Scholarship Program

“Medical school is tough in many ways. Mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and socially. Finding out you can have support by a scholarship with recognition and financial help, gave me motivation in many areas where I was struggling. Sometimes having someone say what you are doing is enough and that someday you will do great things in this profession was enough for me. The money was a bonus to make things a little easier and remain balanced during that crazy time.” Nicolette Rosendahl, DO and Previous Scholarship Recipient

Since the 1986-87 scholastic school year, the Foundation has awarded over 580 scholarships in support of students from the Northwest.

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open on or about February 28, 2023


2022-23 Scholarships (this will be updated in early 2023)
The Foundation is committed to presenting $100,000 in scholarships in 2022-23 with a minimum of $10,000 per scholarship.
ALASKA Thanks to generous funding from the Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association and DOs in Alaska, we will present a scholarship to a student from and dedicated to returning to Alaska.
MONTANA Thanks to generous support from the Shirley Carpenter Endowment Scholarship Fund, the Montana Osteopathic Medical Association, and DOs in Montana, we will present a scholarship to a student from and dedicated to returning to Montana.
WASHINGTON Thanks to generous funding from the Washington Osteopathic Foundation and DOs in Washington, we will present a scholarship to a student from and dedicated to returning to Washington.
WILLIS WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP Thanks to the generous support of Genie Willis DO, we will present a scholarship to a female student from Oregon who attends WesternU Oregon Campus College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR
STUDENT OF COLOR from a HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUP Thanks to generous support from donors in honor of our 35th Anniversary, this scholarship will go to a student who can demonstrate a commitment to helping improve healthcare outcomes through patient care for people of color. (supplemental application required for consideration)
LGBTQ+ Thanks to generous support from donors in honor of our 35th Anniversary, this scholarship will go to a student who can demonstrate a commitment to helping improve healthcare outcomes through patient care in the LGBTQ+ community. (supplemental application required for consideration)
GIVING BACK Thanks to previous recipients of a Foundation scholarship and other DOs that want to “give back” to those that supported them, we will present one or more of these general scholarships.

Who is Eligible To Apply?
Students enrolled in a COCA accredited school who will be OMSII, OMS III, or OMSIV for the 2022-23 academic year are eligible to apply. No scholarships are provided to first-year students.

Who Is Most Likely To Recieve a Scholarship?

  1. Applicants must be osteopathic medical school students in their second, third, or fourth year when they receive the scholarship.
  2. Student applicants must demonstrate commitment to practicing medicine in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and/or Washington State; or the Northwest in general.
  3. Student applicants must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine.
  4. Student applicants must demonstrate a commitment to volunteer leadership and community service.

What Are The Components Of The Application?
— one 90-second “selfie-style” video
— one or more short essays, depending on the scholarship
— one letter of recommendation