Scholarship Program

Investing in the future of osteopathic medicine in the Pacific Northwest begins by supporting today’s osteopathic medical students. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program helps defray some of the cost of osteopathic medical school tuition.

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

The application period for our 2022-2023 scholarship program has now closed. We will announce our scholarship recipients about June 1st.


2022-23 Scholarships
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 Western University 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?
— Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate a sincere commitment to practicing osteopathic medicine in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State.
— Medical students who can demonstrate leadership skills and community volunteer experience will also make strong candidates.
— Membership in one or more state osteopathic medical associations is encouraged and sometimes required, depending on the scholarship. It is almost always free to students.

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