Section Menu

COM Continuing Student Scholarships

There are a variety of academic merit-based and/or need-based scholarships available for current medical students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. There are also a number of scholarships which have unique criteria as noted below. Most of these scholarships are processed 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. University and College scholarship dollars will be applied to tuition.

Academic merit

Recipients of these scholarships are determined by the College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarship committee. This category encourages academic achievement while a student is enrolled at the college.  Students are required to complete the scholarship application each year when it is made available.

Des Moines University Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: All DMU students. This is a competitive scholarship amongst the colleges and a COM student may apply. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Academic merit.

Description: This is a general scholarship fund for DMU students.

Process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Grace E. Gabriel Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Academic merit.

Description: This endowment fund was established through the estate of Grace E. Gabriel.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced
through Pulse.

Joyce and Stanley Gallagher Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Academic merit. This award is for General Program support.

Description: Endowment account established by Dr. and Mrs. Gallagher for their annual gifts to the University. Intended for highest priority programming of the University.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Gordon Meaney Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Academic merit.

Description: This endowment was established through the trust of Gordon E. Meaney. It was his intent that the Board of Directors use this gift for scholarship purposes. Gordon Meaney was preceded in death by his son, William Meaney, D.O., a graduate of the Class of 1952.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Plundo/DeGregory Family Scholarship

Eligibility: 4th year students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine

Criteria:  Academic

Description:  This endowment was established by Drs. David A. & Terri L. Plundo and Dr. Gary P. Plundo for scholarships for DMU 4th year COM students who are in good academic standing with the University.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 Sahai Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Academic merit.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by Anil K. Sahai, DO, Ph.D for clinical program scholarships.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Charles Timmons Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Academic merit.

Description: This endowment was established by Eugene L. Timmons D.O. Class of 1959 in memory of his father Charles L. Timmons D.O., Class of 1918.

Application process Begins: December 13. The application process will be announced through Pulse.

 

Financial need

Recipients of these scholarships are determined by the College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarship committee. These scholarships help to reduce the cost of attendance for those students who show a need for financial assistance. The number and amount of awards to College of Osteopathic Medicine students will be based upon expendable amounts for that year. To be considered for these financial need scholarships, students are required to file a FAFSA form. Students are also required to complete the scholarship application each year.

Class of 1969 Scholarship

Eligibility: The Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will recommend a rising 4th year student.

Criteria: A student deemed in significant need of financial assistance, demonstrated outstanding academic initiative since matriculation and exemplifies outstanding professional promise in the osteopathic profession.

Description: This endowment was created by the Class of 1969 with the leadership of Max T. McKinney, D.O.

Application process: There is no application required.

Des Moines University Employees Scholarships

Eligibility: All DMU students. This is a competitive scholarship amongst the colleges and a COM student may apply. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Students must be deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing.

Description: This fund is established with the purpose of providing an opportunity for employees and their family members to make contributions for scholarship to DMU students through the annual faculty staff campaign or for other purposes throughout the year.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Harry S. and Helen G. Heller Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students must be deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing.

Description: This endowment was established by a gift from Gary L. Heller D.O. (’78), in honor of his parents. Gary and his brother, Jeffrey (’83), are both graduates of DMU and their parents
were very supportive in helping them pursue their education.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Barbara and Donald Janower Scholarship

Eligibility: Second, third and fourth year students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students must be deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by Barbara and Donald Janower D.O. for students deemed in significant need of financial assistance and who are in good academic standing.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Charlene Mastandrea Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: The scholarship is to assist worthy and deserving young men and women who are enrolled and pursuing courses on a fulltime basis at DMU.

Description: This fund was established by the Estate of Robert E. Mastandrea in memory of his wife, Charlene Beatrice Mastandrea.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

William Utter Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students must be deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic
standing.

Description: This endowment was established in honor of William Utter.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Geneva Watson Scholarship

Eligibility: For 3rd and 4th-year students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Worthy students during their 3rd or 4th year.

Description: This fund was established in 1991 through the estate of Geneva D. Watson. Miss Watson was a grateful patient of a northwest Iowa Osteopathic physician.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

US Bank Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: Deserving students in need of financial aid.

Description: This endowment was established by US Bank.

Application process: The application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Specific criteria scholarships

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has many scholarship endowments which list unique criteria that a student must possess in order to be awarded the scholarship. For example, one of our specific criteria endowments calls for a student who has an interest in music while another calls for a tangible interest in military medicine. In order to be considered for these various specific criteria scholarships, students are required to complete the scholarship application each year.

Branstad/Reynolds Healthcare Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: A current D.O. student who is interested in practicing in Iowa and preferably in a rural community.

Description: The funding for this scholarship comes from the Inauguration of Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds.  The funds left over from the Inauguration were placed into scholarship opportunities.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

William Cruzen Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: A student who has demonstrated an interest in practicing Emergency Medicine, in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing.

Description: This endowment was created by a gift from William Cruzen, D.O.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Des Moines General Hospital Scholarship

Eligibility: This scholarship fund is intended for students currently enrolled in COM or accepted as a student intending to enroll.

Criteria: Preference in awards will be given to students from Iowa who have a strong commitment to this state and intend to practice in Iowa. Criteria also include past academic achievement and financial need. One or more students can receive this award annually giving the COM Scholarship Committee discretion on selection of student recipients.

Description: Endowed scholarship established by Des Moines General Hospital.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: For 3rd year students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Based on high academic standing and a tangible interest in military medicine.

Description: This endowment was established by Dr. Michael M. Fishkin D.O., ’73, who served in Desert Storm, and Ellen D. Fishkin. This endowment is to honor the men and women who left their homes and practices to serve their country and help their fellow human beings. This applies to 3rd year students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine who have a high academic standing and a tangible interest in military medicine.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Dorgan Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: DMU students who are African-American.

Criteria: The income from this fund is to be used to aid, comfort, and support or provide assistance to the people of the African-American race.

Description: This endowed fund is used to assist African-American students.

Deans have the opportunity to nominate applicants and one student will be chosen from the nominees.

Merrill M. Goldstein M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and leadership qualities.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established to honor the memory of Merrill M. Goldstein, M.D. Dr. Goldstein was a mentor and friend of DMU President Richard Ryan as well as Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Guilliam Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students who have an interest in Osteopathic Manual Medicine.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established to assist students with an interest in Osteopathic Manual Medicine.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Catherine A. and Watson A. Gutowski D.O. Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are enrolled in their 4th year in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: The 3rd and 4th year classes will nominate one fellow class member from the 4th year class who will do the most for the osteopathic profession.  Student must also be in good academic standing with the University.

Description: The Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will be responsible for the oversight of the above selections.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: For students who make a commitment to practice in Iowa for a specified period of time following completion of their physician or health sciences programs.

Description: An endowed scholarship established by Farm Bureau to provide scholarships.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Iowa Medical Society Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: 3rd or 4th year D.O. students from Iowa

Description: This scholarship fund was established by the Iowa Medical Society for the benefit of native Iowans who are 3rd or 4th year students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Robert Wood Johnson Student Aid Program

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students who are women, students from rural backgrounds, and those from this country’s Black, Indian, Mexican-American and mainland Puerto Rican populations.

Description: This fund was established through the Association of American Medical Colleges to respond to the need for improving access to physician services in rural areas and inner-city poverty areas. It is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Dr. Richard M. and Margaret Kotz Scholarship

Eligibility: The award is open to students enrolled in or accepted into the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership qualities and financial need.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by Dr. Richard and Margaret Kotz.

 

Joan Lans Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: To a student who has demonstrated interest in/or involvement in music. Additional criteria include those deemed in need of financial assistance and who are in good academic standing with the university.

Description: This fund was established in honor of Joan Lans by David M. Lans, D.O. Joan Lans loved music and was an accomplished piano player.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Byron Laycock D.O. Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Preference will be given to Fellows in the Department of Osteopathic Manual Medicine.

Criteria: To a student interested in promoting the principles and practice of osteopathy.

Description: This fund was established in memory of Dr. Laycock by his wife, Johanna. Dr. Laycock taught Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at UOMHS from 1940 to 1975. He graduated from Northwestern University and Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (January, 1938).

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Justice Alfred D. Lerner Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students including first year students.

Criteria: A veteran of one of the branches of the U.S. military who is enrolled in one of the colleges of Des Moines University. The recipient will be deemed in significant need of financial assistance and in good academic standing with the University.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Justice Alfred D. Lerner and is awarded to a veteran of the U.S. military.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Sharon Levin Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: For general support at the College of Osteopathic Medicine with priority given to students with an interest in pediatric medicine.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by Pitts Levin in memory of his daughter Sharon.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Diane McCaughtry Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: The Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will recommend a 3rd or 4th year D.O. student.

Criteria:  Students must show improvement over two years of study, show ability to work harmoniously with fellow students, and show promise as an osteopathic physician.  Students must also be in good academic standing with the university.

Description: This scholarship was established as a memorial to Ms. McCaughtry, a COM student, who died in 1977.

There is no application required.

Edward and Amanda Miller Scholarship

Eligibility: All DMU students. The number of awards to the College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the amount of the awards will be based upon expendable amounts for that year.

Criteria: To students who have an interest in pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Description: This endowed scholarship was funded through the wills of Alvin and Anna Miller, brother and sister, of Wheaton, MN, in memory of their parents Edward and Amanda Miller and brothers Hugo and Warren to benefit children for pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

John S. Molea D.O. Scholarship

Eligibility: For College of Osteopathic Medicine students entering their 3rd year.

Criteria: Based on financial need, community service, and the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing and progress.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by a gift from Nellie J. Molea, in honor of her late husband, John S. Molea, D.O. (’59). Dr. Molea was a faculty member and senior official for the Osteopathic College of Ohio University for more than 20 years.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Ononuju Scholarship

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: Students with an interest in global health and research, deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing with the University.

Description: This American Medical Missionary Care Endowed Scholarship (Ononuju Scholarship Fund) is being established by Dr. Chidozie J. Ononjuj.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Claude Oster D.O. Scholarship

Eligibility: All students enrolled in or accepted into DMU. Preference will be given to students enrolled in COM.

Criteria: Priority given to dependents of members of the United Auto Workers. If there are no qualified applicants from the UAW, then dependents of an organized labor union will be given priority. If there are no qualified applicants from organized labor, then the annual awards are open to students who qualify for financial assistance.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established in the fall of 1985 by Claude Oster, D.O. One or more awards will be made annually. Recipients can reapply in succeeding years for scholarship awards.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Marjean Reed Scholarship

Eligibility:  The Department of Surgery will recommend a surgical teaching assistant.

Criteria: A top DO or DPM student that is a surgical teaching assistant and in good academic standing with the University will be nominated by the Department of Surgery.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established by Dr. Kendall Reed in memory of his wife, Marjean J. Reed, R.N.

There is no application required.  Awards will be made at the COM Rite of Passage ceremony.

 

Dr. Yogesh and Deval Shah Scholarship

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine in their 3rd year.

Criteria:  Students with an interest in global health and research, deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing with the University.

Description:  This fund is being established by Dr. Yogesh and Mrs. Deval Shah.  Yogesh Shah M.D. is the Associate Dean of Global Health.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

 

Barbara Sowers Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: For students who plan to practice Osteopathic Manual Medicine.

Description: This endowed scholarship was established through the estate of Barbara Sowers.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Myrtle Hohl Staley Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are presently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Criteria: DMU first year students from Iowa.  Criteria include past academic achievement, leadership qualities and financial need.

Description:  This fund was established by Myrtle Hohl Staley through a Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

Application process for this DMU scholarship will be announced through Pulse.

Kelly K. Wifler Scholarship

Eligibility: The Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will recommend a 2nd year student.

Criteria: A 2nd year student who best typifies the attributes of Kelly Wifler.  Including past academic achievement, leadership qualities & financial need.

Description: This is an endowed scholarship in COM that is dedicated to the memory of Kelly Kathryn Wifler, who was a second year student in the fall of 1998 at the time of her tragic death.  It is hoped that the recipient will reflect & emulate Kelly’s outstanding tributes of joy in living, motivation towards her profession, dedication to her goals & respect for human kind.

Application process: There is no application required.