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 2019 Scholarship Committee include Dr. Danny Thomason, Dr. Tom Hamilton and Dr. Scott Cyrus.

2019 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.

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Recipient of the $10,000 Outstanding Scholar Award is Taran Valdivia Carlisle, OMS IV. Student Doctor Valdivia Carlisle grew up in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University. He has been very active in SOMA and was selected to serve on the Osteopathic Principles and Practice Task Force. He plans to pursue an residency in diagnostic radiology.

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Receiving a $5,000 award this year is Courtney Cook, OMS IV. Jordan is from rural western Oklahoma and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU-COM, she has been a Student Ambassador and has served as President of the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Club. She plans to pursue a residency in dermatology and return to western Oklahoma to practice.

Past Recipients

2012Kyle F. SummersJessee K. Bustinza
2013Clay M. MerrittMatthew L. Sullivan
2014Rachael A. HaydenJ. Adam Hawkins
2015Mohamad H. KhattabCaleb Scheckel
2016Clayton S. FarahaniTrevor J. Conner
2017W. Daniel ChapmanDanielle L. Strawn
2018Michael SuttonJordan Wiebe
2019Taran Valdivia CarlisleCourtney Cook

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