Dr. James L. Hutchinson and Evelyn Ribbs Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship

How to Apply

1. Starting Jan. 7, 2019, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due May 8, 2019.

2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.

3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll have to provide info on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.

4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.

5. Save, review and finalize your application, then submit!

Frequently Asked Questions

Access our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about using our online application system, scholarship award payments, and more.

Hutchinson Medical Scholarship 2019 Timeline

Jan. 7, 2019
Application opens

May 8, 2019
Applications due

June 2019
Notifications sent to students

July-October 2019
Scholarship payments are mailed to recipients' schools when the scholarship is accepted and enrollment is verified

September 27, 2019
Deadline for recipients to claim and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification


Questions about applying?

Contact 650.450.5487 or

HutchinsonFor students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in medical school.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $2,000

Number of Scholarships

One per year
Previous applicants may reapply


The Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Hutchinson by numerous friends, colleagues, patients and community leaders who honored them at a gala dinner in 1994 and, at the same time, contributed generously toward the establishment of this medical school scholarship. Dr. and Mrs. Hutchinson intend the scholarship to assist young people who aspire to attend medical school and to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in both character and academic achievement.

James and the late Evelyn Hutchinson have been partners and builders of their family and community for more than four decades. Dr. Hutchinson, past president of the local NAACP, was a founding board member of both Planned Parenthood of San Mateo and the Bay Area Urban League.

Dr. Hutchinson's medical practice has always been based on the care of the patient and family as a whole. Known as the "walking doctor" of San Mateo, he started walking six to eight miles a day near his office in 1982. He says that walking helps relieve stress and that being out and about has given him more insight into his community. He has gathered scores of followers in walking for fitness and pleasure.

Eligibility Requirements

  • College senior and accepted to medical school or currently enrolled full-time in an accredited medical school program.
  • Demonstrated personal motivation for excellence in both character and academic achievement.  
  • Personal integrity, as exemplified by leadership, community involvement and concern for others, will be considered.
  • Graduate of a high school in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County or have permanently resided in that area during high school.
  • United States citizen.

Required Application Documents

In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship.

1. Medical Field-Related Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement into your Apply SVCF application. Your 500-850 word personal statement should address the following prompts:

  • Describe what sparked your interest in the medical field, your short- and long-term career plans, and the areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you.
  • Comment on the personal characteristics, educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for or have helped you thrive in medical school.
  • Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will help you succeed in the medical field.
  • Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for this scholarship.

2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)

Evidence of financial need must be submitted to Apply SVCF for all SVCF Managed Scholarships. While financial need is not a primary consideration of the Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship, it may be a factor in final selection. Extra consideration will be given to self-supporting students.

If you applied for federal financial aid, submit a copy of your completed 2019-20 FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR)

3. Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF)

Your two letters of recommendation must be signed and dated. You must obtain recommendations from both:

  • A teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead; and
  • A volunteer or work supervisor, community leader or personal acquaintance. (Volunteer or work supervisor letters must be on the organization’s letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)

There are two ways to submit your letters of recommendation. 

  1. Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
  2. Have your recommenders submit the letters themselves. First, include the name and email address of your two recommenders in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommenders before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommenders and request that they submit their letters to us directly. 

Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.  

4. Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit both PDFs and hard copies)

Upload PDF versions of your official transcripts to Apply SVCF AND mail hard copy originals (unless your school provides official electronic transcripts) to the address below:

Attn: Scholarships
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

If your school provides official electronic transcripts, they can be sent to scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org.

Current college students: Submit official college transcript(s) for all college coursework completed AND official or unofficial high school transcript(s).

Current medical school students: Submit official medical school transcript(s), AND official or unofficial college transcript(s) AND unofficial high school transcript(s).

Note: Request your transcripts early, as it may take four to six weeks for these to be generated. Ask your school if they generate electronic official transcripts that can be turned into PDFs. Screen shots or Internet-generated transcripts will not be accepted.