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The 2017 application cycle closed March 31, 2017. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. Awardees will be notified by August 2017.



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

Each year AACOM awards a financial scholarship to at least two osteopathic medical students, one of which is newly accepted and one a 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)

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must be an underrepresented minority student (African American, Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian; mainland Puerto Rican or Hispanic American) in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second, or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible.

Deadline

The 2017 Application closed March 31, 2017. Awardees will be notified by August 2017. 

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

Application 

If you are a continuing osteopathic medical student, the following items are needed for your application:

  1. A completed Continuing DO Student Application form  
  2. A signed verification form from your Student Affairs Officer
  3. A double-spaced, 750-word (maximum) essay with your name and page number at the top of each page that answers the following questions:
    • How and why were you drawn to osteopathic medicine?
    • What could osteopathic medical schools do to recruit and retain more underrepresented minority students?
    • What do you personally plan to do as a student and as a future DO to help increase minority student enrollment at osteopathic medical colleges?

If you are a new osteopathic medical student, the following items are needed for your application:

  1. A completed New DO Student Application form 
  2. A copy of the acceptance letter from the college of osteopathic medicine where you plan to attend in the fall of 2017
  3. A double-spaced, 750-word (maximum) essay with your name and page number at the top of each page, that answers the following questions:
    • How and why were you drawn to osteopathic medicine?
    • What could osteopathic medical schools do to recruit and retain more underrepresented minority students?
    • What do you personally plan to do as a student and as a future DO to help increase minority student enrollment at osteopathic medical colleges?

Essay Judging Criteria

  • The ideas in the essay are innovative or have an innovative component.
  • The ideas in the essay are presented in detail with proposed actions.
  • The essay contains a good discussion of the significance of the ideas including pros and cons.
  • The proposed actions are feasible.
  • The applicant has a willingness to help promote osteopathic medicine to underrepresented minorities.  

Questions?

Reach out to Joye Shepperd at (301) 968-4142 or jshepperd@aacom.org.