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College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarships

There are a variety of academic merit-based and/or need-based scholarships available for both incoming and current medical students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Most of these scholarships are selected and approved by the dean and the College of Osteopathic Medicine Scholarship Committee. Others may be handled and processed by the Financial Aid Office in consultation with the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Incoming students academic merit scholarships

The dean and the College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarship committee each year identifies individuals from the entering class to receive these scholarships, which are funded by endowments in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Des Moines University. Recipients are chosen from a group of finalists selected on the basis of their academic achievement. There is no application process as the College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarship committee determines the recipients.

View descriptions for the academic merit scholarships.

  • Charles Casey Memorial Scholarship
  • Kevin A. Colburn Memorial Scholarship
  • COM Scholarship
  • COM Tuition Discount
  • Aletha Tente Dawson Scholarship
  • DMU Employees Scholarship
  • Dorothy Diener Memorial Scholarship
  • Emeritus Faculty-Thomas Breithaupt Scholarship
  • Emeritus Faculty-Daniel Deavers Scholarship
  • Emeritus Faculty-William Dyche Scholarship
  • Emeritus Faculty-Diane Hills Scholarship
  • Emeritus Faculty-Priti Lacy Scholarship
  • Grace E. Gabriel Memorial Scholarship
  • Willie Stevenson and Luther T. Glanton Scholarship*
  • Murray Goldstein D.O. Scholarship
  • Herbert Scholarship
  • Gordon Meaney Scholarship
  • William Karl Stefan Scholarship
  • Fred William Tente D.O. Scholarship
  • US Bank Scholarship

* Directed toward diversity, need, and academic achievement

Continuing students – academic merit, financial need and specific criteria scholarships

View descriptions for the continuing student scholarships.

  • Class of 1969 Scholarship
  • William Cruzen D.O. Scholarship
  • Des Moines General Hospital Scholarship
  • Des Moines University Scholarship Fund
  • Des Moines University Employees Scholarship
  • Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Scholarship
  • Joseph Dorgan Memorial Scholarship
  • Grace E. Gabriel Memorial Scholarship
  • Joyce and Stanley Gallagher Scholarship
  • Merrill M. Goldstein M.D. Memorial Scholarship
  • Guilliam Scholarship Fund
  • Catherine A. & Watson A. Gutowski, D.O. Scholarship Fund
  • Harry S. and Helen G. Heller Scholarship
  • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
  • Barbara and Donald Janower Scholarship
  • Robert Wood Johnson Student Aid Program
  • Margaret A. and Richard M. Kotz Scholarship
  • Joan Lans Scholarship
  • Byron Laycock D.O. Scholarship
  • Justice Alfred D. Lerner Scholarship
  • Sharon Levin Scholarship
  • Charlene Beatrice Mastandrea Scholarship
  • Diane McCaughtry Memorial Scholarship
  • Gordon Meaney Scholarship
  • Edward and Amanda Miller Scholarship
  • John S. Molea D.O. Scholarship
  • Ononuju Scholarship
  • Claude Oster D.O. Scholarship
  • Plundo Family Scholarship
  • Marjean Reed Scholarship
  • Sahai Scholarship
  • Dr. Yogesh and Deval Shah Scholarship
  • Barbara Sowers Scholarship
  • Myrtle Hohl Staley Scholarship
  • Charles Timmons D.O. Scholarship
  • US Bank Scholarship
  • William Utter Scholarship
  • Geneva D. Watson Scholarship
  • Kelly K. Wifler Scholarship

*Directed towards diversity, need and academic achievement.

 Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Military Scholarship

Provided by the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force). Apply directly to one of the services through a military recruiter. Each scholarship provides the costs of tuition, required fees, health insurance, required books and equipment and a monthly living allowance. After completion of your residency, you must repay one year of military service for each year of scholarship.

Contact information

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Apply directly to the service. Each scholarship provides the costs of tuition, required fees, health insurance, required books and equipment and a monthly living allowance. After completing a D.O. residency you must repay one year of service for each year of scholarship. Visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/  for information.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

Provided by the Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Apply directly to the service. Each scholarship provides the costs of tuition, required fees, health insurance, required books and equipment and a monthly living allowance. After completing a D.O. residency, you must repay one year of service for each year of scholarship. Preference may be given to members of federally recognized Native American tribes and Alaska natives. Information is available at www.ihs.gov.

Rural Medicine Educational Pathways Scholarship (RMEP)

Des Moines University and its Area Health Education Center program are proactively addressing critical shortages of health care providers and practitioners in Iowa’s rural communities through the creation of the Rural Medicine Educational Pathway (RMEP).  The RMEP program provides specialized education, training and tools to better prepare students for service in rural, underserved areas of Iowa.

Loan repayment programs

Iowa’s Health Care Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP)

Up to $100,000 of student debt reduction in return for four years of practice in an Iowa shortage area or medically underserved community. Learn more about this program.

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (IHS)

Provided by the Indian Health Service. Contracts with health professionals to provide health care services at an Indian health program site. Student loan debt is reduced by up to $20,000 for each year of service. Learn more about this program.

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC)

Provided by the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contracts with health professionals to provide health care services at a NHSC-approved site. Available to D.O. and PA graduates. Student loan debt is reduced by up to $60,000 for a two-year service commitment. Learn more about this program.

Other state programs

If you are interested in returning to your state of residence check and see what type of programs may be available to you. There is also a website that list some programs available throughout the country.