Some of the best trained doctors in the world graduate from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Presently, there are around 80 students from the United States attending the Latin American School of Medicine free of charge. That is the equivalent of a $200,000 to $250,000 medical scholarship. If you have graduated from high school, you might be able to get one of those scholarships.

Through the efforts of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and Pastors for Peace (a New York based organization headed by Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr.), and supported by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, arrangements have been made whereby as many as 1000 students from the United States each year can be awarded a free ticket to medical school. The requirements are as follows:

(1) US citizenship and a current passport;

(2) One year of Biology or Zoology, one year of Inorganic Chemistry (with lab), one year of Organic Chemistry (with lab), and one year of Physics;

(3) Commitment to serve an underserved area in the US for a few years after graduation;

(4) No outstanding criminal charges or lawsuits.

Persons of color and/or low income are especially encouraged to apply! For more information, write or call to:

Pastors for Peace / IFCO, 402 W. 145th Street, New York, NY 10031

Tel: 212-926-5757, Fax 212-926-5842

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If you are still in high school, start taking the science courses that will help you satisfy these requirements. If you have graduated from high school and are still under 30 years old, but have not taken the required science courses, take them at a community college, junior college or an appropriate adult education program and then apply for this scholarship. It could change your entire life.