2021 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship
08/15/2021
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The Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship recognizes underrepresented minority students attending one of the member colleges of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Each year, AACOM awards a financial scholarship to at least two osteopathic medical students, one newly accepted and one a continuing student.

This scholarship is named after former AACOM Executive Director, Sherry R. Arnstein. To learn more about Sherry Arnstein, please read this bio, Climbing the Ladder: A Look at Sherry R. Arnstein and Climbing Arnstein's Ladder, the third article in 2005 AICP National Planning Landmarks and Pioneers.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a minority student (African American, Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian, mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic American as instructed by Sherry Arnstein in her trust) in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second, or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible.

Continuing Osteopathic Medical Student application requirements:

  • A completed Continuing DO Student Application form and responses to the essay prompts below:   
  1. How and why were you drawn to osteopathic medicine?
  2. Describe a significant challenge you experienced as a URM aspiring or current medical student. Tell us your ideas that could help others overcome similar challenges.
  3. What could osteopathic medical schools do to recruit and retain more underrepresented minority students? (We are looking for ideas and innovative solutions.)
  • Applicants must be in good standing with their school.   

New Osteopathic Medical Student application requirements:

  • A completed New DO Student Application form and responses to the essay prompts below:
  1. How and why were you drawn to osteopathic medicine?
  2. What was a significant challenge you experienced as a URM aspiring or current medical student and what are your ideas that could help others overcome similar challenges?
  3. What could osteopathic medical schools do to recruit and retain more underrepresented minority students?
  • A copy of your acceptance letter from the college of osteopathic medicine.