Walter S. E. Hardy, M.D.

Minority Scholarship Program

The Knoxville Area Urban League annually invites applications for the Minority Scholarship Program, named in honor of Walter S. E. Hardy, M.D., a pioneering African-American physician in Knoxville. Scholarships of  $2,500 are awarded to minority college students from the local area pursuing degrees in health professions. To qualify, applicants must reside in Knox, Anderson, or Blount counties, be full-time undergraduates accepted into accredited health-related degree programs at colleges or universities. Post-graduate students are ineligible for this scholarship opportunity.


Application Timeline:
- Deadline: Friday, March 29th, 2024
- Selection Period: Monday, April 1st - 5th, 2024
- Awardee(s) Notified: Friday, April 12th, 2024
- Presentation: Saturday, April 27th, 2024, at the "KAULed to Lead" Young Professionals Conference Luncheon.

Special Note: KAUL employees, board members, and their immediate families are not eligible.


Complete Application


  • Live in Knox, Anderson, or Blount counties
  • Attend an accredited college or university
  • Full-time undergraduate in a health-related program
  • Working towards an associate or bachelor’s degree
  • Show leadership abilities and community engagement

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  • Minimum award: $2,500 annually
  • Paid directly to the institution
  • Scholarship can be used to cover tuition, books, required academic fees, and living accommodations
  • No limit on the number of applicants per family

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  1. Academic Performance: GPA, Academic Progress, Past academic performance
  2. Personal Attributes: Character, Personal merit, Background
  3. Application Components: Essay, Letters of recommendation, Work History
  4. Extracurricular Involvement: School activities, Leadership, Community involvement

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  1. Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Compose an original essay (500 words or fewer) on the topic: "How my career as a healthcare professional will help alleviate healthcare disparities in my community."
  3. Email [email protected] with a copy of your college transcript, two signed letters of recommendation, and an 

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