Complete the WSUSOM process for applying for admission to the medical doctor (M.D.) program no later than the junior year
- Successfully complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a score in at least the 75th percentile
- Be admitted to the WSUSOM M.D. program
To remain eligible to receive the WSUSOM scholarship for four consecutive years during medical school, a student must be enrolled at WSUSOM as a regular M.D. student and satisfy all of WSUSOM's academic and professional standards as determined by the WSUSOM promotions committee.
Frequently asked questions
I receive the Pell grant. Why am I not getting it as a refund?
If a student receives a Pell grant, it will be applied to cover the student's cost of attendance, so the Undergraduate Scholarship will be reduced in the amount of the grant. As a result, Pell recipients will not receive the Pell grant money as a refund to them.
However, Pell grant eligible students will receive a book scholarship in the amount of $500 each fall and winter semester to cover the cost of books.
Please note that combination of all financial aid cannot exceed student's financial aid budget.
I have met all WSUSOM Scholarship Award Criteria except the MCAT score requirement — I have scored below the 75th percentile in the MCAT exam. Can I still be awarded the WSUSOM scholarship?
If a student does not meet all of the WSUSOM Scholarship Award Criteria listed in the section above including the MCAT score requirement, the student cannot be deemed eligible to be awarded the WSUSOM scholarship. However, the student may be considered for admission to School of Medicine as an applicant of the regular application pool of the admission year. The student will then have to fulfill the admission requirements for School of Medicine as a regular applicant (please find the School of Medicine admission requirements at http://admissions.med.wayne.edu/application/index.php). In the event the student is admitted to the School of Medicine, the student will solely be responsible for paying tuition and fees of the M.D. degree. However, the student may be eligible to receive other scholarships available to other medical students.
I have met the first four WSUSOM Scholarship Award Criteria; the fifth requirement is admission to the WSUSOM M.D. program. Under what circumstances might I not be granted admission to the program and therefore become ineligible to receive the scholarship?
If the School of Medicine admission committee identifies a serious issue (i.e. history of unprofessional behavior of the student in academic and/or social settings, serious concerns in undergraduate academic progress, failure to complete Wayne Med-Direct program requirements etc.), it has the sole authority to decide that the student cannot be admitted to the School of Medicine M.D. program. In such event, the student will not meet the fifth requirement listed above, and therefore cannot be awarded the WSUSOM scholarship.
What are the undergraduate room and board options offered by the Wayne Med-Direct Undergraduate Scholarship?
Wayne Med-Direct Undergraduate Scholarship offers room and board to Wayne Med-Direct students in university housing for the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters during the four years of their undergraduate term. All Wayne Med-Direct students must live in university housing during their undergraduate term and there is no option to commute. All housing and meal plan options will not be available to students to choose from.
Available housing options in fall and winter semesters are: First- and second-year students will stay at Towers Residential Suites and be assigned to D or F suites and must live with other Wayne Med-Direct students. Third- and fourth-year students have the option to choose their living space (Towers Residential Suites-D or F suites or Anthony Wayne Apartments-Four bedroom suites) and their roommates. In the spring/summer semesters, students will be assigned to available housing spaces on campus.
Available meal plan options in fall and winter semesters are: First-year students will receive the Warrior Pass 50 (Unlimited swipes + 50 Warrior Dollars) meal plan. Second, third and fourth-year students will have the option to choose from Warrior Pass 50 (Unlimited swipes + 50 Warrior Dollars) or Weekly 12 + 350 (12 swipes a week + 350 Warrior Dollars) meal plans. In spring/summer semesters, students will receive a meal plan which offers three swipes per day during the entire semester or a combination of Warrior Dollars and meal swipes.