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

Awardees for this program were 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:


Lance Truong

"My father, a refugee from Vietnam, was only able to complete elementary school before the fall of Saigon in 1975. My mother was also a refugee from Nicaragua's civil war, born in a relatively poor indigenously populated part of Nicaragua's gulf coast. I am multiracial and identify as a Nicaraguan/Vietnamese-American as well as an indigenous Central American. I am personally familiar with both the struggles of being a first-generation minority and having been born into a low socioeconomic background.

I have never before connected with a medical profession that shares my background, so AACOM's interest in recruiting more minorities in the osteopathic profession strikes a very emotional chord with me. Throughout my time as an undergraduate I struggled with this thought: I have never seen a doctor that looks like me, how can I see myself as a doctor?"

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Lance Truong was born in Fresno, CA to a Nicaraguan mother and a Vietnamese father, both of whom refugees of war. He is a multi-ethnic, first-generation American from a family of low socioeconomic status. Lance never considered a career in medicine before community college; because of personal circumstances he was only able to pass high school with a 2.1 GPA. After taking two years of remedial college prep courses at a community college while working part-time jobs, Lance was able to meet mentors that inspired him to dream bigger and led him to consider longer-term goals. After four years at community college, Lance became the first in his family to graduate from college, starting with an A.S. in Life Sciences from Fresno City College. After another two years of study, Lance became the first in his family to graduate from a university with a B.S. in Entomology from UC Davis. Currently, Lance attends Touro University Nevada as part of the DO class of 2019. He am currently interested in many of the primary care specialties, and plans to practice within medically underserved communities after medical school.

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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