Five DO Students Receive 2016 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship

AACOM is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship.


Arnstein awardees are selected based on a rigorous evaluation of their credentials, applications, and personal essays on ways to increase student diversity in osteopathic medical school. Of the more than 80 applications submitted to the program this year, five outstanding DO students have been selected to receive scholarships—a mark of AACOM’s commitment to fostering excellence by promoting diversity in osteopathic medical education (OME).

AACOM congratulates the following students:

  • Anita Boakye, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)
  • Kathryn Teixeira, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
  • Lance Truong, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM)
  • Qiana Smith, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC)
  • Megan Aspelund, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)

We hope that their stories may inspire and encourage students to come together to share experiences and promote diversity along the journey to a career in medicine. Check out this year’s Arnstein awardee profiles and essays.

About the Arnstein Scholarship

Named after former AACOM Executive Director and minority civil rights leader Sherry R. Arnstein, the Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program aims to recognize and support underrepresented minority students at AACOM’s member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs). Read Climbing the Ladder: A Look at Sherry R. Arnstein for more information on her life and work.

The 2017 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship application cycle opens January 1, 2017. Visit AACOM’s Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship web page for eligibility information, application deadlines, and more!


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