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View a list of frequently asked questions about the MV3 Foundation and the application process to become an MV3 Scholar.

If you have additional questions not answered below contact The MV3 Foundation by email at

  • What does “MV3” stand for?
    “Mobilizing Voices through 3 Pillars: Education, Service, and Advocacy.”
  • What are the benefits of being an MV3 Scholar?
    MV3 Scholars become part of a lifelong community of early, mid, and late-career health science professionals who are passionate about investing in the next generation of Black leaders who will work to advance health equity. Scholar receive: scholarship support, an academic mentor, a professional development mentor, and a plethora of resources tailored to early, intentional preparation for entrance into health-science graduate degree programs.
  • What are the most common paths that current MV3 scholars take in health and/or biomedical science?
    At this time, the vast majority of MV3 Scholars are pursuing and receiving support towards following career paths: MD, DMD, PhD (biomedical/health science programs).
  • What are the expectations for MV3 Scholars?
    MV3 scholars have access to a wide-range of resources that will help them along every step of their undergraduate education, as well as the support of a host of mentors. We expect that MV3 scholars will attend all mentoring sessions in the MV3 Scholars Program, maintain timely communication with their mentor and Foundation leadership, participate in MV3 community events, and submit required feedback.
  • What type of students is the Foundation seeking?
    The Foundation welcomes applications from Black undergraduates who have the potential to positively impact the future of healthcare and biomedical sciences, particularly for communities of color. We seek individuals with leadership capabilities, academic drive, and a genuine passion for contributing to their community.
  • Who is eligible to be apply to be an MV3 Scholar?
    The MV3 Scholars Program is open to all Black students who will be or is currently enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution during the year of the current application.
  • Are post-graduate students eligible to apply?
    At this time, the MV3 Scholars Program is only available for current undergraduate students. However, there are other opportunities to stay involved with the Foundation, for example through contributing as a non-mentor team member or by attending MV3-wide events.
  • When does the application become live? When is the deadline?
    The application for the 2023-2024 MV3 Scholars Program was opened in April 2023. For scholars who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2023-2024 academic school year, the application deadline is June 1, 2023. For scholars who will be freshmen during the 2023-2024 academic school year, the application deadline is November 1, 2023.
  • Do you grant extensions for late applications?
    Unfortunately, because applications are reviewed at a set time, there are no extensions for late applications. If you will still be an undergraduate student the following year, we encourage you to apply when applications re-open!
  • How many scholars will you accept?
    This changes from year to year; for the 2023-2024 application cycle, we anticipate accepting 100 scholars.
  • Is there a fee to participate in the MV3 Scholars Program?
    No- the MV3 Scholars Program is completely free!
  • Who is eligible to be an MV3 volunteer?
    MV3 volunteers encompass a wide array of individuals in terms of education level, career stage, and personal identity. Individuals with a passion for MV3’s mission can meaningfully contribute to MV3 in a variety of ways, including as a mentor. For additional details, please see this link for the opportunities that would best apply to you:
  • What are the benefits of joining the MV3 volunteer team?
    MV3 volunteers become part of a national community of healthcare and biomedical professionals who are similarly passionate about advancing health equity and advocating for marginalized communities. Moreover, volunteers have a unique opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a new and quickly growing, national organization...which many of our volunteers have already done. Graduate student volunteers also receive opportunities for professional development and networking throughout the year. All volunteers receive certificates of program involvement, and the ability for a reference letter, in select cases.
  • What is the time commitment for an MV3 Mentor?
    Mentoring sessions take place monthly, beginning in August and ending in April of each academic year. Each mentoring session is designed to last an average of 1-1.5 hours.
  • Does the Foundation provide a curriculum to guide the sessions?
    Yes! Each session has a detailed outline of content we expect mentors to cover, while also using their experiences and expertise to guide discussions. We ask that each mentor briefly review the session content in advance of the meeting to know what is expected to be covered.
  • Do I need to meet my scholars in person?
    All mentoring sessions are conducted virtually.
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