Chinese American Medical Society

In the early 1970’s, CAMS went to considerable lengths to provide scholarships for worthy medical students in need of financial assistance. The funds initially came from donations by members and friends. Years later, fund-raising banquets were held at the time of Chinese New Year solely for the scholarship program, and annual dues reminders included a “check-off” for the Educational Fund.

Starting in 1973, an average of 3 to 5 worthy students was selected annually among a pool of applicants to be awarded scholarships of $1,000 each. In 1989, the family of the late Dr. Esther Lim created a scholarship in her memory, and in 1996, Dr. George Liu funded a scholarship in memory of his late wife, Ruth Ru-yin Liu. In 2013, the Jeng Family Fund Scholarship was established by Drs. Dai-Yun, Miji, and Christina A. Jeng to support medical students with financial hardships.  A total of 166 scholarships have been awarded from 1973-2013. The recipients, future young physicians and dentists, are now practicing in many locations, and many are on the faculty of medical schools. The Society has been successful in continuing the program, which is sustained by its Educational Fund and 3 remaining named scholarships (Jeng Family Fund Scholarship, Ruth Liu Memorial Scholarship, and the American Center for Chinese Medical Sciences Scholarship) with stipends ranging from $2,500 to $5000 per annum.

You must currently be in your first, second or third year of medical or dental school in  a U.S. accredited medical or dental school when applying for this scholarship. You must reside in the U.S.A. at the time of your application either as an alien student or citizen of the U.S.A.  Students that have just been accepted into medical or dental school at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Two slots will be for students who show merit and also financial hardship.  To apply for this category, you must include a separate letter stating your financial problems and a letter from your dean or teacher to corroborate your claim.

Click Here to Download the 2014 Scholarship Application

Supporting documents needed to complete application:

  • Letter from the Dean of Students verifying good standing.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant's personal statement (including career goals).
  • Applicant's curriculum vitae (be sure to include education, research activities if any, employment and extracurricular activities.  Credit will be given to those with research projects relating to health care of the Chinese.)

Deadline of application: April 30, 2014.

The preferred method of submission is a complete pdf file via e-mail to

Application and supporting materials can also be sent by mail to:

CAMS Scholarship Committee
41 Elizabeth Street, Suite 600
New York, New York 10013
Tel: (212) 334-4760


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