Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship

For Future Doctors

The Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship for Future Doctors provides an annual $1,000 award to help support a promising pre-med or medical student pursuing their academic and career goals. Established to honor the legacy of infectious disease specialist Dr. DHAVAL SHAH, this scholarship aims to inspire future physicians who share Dr. SHAH’s commitment to compassionate, innovative healthcare.

Scholarship Overview

The Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship provides one $1,000 award each year to a deserving pre-med or medical student pursuing a degree in medicine. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. SHAH's distinguished career as a physician, researcher, and mentor. To apply, students must submit an essay between 500-1000 words on their goals in medicine and how they reflect the values of compassion, dedication, and innovation that defined Dr. SHAH's work. Relevant extracurricular activities, research experience, and academic achievements should also be highlighted. The scholarship is open to all students demonstrating a strong interest in healthcare and medicine, regardless of specialty or subfield. Applications will be evaluated based on the merit of the essay, achievements, and the applicant's embodiment of Dr. SHAH's spirit. One student will be selected each year to receive the $1,000 award. The recipient can use the scholarship to cover education costs including tuition, books, lab fees, and more.


To be considered for the Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship for Future Doctors, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Academic Pursuit: You must be a current undergraduate student who is actively pursuing a career in medicine or a high school student with plans to attend university for a medical degree.
  2. Excellence in Academics: We value exceptional academic performance and are looking for students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements.
  3. Commitment to Medicine: You should possess a deep commitment to the field of medicine, showing a genuine passion for making a positive impact on the lives of patients.
  4. Dedication to Personal Growth: We seek individuals who exhibit a strong desire for personal and professional growth, continuously striving to expand their knowledge and skills within the medical field.
  5. Essay Requirement: As part of the application process, you will need to submit a thoughtful essay of 500-1000 words in response to the following prompt:

“Describe a significant challenge currently faced by the healthcare industry and propose an innovative solution to address it effectively.”

  1. Embodiment of Dr. SHAH’s Values: We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the spirit of compassion, innovation, and dedication that Dr. SHAH exemplified as a physician and mentor.

We encourage all eligible students who meet these criteria to apply for the Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship for Future Doctors. We look forward to reviewing your applications and learning more about your aspirations in the medical field.


One time award of $1,000


The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 15, 2024.

Winner Announced

The winner for the scholarship will be announced July 15, 2024.

How to Apply

To apply for the Dr. DHAVAL SHAH Scholarship for Future Doctors, eligible applicants should email their essay response, in Word Doc format, to

[email protected]

The 500-1000 word essay should describe your interests and goals in medicine, and how you embody the values of compassion, dedication, and innovation that defined Dr. SHAH’s career.

We welcome all pre-med and medical students with a genuine passion for healthcare to submit essays. We look forward to reading your perspectives on carrying on Dr. SHAH’s legacy. The application deadline and further details can be found on the scholarship website.

Along with the essay, please provide the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Name of High School and Graduation Date
  • The University that you are currently enrolled in.
  • Personal Bio
  • GPA