University and college scholarship dollars will be applied to tuition. Students with full tuition scholarship awards from any source are ineligible. Students may apply for more than one scholarship, however will only be awarded one scholarship.
Applications due March 1, 2017.
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Academic Merit Scholarships
Recipients of these scholarships are determined by the COM 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. These scholarships are funded by various Emeritus faculty scholarships and other DMU funds.
The scholarship committee will obtain your GPA and class rank from the Registrar’s Office.
Financial Need Scholarships
Recipients of the Financial Need scholarships are determined by the COM scholarship committee. These scholarships help to reduce the cost of attendance for those students who show a need for financial assistance. The number of COM students and the amount of the awards will be based on expendable amounts for the year. To be considered for these financial need scholarships, students are required to file a FAFSA form and complete the scholarship application each year. These scholarships are funded by the Harry S. and Helen G. Heller Scholarship, the Barbara and Donald Janower Scholarship, the Charles L. Timmons Scholarship, the William Utter Scholarship and the Geneva Watson Scholarship.
The scholarship committee will obtain information from your current FAFSA through the financial aid office.
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 the 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.
Family Medicine scholarships
Dr. Allen and Terry Auerbach Scholarship:
Scholarships will be awarded to students who have a strong interest in family medicine. Additional criteria include those deemed in need of financial assistance and those who are in good academic standing with the university.
Plundo/DeGregory Family Scholarship:
This endowment was established by Drs. David A. & Terri L. Plundo and Dr. Gary P. Plundo. The intent of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an entering 4th year student that has chosen Family Medicine as their carreer. Students must also be in good academic standing.
Emergency Medicine – William Cruzen D.O. Scholarship
A student who has demonstrated an interest in practicing Emergency Medicine, in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing is eligible for this scholarship.
Iowa Resident Scholarships
Des Moines General Hospital Scholarship:
Preference in awards will be given to students from Iowa who have a strong commitment to this state and intend to practice in Iowa. Additional criteria also include past academic achievement and financial need.
Myrtle Hohl Staley Scholarship:
Preference given to entering 2nd year students from the state of Iowa with past academic achievement, leadership qualities and financial need.
Branstad Reynolds Healthcare Scholarship:
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 including scholarships for Iowa medical students. This year they would like to award this scholarship to a DMU DO student that is interested in practicing in Iowa and preferably in a rural community.
HPSP students are not eligible since their tuition is paid by the military already.
Desert Storm Scholarship:
Designed for a student entering the 3rd year who has a high academic standing and a tangible interest in military medicine (HPSP students are not eligible since their tuition is paid by the military already).
Physician Patriot Award:
This award was established by Dr. & Mrs. Arvin Trippensee to honor and support the men and women who have or are committed to serve in the military. Student must be a veteran of the armed services (having been honorably discharged) and/or a student with a current commitment to serve (HPSP students are not eligible). Students must be entering their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of school and preference is given to students in the top 25% of the class and must be in the top 50%.
Students interested in promoting the principles and practice of OMM. These scholarship funds include Guilliam Scholarship Fund, Byron Laycock D.O. Scholarship and the Barbara Sowers Scholarship.
Academic Achievement and Leadership Qualities
Students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership qualities and financial need. These scholarship funds include Merrill M. Goldstein M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Imperial/Grand Prix Scholarship, Dr. Richard M. and Margaret Kotz Scholarship and the Paul L. Ruza D.O. Scholarship.
Minority – Robert Wood Johnson Scholarship
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. Students who are eligible are women, students from rural backgrounds, and those from this country’s Black, Indian, Mexican-American and mainland Puerto Rican populations.
Music – Joan Lans Scholarship
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. Scholarships will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated interest in/or involvement in music. Additional criteria include those deemed in need of financial assistance who are in good academic standing with the university.
These scholarships are designed for students who have an interest in pediatric and adolescent medicine. These scholarship funds include Edward and Amanda Miller Scholarship and Sharon Levin Scholarship.
3rd year Community Service Scholarship – John S. Molea D.O. Scholarship
Entering third year students can apply for this scholarship which is based on financial need, community service and the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing and progress.
Global Health Scholarships – Ononuju Scholarship
This scholarship was established for students who have an interest in Global Health and research, deemed in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing with the University.
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Science Background – Leonard Fronton Scholarship Fund
Scholarship recipients will be students who have previously completed undergraduate or graduate degrees in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Science. Students must also be in good academic standing and be deemed in significant need of financial assistance.
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