Medical education

Several $1,000 and $500 scholarships available to DO students

The deadline to apply for SOMA Foundation scholarships is Feb. 21. SOMA Foundation will award 9 total scholarships from $500-$1,500.

Whether you attend a private institution or a state medical school, have undergraduate loans or are debt free, are a nontraditional student or traditional one, the cost is still the same. Expensive.

To help defray the costs of medical school, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Foundation offers nine spring scholarships. All SOMA members who are actively enrolled in a college of osteopathic medicine are eligible to apply for all opportunities offered by SOMA Foundation.

The current spring 2020 scholarship cycle is now open. The deadline for applications is Feb. 21, 2020. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC, at the SOMA Spring Conference on March 29, 2020.

The spring scholarships include:

  • A.T. Still Memorial Scholarship: Applicants for this $1,000 scholarship may describe any clinical experience in which they utilized osteopathic manipulative treatment during the current academic year.
  • Ed and Melissa Loniewski Medically Underserved Scholarship: Two osteopathic medical students in their third year or beyond will receive a scholarship of up to $1,500 donated by Ed and Melissa Loniewski. This year’s scholarship includes a mentorship component. Recipients are encouraged to identify and mentor one student at their respective COMs on the logistics of finding and setting up an underserved elective.
  • Marvin H. and Kathleen G. Teget Leadership Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships are available for students demonstrating leadership in a specialty field.
  • International Medical Outreach Scholarship: Two scholarships of $500 are available to cover transportation, room, board and essential expenses related to an international medicine mission/relief trip. The completion of this trip may take place during any part of the four years of study. Scholarships may be applied to relief trips that have previously occurred or are yet to occur as long as the applicant is still a student at an accredited COM at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Spring travel grant: Two $500 scholarships are available for students who attend the SOMA Spring Convention. The purpose of this grant is to alleviate financial stressors or restrictions which could prevent students from attending the SOMA Spring Convention. This scholarship’s recipients are required to participate in the SOMA Foundation spring service project during the SOMA Spring Convention.
  • Chapter Grant Program: To promote osteopathic medicine on a local level, SOMA Foundation financially supports individual SOMA chapter projects that promote the mission of SOMA and the AOA while furthering an understanding of osteopathic medicine in our communities. A chapter can receive up to $1,000.

Apply for these grants and scholarships here.


In 1978, the SOMA Foundation was created as the philanthropic branch of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. Its mission is to contribute to the welfare and education of osteopathic medical students by providing financial support and preparing student doctor members to meet the social, moral and ethical obligations of the osteopathic profession.

Today SOMA represents more than 15,000 osteopathic medical students and is the largest national organization dedicated to transforming motivated osteopathic medical students into dynamic health care leaders who advance patient centered care within the U.S. and abroad.

For the past 37 years, the SOMA Foundation has provided SOMA student members with many scholarships and grants as well as opportunities to participate in outreach projects and various research initiatives.

The SOMA Foundation has given awards to over 40 osteopathic students.

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