Osteopathic Tribute Scholarship

The Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s Tribute Scholarship is open only 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. The recipient of Osteopathic Tribute Scholarship receives and award of $5,000 to be used during his/her fourth year of study. Scholarship recipients are recognized by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in December of their award year.

2021 Osteopathic Tribute Scholarships

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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The recipient of the 2021 Osteopathic Founders Foundation Outstanding Scholar Award is Mopileola Tomi Adewumi. Originally from a rural community in Nigeria, Tomi had a dream of becoming a physician. After receiving a degree in Human Physiology, he moved to the  U.S. where he earned degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare Administration at Oklahoma State University, before being accepted into medical school. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, has held many leadership roles and is very engaged in community service projects.

Tomi developed an innovative platform that allows patients in underserved areas to request smoking cessation medication through telemedicine. The platform was picked up by Pfizer and is currently being tested for usability. Through experiences in Nigeria with friends who had cleft lips and palates, he has an interest in Otolaryngology where he could go on to better the lives of others in the states and internationally.

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The winner of the 2021 Osteopathic Tribute Scholarship is Toni A.E. Nigro. Toni graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a dual degree in Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Biomedical Sciences. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2019-2020 and Osteopathic Founders Foundation 2020 Leadership Award. She introduced an after-school program for middle schools girls in North Tulsa called STEMinists, aimed at providing female mentorship from various STEM leaders in the community. Toni plans to seek a residency in Internal Medicine and build her own 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 M. SuttonJordan Wiebe
2019Taran B. Valdivia CarlisleCourtney Cook
2020Ryan OtwellRachel Hardy

Osteopathic Founders Foundation

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