SOMA Foundation Scholarships & Grants Portal
Individual applicants can apply.
Opens Feb 1 2024 12:00 AM (CST)
Deadline May 11 2024 11:59 PM (CDT)
Description

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Foundation is a student managed, non-profit organization specializing in providing scholarships for current Osteopathic medical students who are members of National SOMA. Our Spring Scholarship cycle is available to students from every stage in their educational career (OMS I-IV) who are active SOMA members. Questions can be directed to Marisa Vander Feen, Director of Scholarships and Grants (scholarships-grants@studentdo.com). Best of luck to all applicants!

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL OUTREACH SCHOLARSHIP

Up to two (2) students will be selected for the scholarship and receive up to $1,000 to cover expenses associated with a Power of a Nickel (PON) trip. PON global health trips are catered to providing healthcare and health education for underserved and medically needy persons. Please review upcoming PON trips: https://powerofanickel.org/trips/. This discount is intended for those wishing to conduct research or scholarly activities related to activities encountered on the medical trip. A research article, poster presentation, article for publication or presentation at an accredited venue, or a publishable case study is required. The initial 50% of the scholarship ($500) will be awarded prior to the trip and the remaining 50% will be awarded after the research component has been submitted, within 6 months of trip completion.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must hold membership within SOMA.Students must be OMS I, II, III, or IV.The cause must be applied to a Power of a Nickel (PON) Global Trip (https://powerofanickel.org/trips/)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Essay (500 Word Max) on Topic: State how your chosen PON experience will benefit your education and future career as an osteopathic physician.CV

SOMAF INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP IN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPThis $1,000 scholarship awards a student who has taken steps to better the healthcare field with innovative and creative methods that not only benefit the patients, but the physicians as well.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online application – students may apply directly.Statement of no more than 1500 words describing the importance that innovation and creative thinking has within today’s healthcare delivery. List at least one example of which you have contributed to fostering innovation within medicine (addressing challenges of quality, affordability through new approach, modifying a current system for something better, etc) and how such experience will help prepare you for your future career in Osteopathic Medicine.  One (1) letter of recommendation either from school official or a supervisor knowledgeable of applicant's community medicine experience.Curriculum Vitae or resume.

PHYSICIAN LOANS A.T. STILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPSTwo Osteopathic Medical students will receive a scholarship for $1,000 and the award will be distributed at the annual spring SOMA convention. This scholarship is sponsored by Physician Loans, an organization that offers The Doctor Loan, a loan program that offers a great mortgage and resources for you after graduating medical school. Applicants may describe any clinical experience where they utilized OMT during the current academic year.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationStatement of 250 words or less describing your clinical experience utilizing OMT during the current academic yearCurriculum Vitae or resume  

SOMA SCHOLAR AWARDOne SOMA member will receive a scholarship of $500 donated by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). 

ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must hold membership within SOMA.Students must be OMS I, II, III, or IV.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Essay (750 Word Max) on Topic: How have you embodied the pillars of SOMA: Pillar I - Membership, Pillar II - Policy & Healthcare Advocacy, Pillar III - Visibility & Public Image, Pillar IV - Organizational Growth. For more information on the pillars of SOMA:  https://studentdo.org/strategic-plan/CV

SOMA SPRING TRAVEL GRANTSUp to four (4) Osteopathic medical students will receive reimbursement for up to $500 to attend the 2024 SOMA Spring Convention. The winners(s) of the travel grant are required to participate in SOMA Foundation activities held during the SOMA conference.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationCurriculum Vitae or resume  Statement of 250 words or less for each response: 1) Why is coming to the conference important to you and what are you going to accomplish by attending? 2) What will you take away from the conference to better yourself, your COM, your community? 3) Please describe what aspects of travel the grant would support? Be as specific as possible. Do you anticipate any other funding or support, (ie. Your school or state society)?

MARVIN H. AND KATHLEEN G. TEGET LEADERSHIP IN SPECIALTY MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPSTwo Osteopathic medical students will each receive a scholarship for $1,000 and the award will be distributed at the annual spring SOMA convention.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationStatement of 250 words or less describing your demonstrated leadership in a specialty fieldCurriculum Vitae or resume  

NORTHUP EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDThe George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award was developed by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) in honor of George Northup, D.O.  Dr. Northup acted as mentor to many osteopathic medical students throughout his career, often going above and beyond the call of duty to improve students' educational experiences. Each year, local SOMA chapters nominate a professor, dean, or faculty member from their osteopathic medical school who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Northup. Nominees in the past have provided countless additional hours to students during exam preparation, have opened their homes to students, volunteered in the community, and acted as a friend when needed.

SOMA Chapters will nominate a single individual and provide a 500 word max explanation for why the nominee should receive the Northup Educator of the Year Award. In addition, provide the nominee's CV for further consideration. Due to a significant number of highly qualified nominees, up to 5 finalists will be selected by March 3, 2024. 

The top 5 finalists will then be asked to make a two minute video to be presented at the 2024 National SOMA House of Delegates (HOD) in April at the Spring Convention in Washington, D.C where the winner will be selected by ballot vote. The winner will be recognized at the 2024 SOMA Foundation Fall Reception at OMED in San Antonio, TX.

SOMA Foundation Scholarships & Grants Portal


The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Foundation is a student managed, non-profit organization specializing in providing scholarships for current Osteopathic medical students who are members of National SOMA. Our Spring Scholarship cycle is available to students from every stage in their educational career (OMS I-IV) who are active SOMA members. Questions can be directed to Marisa Vander Feen, Director of Scholarships and Grants (scholarships-grants@studentdo.com). Best of luck to all applicants!

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL OUTREACH SCHOLARSHIP

Up to two (2) students will be selected for the scholarship and receive up to $1,000 to cover expenses associated with a Power of a Nickel (PON) trip. PON global health trips are catered to providing healthcare and health education for underserved and medically needy persons. Please review upcoming PON trips: https://powerofanickel.org/trips/. This discount is intended for those wishing to conduct research or scholarly activities related to activities encountered on the medical trip. A research article, poster presentation, article for publication or presentation at an accredited venue, or a publishable case study is required. The initial 50% of the scholarship ($500) will be awarded prior to the trip and the remaining 50% will be awarded after the research component has been submitted, within 6 months of trip completion.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must hold membership within SOMA.Students must be OMS I, II, III, or IV.The cause must be applied to a Power of a Nickel (PON) Global Trip (https://powerofanickel.org/trips/)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Essay (500 Word Max) on Topic: State how your chosen PON experience will benefit your education and future career as an osteopathic physician.CV

SOMAF INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP IN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPThis $1,000 scholarship awards a student who has taken steps to better the healthcare field with innovative and creative methods that not only benefit the patients, but the physicians as well.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online application – students may apply directly.Statement of no more than 1500 words describing the importance that innovation and creative thinking has within today’s healthcare delivery. List at least one example of which you have contributed to fostering innovation within medicine (addressing challenges of quality, affordability through new approach, modifying a current system for something better, etc) and how such experience will help prepare you for your future career in Osteopathic Medicine.  One (1) letter of recommendation either from school official or a supervisor knowledgeable of applicant's community medicine experience.Curriculum Vitae or resume.

PHYSICIAN LOANS A.T. STILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPSTwo Osteopathic Medical students will receive a scholarship for $1,000 and the award will be distributed at the annual spring SOMA convention. This scholarship is sponsored by Physician Loans, an organization that offers The Doctor Loan, a loan program that offers a great mortgage and resources for you after graduating medical school. Applicants may describe any clinical experience where they utilized OMT during the current academic year.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationStatement of 250 words or less describing your clinical experience utilizing OMT during the current academic yearCurriculum Vitae or resume  

SOMA SCHOLAR AWARDOne SOMA member will receive a scholarship of $500 donated by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). 

ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must hold membership within SOMA.Students must be OMS I, II, III, or IV.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Essay (750 Word Max) on Topic: How have you embodied the pillars of SOMA: Pillar I - Membership, Pillar II - Policy & Healthcare Advocacy, Pillar III - Visibility & Public Image, Pillar IV - Organizational Growth. For more information on the pillars of SOMA:  https://studentdo.org/strategic-plan/CV

SOMA SPRING TRAVEL GRANTSUp to four (4) Osteopathic medical students will receive reimbursement for up to $500 to attend the 2024 SOMA Spring Convention. The winners(s) of the travel grant are required to participate in SOMA Foundation activities held during the SOMA conference.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationCurriculum Vitae or resume  Statement of 250 words or less for each response: 1) Why is coming to the conference important to you and what are you going to accomplish by attending? 2) What will you take away from the conference to better yourself, your COM, your community? 3) Please describe what aspects of travel the grant would support? Be as specific as possible. Do you anticipate any other funding or support, (ie. Your school or state society)?

MARVIN H. AND KATHLEEN G. TEGET LEADERSHIP IN SPECIALTY MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPSTwo Osteopathic medical students will each receive a scholarship for $1,000 and the award will be distributed at the annual spring SOMA convention.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed online applicationStatement of 250 words or less describing your demonstrated leadership in a specialty fieldCurriculum Vitae or resume  

NORTHUP EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDThe George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award was developed by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) in honor of George Northup, D.O.  Dr. Northup acted as mentor to many osteopathic medical students throughout his career, often going above and beyond the call of duty to improve students' educational experiences. Each year, local SOMA chapters nominate a professor, dean, or faculty member from their osteopathic medical school who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Northup. Nominees in the past have provided countless additional hours to students during exam preparation, have opened their homes to students, volunteered in the community, and acted as a friend when needed.

SOMA Chapters will nominate a single individual and provide a 500 word max explanation for why the nominee should receive the Northup Educator of the Year Award. In addition, provide the nominee's CV for further consideration. Due to a significant number of highly qualified nominees, up to 5 finalists will be selected by March 3, 2024. 

The top 5 finalists will then be asked to make a two minute video to be presented at the 2024 National SOMA House of Delegates (HOD) in April at the Spring Convention in Washington, D.C where the winner will be selected by ballot vote. The winner will be recognized at the 2024 SOMA Foundation Fall Reception at OMED in San Antonio, TX.

Open to
Individual applicants can apply.
Opens
Feb 1 2024 12:00 AM (CST)
Deadline
May 11 2024 11:59 PM (CDT)