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AIMC Scholarship Opportunities

AIMC Berkeley awards several scholarships each trimester.  Awardees are selected based on strength of essay, academic performance, and letter of recommendation.  The Scholarship Committee will select and notify applicants three weeks before the beginning of the trimester.  Individuals may apply to more than one scholarship, but can only be the recipient of one scholarship during their program. Questions about AIMC scholarships should be directed to scholarships@aimc.edu

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Diversity Scholarship: $5000 Award (Incoming students: MSTAM or Dual Degree)

AIMC is committed to its principles of diversity and inclusion, and wants to support minority students who have traditionally been underrepresented in the field of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, including Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), as well as Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQ+) individuals, and other self-identified minorities.  For each cohort, the Scholarship Committee will select one individual for a $5,000 Scholarship. The award is applied toward the total program tuition on a per term basis. The award is split up over 10 terms of full-time (12+ units) enrollment at $500/trimester. Part-time students (6-11 units) will be awarded $250/trimester, not to exceed a total of $5000.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicant must be an entering student, beginning their first term at AIMC
  • Applicant must be enrolling in AIMC’s full MSTAM program (non-transfer student) or full 4 year DAIM program (non-transfer student).
  • Minimum 3.0 entering GPA preferred, but not required
  • Submission of the AIMC Scholarship Application Form by the stated deadline
  • Submission of one Letter of Recommendation by the stated deadline. The letter may be the same submitted for Program Admission. However, a letter addressing why the applicant is deserving of the Diversity Scholarship is preferred.
  • Submission of the required essay by the stated deadline. The essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced, up to 2 pages in length and should address the following question:

Given your personal experiences and background, describe what/how you could contribute to diversity and awareness at AIMC, or discuss an experience or encounter that highlights the importance of diversity and tolerance to you

  • Award recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the scholarship allotment for the subsequent trimester

Apply

Medical Professional Scholarship: $5000 Award (Incoming students: MSTAM or Dual Degree)

AIMC wants to support Naturopaths, Pharmacists, Chiropractors, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered and Vocational Nurses who are working towards becoming acupuncturists.  AIMC will award one Medical Professional Scholarship per beginning cohort for the professions listed below. For each cohort, the Scholarship Award Committee will select one individual for a $5,000 Scholarship. The award is applied toward the total program tuition on a per term basis. The award is split up over 10 terms of full-time (12+ units) enrollment at $500/trimester. Part-time students (6-11 units) will be awarded $250/trimester, not to exceed a total of $5000.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must have a current license as an RN, VN, MD, ND, PharmD, NP, DC, or DO, and must maintain this license throughout the MSTAM program
  • Applicant must be an entering student, beginning their first term at AIMC
  • Applicant must be enrolling in AIMC’s full MSTAM program (non-transfer student) or full 4 year DAIM program (non-transfer student).
  • Minimum 3.0 entering GPA preferred, but not required
  • Submission of the AIMC Scholarship Application Form by the stated deadline
  • Submission of one Letter of Recommendation by the stated deadline. The letter may be the same submitted for Program Admission. However, a letter addressing why the applicant is deserving of the Medical Professional Scholarship is preferred.
  • Submission of the required essay by the stated deadline. The essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced, up to 2 pages in length and should address the following question:

How do you envision your previous medical training influencing your approach to learning and practicing acupuncture, and how might this benefit your future patients?

  • Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the scholarship allotment for the subsequent trimester.

Apply

Massage Therapist Scholarship: $5000 award (Incoming Students: MSTAM or Dual Degree)

AIMC wants to support massage therapists who are working towards becoming licensed Acupuncturists.  The scholarship award committee will select one individual per entering cohort to receive a $5000 Massage Therapist Scholarship. The award is split up over 10 terms of full-time (12+ units) enrollment at $500/trimester. Part-time students (6-11 units) will be awarded $250/trimester, not to exceed a total of $5000.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must have a current certificate as a massage therapist
  • Applicant must be an entering student, beginning their first term at AIMC
  • Applicant must be enrolling in AIMC’s full MSTAM program (non-transfer student) or full 4 year DAIM program (non-transfer student).
  • Minimum 3.0 entering GPA preferred, but not required
  • Submission of the AIMC Scholarship Application Form by the stated deadline
  • Submission of one Letter of Recommendation by the stated deadline. Letter may be the same submitted for Program Admission. However, a letter addressing why applicant is deserving of the Massage Therapist Scholarship is preferred.
  • Submission of a required essay by stated deadline. The essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced, up to 2 pages in length and should address the following question:

         How do you envision your previous massage training influencing your approach to learning and practicing acupuncture, and how might this benefit your future patients?

  • Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the scholarship allotment for the subsequent trimester.

Apply

New Leaf Scholarship: $500 per term award (Incoming Transfer Students: MSTAM or Dual Degree)

AIMC wants to support students who are continuing their education at AIMC after beginning their acupuncture training at another institution.  The scholarship award committee will select one individual per entering cohort to receive a $500 per term New Leaf Scholarship.  The award is split up over the remaining enrollment period at $500/trimester. Part-time students (6-11 units) will be awarded $250/trimester, not to exceed a total of $5000. Course retakes/audits taken by transfer students at no charge are not included in credit calculations to determine full or part-time status.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicant must be an entering transfer student
  • Applicant must be enrolling in AIMC’s full MSTAM program or full 4 year DAIM program
  • Minimum 3.0 entering GPA preferred, but not required
  • Submission of the AIMC Scholarship Application Form by the stated deadline
  • Submission of one Letter of Recommendation by the stated deadline. Letter may be the same submitted for Program Admission. However, a letter addressing why applicant is deserving of the Transfer Student Scholarship is preferred.
  • Submission of a required essay by stated deadline. The essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced, up to 2 pages in length and should address the following question:

As a transfer student, what prompted you to apply to AIMC Berkeley? What prior knowledge and/or experience are you bringing with you, and what are your plans once you complete your program?

  • Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the scholarship allotment for the subsequent trimester.

Apply

AIMC Need-Based Scholarship: $500 per term award (Incoming & Current Students: MSTAM or Dual Degree)

AIMC wants to support students who are in financial need.  The scholarship award committee will select one individual per trimester to receive a $500 per term Need-Based Scholarship.  The award is split up over the student’s remaining enrollment period at $500/trimester. Part-time students (6-11 units) will be awarded $250/trimester, not to exceed a total of $5000.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicant must be an entering OR current student
  • Applicant must be enrolling/enrolled in AIMC’s full MSTAM program or full 4 year DAIM program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA preferred, but not required
  • Submission of the AIMC Scholarship Application Form by the stated deadline
  • Submission of one Letter of Recommendation by the stated deadline. Letter may be the same submitted for Program Admission. However, a letter addressing why applicant is deserving of the Need Based Scholarship is preferred.
  • Submission of a required essay by stated deadline. The essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced, up to 2 pages in length and should address the following question:

Please describe any financial challenges or difficulties you are currently facing, and how you would benefit from the scholarship, including how the award would help you achieve your academic and/or career goals.

  • Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the scholarship allotment for the subsequent trimester.

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Diversity Grants (Current Students)

AIMC Berkeley, in keeping with its principles of diversity and inclusion as well as its commitment to fighting racism and discrimination, is dedicating up to $2000 per trimester to projects that increase awareness, address the needs, highlight the accomplishments, and/or contribute to the advancement of underrepresented groups. These groups include, but are not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons with disabilities, and people of low socioeconomic status.

All AIMC students, in all programs, are invited to submit a grant proposal for a portion of the funds to be used towards diversity initiatives. While most grant awards are anticipated to be approximately $250 or less to ensure a diversity of voices, greater amounts may be considered based on the scope, significance, and impact of the project.

Proposals will be reviewed by the AIMC Scholarship Committee on an ongoing basis. The maximum total of all grants awarded each trimester will not exceed $2000. Although the Scholarship Committee typically funds projects for one trimester at a time, it is open to renewal of funding in subsequent trimesters if the project’s need and impact are successfully demonstrated in the prior trimester.

To submit a proposal, students must complete a proposal form and submit it to the AIMC Scholarship Committee. Students should submit proposals a minimum of 45 days in advance of the expected project start date.

Trudy McAlister Foundation Scholarship

The AOM Scholarship Fund was established by The Trudy McAlister Foundation to support students who show promise of making significant contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in a modern context. The Trudy McAlister Foundation is committed to supporting U.S citizens who are students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine who attend accredited (ACAOM) schools in the United States and are studying for their first professional degree. The Foundation also supports research and related activities that promote the advancement of AOM.

Each year the Foundation selects several award recipients for their scholarships.  The application period typically begins in mid-fall with applications due in January. Please visit the Foundation’s scholarship page for the specific deadlines each year.

While this is not an AIMC Scholarship, AIMC Berkeley is a proud sponsor of the Foundation’s scholarship program.  As a result, AIMC students are eligible to receive a special bonus scholarship that is only available for students attending sponsoring schools

To learn more and/or apply, click here.

Testimonials

"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."

- Master’s Student