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Des Moines University Scholarships

Academic Merit and Holistic Scholarships for Incoming Students

Each college’s admissions team annually identifies individuals from the entering class to receive these scholarships, which are funded by endowments in the respective college and Des Moines University. Scholarship recipients are chosen from finalists selected on a basis of their academic and holistic backgrounds. There is no application process as the admissions team determines recipients. Students with renewable scholarships must maintain the specific criteria in their scholarship letter. If a student fails to maintain eligibility at any point, they will no longer receive the scholarship for future years.

Glanton Fund

Established to recognize the contributions of the late Judge Luther T. Glanton and W. Stevenson Glanton to Des Moines University and the Des Moines community, the Glanton Fund assists students with professional and academic promise in attending the university. The Glanton Fund requires eligible recipients to demonstrate financial need, which is determined by a valid FAFSA on an annual basis.

Sandra Teague Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by members of the PT class of '98, as well as physical therapy faculty and staff members at DMU, in memory of Sandra Teague (PT Class of '98). Sandra was killed in the tragic plane crash that targeted the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The scholarship is awarded annually to a 3rd year D.P.T. student.

Outside Scholarships


Since 1955, National AMBUCS, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to therapy students in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. To date, more than $8.3 million in scholarships have been awarded to nearly 15,000 students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology.

Over $150,000 is awarded annually with individual awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000.

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The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in partnership with CastleBranch sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools.  The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Starting in 2014, the most outstanding Scholarship of Excellence recipient receives an additional $1,000 Elwood Scholar award.

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Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy award

This scholarship is provided by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Visionary Foundation, Inc in honor of Dr. Gary Soderberg, former Program Director of Creighton University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Omaha, NE. To date more than $15,000 has been awarded to students from professional DPT Programs.  Students must be in their final year of study to apply.

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Indian Health Service Scholarship

The Indian Health Service scholarship program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaskan Native (federally recognized only) students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligations and pay-back requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding.

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The Tylenol Scholarship Fund

Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well-deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we’re proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others.

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Loan repayment programs

Health Care Professional Recruitment Program

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

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 $40,000 for each year of service. Learn more about this program.


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