Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship


This award recognizes underrepresented minority students attending one of the member colleges of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

The 2021 application cycle is now closed. 

Read AACOM's press release on this year's scholarship recipients

Each year AACOM awards a financial scholarship to at least two osteopathic medical students: one newly accepted student and one continuing student. This scholarship is named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein.

To learn more about Sherry Arnstein, please read this bio, Climbing the Ladder: A Look at Sherry R. Arnstein and Climbing Arnstein's Ladder, the third article in 2005 AICP National Planning Landmarks and Pioneers. (4 pages, 82k)


To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  1. African American, Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian, mainland Puerto Rican or Hispanic American as instructed by Sherry Arnstein in her trust (these criteria cannot be adjusted by AACOM)
  2. In good academic standing and either:
    • currently enrolled in his or her first, second or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine
    • OR a student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges.

Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible.


Application deadline: August 15, 2021. Awardees will be notified in October.

All entries must include the required information, with all appropriate signatures, in addition to the required essay. Incomplete entries will not be considered.


The following items are needed for your application:

  1. A completed DO student application form
  2. If you are a new student: a copy of the acceptance letter from the college of osteopathic medicine where you plan to attend in the fall of 2021
  3. Answer the following questions:
    • How and why were you drawn to osteopathic medicine?
      (limited to 2,000 characters)
    • Describe a significant challenge that you experienced as a URM aspiring or current medical student. Please tell us your ideas that could help others overcome similar challenges.
      (limited to 2,000 characters)
    • We are looking for ideas and innovative solutions. What could osteopathic medical schools do to recruit and retain more underrepresented minority students?
      (limited to 4,000 characters)

Essay Judging Criteria

  • The ideas in the essay are innovative or have an innovative component.
  • The ideas in the essay are presented with proposed actions.
  • The essay contains a good discussion of the significance of the ideas.
  • The proposed actions are feasible.
  • The applicant has a willingness to help promote osteopathic medicine to underrepresented minorities (URM).
  • The essay is well written and grammatically correct.
  • Number of innovative ideas presented in essay.
  • Applicant initiated current or past URM-related activities.
  • Applicant participated in current or past URM-related activities.
  • Applicant addressed all essay questions.


Contact Erik Guercio, MA, AACOM Director of Research and staff liaison of AACOM's Council on Diversity and Equity, at eguercio@aacom.org.