14016 Route 31w, STE. 201, Albion NY 14411

Medical Scholarship Application

Initiated by concerned local physicians and Orleans County Leaders, the Orleans County Medical Scholarship addresses the key objective to address physician shortages in Orleans County.
Each scholarship recipient is required to sign a pledge to practice medicine for at least five (5) years in Orleans County at the conclusion of their training. The Scholarship Fund is managed by a volunteer committee.

Orleans County will award a total of $72,000.00, with an additional amount of $72,000.00 awarded by the Lyndonville Area Foundation. Scholarship students are usually selected one student per academic year, provided funds are available and academic performance is satisfactory. The Scholarship will be paid out as follows: 1/2 during the 3rd year of Medical School and remaining 1/2 during the 4th year at the time of residency match announcement (prior to graduation.)
Awardee shall be required to sign a commitment contract with Orleans County. Repayment to Orleans County and the Lyndonville Area Foundation shall be required with interest as set in commitment contract, if the terms of the contract signed are not adhered to and/or if awardee does not practice medicine in Orleans County for the required amount of time and/or awardee does not become a licensed NY State physician for any reason.

  1. Third and fourth year medical students who graduate medical school in four years in good standing and who pledge to practice full time medicine in Orleans County for at least five (5) years.
  2. Preference will be given to those who have graduated high school from western New York or those who have local connections to Orleans County or the immediate surrounding area.
  3. The Student must be attending an accredited medical school in the United States. Exceptions to this requirement at the discretion of both Boards.
  4. Preference will be given to those students graduating from Medical School as a General Practitioner.
  5. Applicant must be in good academic standing throughout term of scholarship.
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic instructors.
    Two (2) letters of recommendation from Orleans County residents or anyone from western New York.
    One (1) 250-500 word essay or personal statement indicating why you want to practice medicine in Orleans County and why you should be considered for the scholarship.
The aim of this confidential application is to give a clear and succinct summary of the financial and academic circumstances of the student in order that equitable decisions may be made for the use of the limited funds available. Please add any information that will aid the Committee in understanding your needs and resources. Scholarships may affect the financial aid package offered to the student from the medical school they attend. Students are encouraged to check their medical school's policy on outside aid. The Orleans County Medical Scholarship Committee and Lyndonville Area Foundation are not responsible for a reduction of financial aid from the student’s medical school as a result of the receipt of a scholarship. Scholarships may be revoked if a student changes academic programs, takes a leave of absence, or transfers to another medical school. By signing and submitting this application, each applicant waives his or her rights to any possible claim against the Orleans County Medical Scholarship Committee or the Lyndonville Area Foundation to any scholarship awarded.

The Orleans County Medical Scholarship Committee will decide which students to interview. Among factors taken into consideration are academic achievements, future plans and ties to the Orleans County Community. Following interviews, the Scholarship Committee will make the award determination.

If you have any questions about the Orleans County Medical Scholarship, please email:


Or mailed to:
Orleans County, Clerk of the Legislature
14016 Route 31W, STE. 201
Albion, NY 14411