Osteopathic Scholarships

Supporting Future D.O.s

Supporting future osteopathic physicians helps to ensure that our community will continue to have local access to a broad range of care. Scholarships are a practical and meaningful way to support West Michigan medical students who are pursuing training in osteopathic colleges and osteopathic residents who practice in the greater Muskegon area. The goal of the program is to encourage physicians to return to the area, build their practices, and contribute to the long-term health of our community.

We are committed to supporting the next generation of osteopathic physicians so that our community continues to have local access to a broad range of care.

Three Scholarship Types

All scholarships are granted on an annual basis each spring. Interested applicants must submit their completed applications to the Foundation. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates and application deadlines.

Medical Education Scholarships will be considered for osteopathic medical students who graduated from high schools within the service area of the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan (Muskegon County, Oceana County, Newaygo County, and northern Ottawa County) and who are students in good standing at medical schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Although not required, recipients are encouraged to return to practice osteopathic medicine in the area that the Foundation serves. These awards are typically $1,000 each; students may apply each year of medical school.

The Dr. David A. Dora Medical Education Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Dr. Dora for his commitment of service to the community and his students. The $10,000 scholarship (payable in two $5,000 awards) is awarded to an outstanding third-year osteopathic medical student with Trinity Health Muskegon Muskegon (MHM) as their base hospital and an intention to participate in the MHM residency program. Students should apply in the spring of their third year. Please see the Scholarship FAQ for important criteria and alternate means of qualification.

Resident Retention Scholarships are available for osteopathic residents graduating MHM’s residency program who have formally committed to practice in the Lakeshore area. Please see our FAQ document for additional information.

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for scholarship criteria, decision-making process, allowed uses of funds, and other helpful information. Please note that all decisions to award (or not award) scholarships are at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

FAQ

“It came at a very good time.”

The scholarship was so important that it crossed my mind it might be divine intervention! I had no money, so it helped me get through some hard times in medical school. It covered the essentials like rent and food. It came at a very good time.
Dr. James Starr, Jr.

“This scholarship will help me continue my education.”

I will be attending Michigan State in the Fall, majoring in Human Biology, and this scholarship will greatly help me continue my education. Thank you again for this opportunity.
OsteoCHAMPS graduate, Muskegon High School

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