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Scholarship Information

About the CMT Program Scholarship

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is strongly committed to promoting and supporting diversity in its training of the next generation of laboratory professionals. We believe that this commitment to diversity enhances the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s educational experience, strengthens our community and ensures the delivery of the highest quality patient care. We believe that our Clinical Medical Technology Advanced Certificate Program provides a rich experience through a comprehensive didactic and experiential curriculum, working with clinical materials from our diverse patient population. 

To help promote the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s interest in diversity the Department is proud to offer one annual scholarship, representing the full cost of tuition. for a candidate accepted into the Clinical Medical Technology Advanced Certificate Program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant meets all of the following criteria:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree in the biology, chemical or physical sciences with successful completion of the following courses and subject areas that include laboratory content:
    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Analytic chemistry and/or biochemistry
    • Physiology, with anatomy content
    • Molecular biology and diagnostics
    • Microbiology
  • Successful completion of coursework in all of the following disciplines:
    • Organic chemistry
    • Statistics
    • Immunology
  • Recommended minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a minimum math/science GPA of 2.8.
  • Demonstrates exceptional promise for success at U of R as evidenced by academic and research background and aspirations;
  • Demonstrates strength of character as evidenced by faculty recommendation letters and personal statement
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)


Applicant additionally meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Can describe how their educational and socio-cultural experiences or geographic background can enhance the diversity and inclusion mission of the School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Can describe their sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations in a way that directly contributes to the quality of the intellectual environment of the university;
  • Hails from a financially disadvantaged background as self-reported on their application
  • Does not list English as their native language on their application
  • Is a first-generation graduate from a four-year college
  • Self-discloses in their application a disability defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities

Advanced Certificate Program Application Process

Each applicant’s qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applications are accepted beginning September 1st for admission to the following fall semester. Review the Application Requirements to ensure your application and all supporting materials are submitted. Acceptances occur on a rolling basis until all the slots are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Scholarship Application Materials

Each applicant’s qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Review the Application Timeline to ensure your application and all supporting materials are submitted prior to the deadline. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

  • Submit a letter of intent telling us a bit about yourself, your career plans, and why you qualify for this scholarship, no greater than 500 words
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College transcript

The annual deadline for the scholarship application is May 1st.  Up to one award is made annually.