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Residency Hardship Scholarships


The American Academy of Pediatrics Residency Hardship Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents in good academic standing. The Academy grants annually a number of hardship scholarships varying from $1,000 to $5,000. Each applicant will be reviewed carefully and awards will be granted to the most deserving pediatric interns and residents.

Qualifications of Applicant:

  1. Have completed or will have completed an approved internship or have completed a PL-1 year by July 1. A definite commitment for a first-year pediatric residency accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics is required.
  2. Be a pediatric resident (categorical or combined) in a training program AND have a definite commitment for another year of residency or chief residency (not fellowship) in a program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics.
  3. Have a substantial need for financial assistance or extenuating circumstances.

The Residency Hardship Scholarship Program is now open. Please click here for the 2017 application. You will be prompted to create a username and password. This will allow you to save your progress and return to the form later, if necessary.

How It Works

  1. Complete the Resident Scholarship Application Form and submit it by April 15, 2017.
  2. Confirm with your program director that he or she has received the link to the Program
    Director's Recommendation Form via email, has filled it out, and has submitted it by
    April 22, 2017. Please note that your program director will NOT receive the link to
    the Program Director's Recommendation Form until your portion of the application has
    been submitted and received by the Academy. Please allow your program director ample
    time to complete this form and indicate that your application will not be evaluated without
    this completed form. IMPORTANT: Your entire application will be forwarded to your
    program director along with the link to the recommendation form. If you do not wish for
    your program director to see your financial information, please contact Kimberley
    VandenBrook via email to immediately after submitting your
    application and request that your financial information not be forwarded.
  3. You will receive confirmation of your completed application by May 31, 2017. If you have not received confirmation of your completed application by May 31, 2017, please contact Kimberley Vandenbrook.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) Subcommittee on Residency Hardship Scholarships at their summer meeting. The selection is based on the assessment of the resident's application and the Program Director's Recommendation Form. The Subcommittee will make recommendations to the appropriate advisory committee for approval at its meeting.
All resident applicants will be notified by mail during the month of August and recipient checks will also be mailed at that time.

Important Information

  1. The scholarship is considered taxable income. If you are chosen as a scholarship recipient, you will receive a 1099-MISC form for the 2017 calendar year.
  2. This award is for financial need and not intended for use toward international rotations. The AAP
    offers the International Elective Award program to assist residents in completing elective
    rotations overseas. For more information on the IEA Program, please click here.
  3. Please notify if you have an address change prior to the August 31, 2017 notification.
  4. Hardship Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a thank you letter to the program contributor.
  5. The American Academy of Pediatrics will maintain contact with you for 3 to 5 years to determine to what extent this program has contributed to your career in pediatrics. This survey will be forwarded to the email address we have on file. Again, your responses are used to evaluate and improve this program. We appreciate your participation in this follow up.

If you have any other questions, after reading the instructions in full, please contact the Program
Coordinator, Resident Initiatives, Kimberley VandenBrook, or call the Academy at 800/433-9016,
extension 7134.

The 2017 program is funded through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson.