Welcome to the Josh Gibson MD Grant


DEADLINE : December 15, 2024


Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson MD Grant Info!

Josh Gibson believes in human potential and today helps people reach their goals every day as an executive and life coach. He wouldn’t be able to do that without having the good fortune of a tremendous higher education, including getting his M.D. at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completing his psychiatry residency at UCSF.

He believes we all should find ways give back in order to help others achieve their goals through higher education. His hope is that winners of this scholarship will eventually be able to fund a scholarship themselves at some point in the future! No pressure (yet!) on 2023’s winner, Laura Preka who is attending University of Pennsylvania.


2022: Emma Palmer, Iowa State University
2021: Beatriz Amarante, St. Francis College


About the Grant…

Josh Gibson is currently a certified executive and life coach and most recently worked for more than four years at Pilot 44, a prominent disruptive innovation studio located in San Francisco, California. Josh was responsible for managing a large portfolio of new digital transformation ideas, primarily in the medical and consumer sectors. His coaching work draws from more than 25 years of training and experience in the field of psychiatry and management consulting.


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Josh Gibson received his M.D. from the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation prize for humanism in medicine. He then completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he won the American Medical Association Foundation 2000 Leadership Award and the Alexander Simon Award for teaching. After that, he taught and supervised residents and worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry for more than a decade.

After that, Josh served as an Editorial Board Member of Web M&M and as a Committee Chair with the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He closed his clinical practice in 2017 to join Quartet Health, a platform that connects people with mental health providers and services, as a Senior Clinician. He then moved to a broader innovation and people operations role at Pilot44. Josh currently works as an Executive Coach and Consultant to assist individuals in finding fulfillment at work and to help clients develop superior management skills by teaching them to build dynamic and high functioning teams. Prior to entering medicine, Josh worked as a Senior Consultant for Accenture, working with several Fortune 500 companies across the financial services, healthcare and retail industries.

Josh leads a very fulfilled and happy life with his wife and two children in San Rafael, California. When not working, he enjoys running, playing basketball and listening to music.

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Josh Gibson MD grant

As a practicing doctor, Josh was highly regarded for his kindness and exceptional leadership skills. In addition to dedicating years of his life as a psychiatrist and helping individuals lead emotionally healthier lives, Josh has also spent significant time, energy and passion on philanthropy, especially in helping younger people. Among his many philanthropic initiatives is the Josh Gibson MD Grant — an annual financial award of $1,000 given to some of the most talented students from low-income backgrounds throughout the country.

The Josh Gibson MD Grant is meant to financial support talented and driven students with the resources they need in order to fund their college education and become successful in their lives. The grant is a one-time financial award for the most deserving student who can write a brilliant essay on the question, “How difficult has it been to finance your college education to this point?”

Many studies indicate that two-thirds of American students who graduate are forced to take a loan, which usually amounts to more than $20,000. By offering the Josh Gibson MD Grant, Josh hopes to help students from less privileged backgrounds complete their education without facing the hefty burden of debts and loans.


In order to be eligible for the grant, all applicants must first meet the following criteria:
• The applicant must currently be a high school senior expected to enroll in an accredited US college or university OR
• The applicant must already be enrolled in an accredited US college or university
• The applicant must submit an essay on the topic: “Explain the personal value of your work history (outside of school).” You may include significant volunteer and community work or any other unpaid work and service you perform.

The Josh Gibson MD Grant will be awarded based on the evaluation of the entire application and essay. The Josh Gibson MD Grant is for college students in financial need who compellingly tell their story.

Amount: The winner will receive a one-time nonrefundable financial aid of $1,000.

Deadline: December 15, 2024

The final date of submission for the Josh Gibson MD Grant is December 15, 2024. The winner will be notified via an official email no later than January 15, 2025 and their name will be published on www.joshgibsonmdgrant.com

Application Process:

All applicants must submit their essay as a PDF attachment to info@joshgibsonmdgrant.com along with the following required details:
• Name
• Phone Number
• Mailing Address
• Email Address
• Date of Graduation
• Current GPA
• The university or college in which you are enrolled (to which the scholarship money will be paid).

Selection of Winner:

Following a rigorous and competitive evaluation process, the student with the most outstanding application and essay will be chosen as the winner of the Josh Gibson MD Grant. Hence, all applicants are encouraged to write an essay that is informative, detailed, and original. The use of ChatGPT or similar AI will lead to disqualification. The winning applicant will receive a notification via email no later than January 15, 2024, which they must acknowledge within 7 days, after which time another winner will be selected. The money will then be transferred to his/her school financial aid account.

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