Tribute Scholarship Program
The Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s Tribute Scholarship program is open to those students who are invited to apply based upon academic standing at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. These scholarships are presented annually by the Foundation.
The selection committee, composed of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the current year’s Outstanding Physician honoree, evaluate several criteria in awarding the Tribute Scholarships. In addition to a required ranking in the top 20% of the OSU-COM third year class, we consider the student’s educational history, extracurricular history including community volunteer activities, college ambassadorship, and involvement in the osteopathic profession. Applicants are also asked to submit a written personal statement discussing the reasons for pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine as well as anticipated residency and practice goals.
The recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award, which is presented in recognition of the Foundation’s current Outstanding Physician honoree, receives a $10,000 scholarship to be used during his/her fourth year of study. Recipients of other Tribute Scholarships receive awards of up to $5,000. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend a dinner with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to receive their awards.
Members of the 2018 Scholarship Committee include Dr. Danny Thomason, Dr. Tom Hamilton and Dr. Stephen Bovasso.
2018 Tribute Awards
The Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s Tribute Scholars are recognized annually for high academic achievement, outstanding college ambassadorship, and meaningful community service. These highly competitive awards are granted to two students, chosen from among the top 20% of the third year class at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is a challenging task for the Scholarship Committee to review the impressive accomplishments of these young student doctors.
Recipient of the $10,000 Outstanding Scholar Award is Michael M. Sutton, OMS IV. Student Doctor Sutton has also received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and developed a diabetes education program at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. He has been a National Liaison Officer for SOMA and is following in the footsteps of the past two generations of osteopathic physicians.
Receiving a $5,000 award this year is Jordan Wiebe, OMS IV. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she was a teaching assistant, Jordan has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll throughout her time at OSU-CHS. She has also served as Vice President of Sigma Sigma Phi and President of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association.