booksMembers of the 2016 Scholarship Committee include Dr. Danny Thomason, Chair; Dr. Candy Ting; Dr. Tom Hamilton;  and the 2016 Outstanding Physician honoree, Dr. J. Martin Beal.


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 three 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 and extracurricular history, including community volunteer activities, college ambassadorship, and involvement in the osteopathic profession. Applicants are also asked to submit an essay, of up to 600 words, on a topic selected annually by the scholarship committee.

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.


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. Our thanks to this year’s committee; Danny Thomason, D.O.; Tom Hamilton, D.O.; Candy Ting, D.O.; and 2016 Outstanding Physician honoree, J. Martin Beal, D.O.

Receiving a $5,000 award this year was OSU-COM Student American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine President, Trevor Jay Connor, OMS IV. A summa cum laude graduate of Southwest Baptist University, Trevor is also a member of Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Service Fraternity and recipient of the Gold TOUCH award for his community volunteer service.

Recipient of the $10,000 Outstanding Scholar Award is 2017 OSU-COM Class President, Clayton Farahani, OMS IV. Student Doctor Farahani is also a member of Sigma Sigma Phi and has served as the National Liaison to the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association. Clay was selected by the OSU-COM administration to serve as the student representative to both the Curriculum and Clerkship Coordination Committees.


Student Doctor Clayton Farahani, pictured on the left
Student Doctor Trevor Conner, pictured on the right




Founders Leadership Award

This $3,000 scholarship provided by the Osteopathic Founders Foundation will annually recognize, honor, and encourage one osteopathic medical student who exhibits the foundational leadership skills that will serve their profession and their community now and in the future.


  • Deadline May 30, 2017
  • Rising third year student
  • Enrolled and in good standing in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Personal statement describing noteworthy accomplishments in student activities which demonstrate the applicant’s ability to be a leader (i.e. Student Government, SOMA, etc.)*
  • Demonstrated excellence in academic achievement (transcript required)
  • Financial Need
  • One faculty letter of recommendation

*The personal statement should demonstrate how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and upholds the purpose of this award. It should also highlight leadership activities and experiences that add to the individual’s worthiness to receive this award.
Applications should be submitted electronically to swise@osteopathicfounders.org


The Foundation is pleased to present Osteopathic Founders’ 2016 Leadership award to Owais Durrani, OMS III. This $3,000 scholarship recognizes, honors, and encourages one osteopathic medical student who exhibits the foundational leadership skills that will serve their profession and their community now and in the future. Student Doctor Durrani has an exemplary record of service which includes serving as first year representative to Omega Beta Iota, election as vice-president of the student government association, alternate delegate to the AOA House of Delegates, and as a White House Intern. The award recipient will be invited to attend a dinner with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to receive his award.

Student Doctor Owais Durrani





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