In 2006, SAMS launched its scholarship program to support Syrian medical residency applicants with interest-free loans. SAMS continues to offer monetary loans of $1,500 – $4,000 to selected applicants. After matching in residency, awardees repay their interest-free loan over a two-year period. In recent years, this program has grown to support more than 175 Syrian medical graduates with loans, the majority of whom went on to match and are current residents, fellows or practicing doctors in the U.S. and other countries.
SAMS Scholarship Program supports Syrian medical residency applicants through the provision of interest-free loans, between $1K and $4K to help them cover the expenses related to the MATCH season and the interviews. The total amount of loans distributed in 2018 was $54,000 to 20 applicants. All applicants were selected and money distributed based on strict criteria: scores, number of residency interviews, CV, personal interview.
Additionally, in 2016, SAMS partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on a scholarship program to support up to two individuals who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in Syria. Applicants must have been displaced by the conflict in Syria, and currently residing in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey, or residing under Temporary Protected Status in the US. Students will begin their studies in July 2017. The program continued into 2017 to help students apply for residency in 2018.
Learn more about the 2017 Residency Scholarship Program.
Learn more about the Caribbean Medical School Program