William G. Anderson Minority Scholarship

American Osteopathic Foundation
Type Scholarship
Amount $5,000
Duration 1 YearPlease verify program deadlines with the administrator.


The recipient will be a minority osteopathic medical student who is committed to osteopathic medicine; has excelled academically; and has demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of minorities. - One recipient will be presented with a $5,000 scholarship.

This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the distinguished professional and public career of William G. Anderson, DO, and highlights his life-long commitment to civil rights and osteopathic medicine. He has served in many capacities, including being the first African-American to serve as President of the American Osteopathic Association.


The William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship recognizes a minority osteopathic medical student who has shown academic achievement, and demonstrates outstanding leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of minorities. The goal of this award is to help today’s minority medical students become tomorrow’s doctors and eliminate health care disparities.


Any minority osteopathic medical student who will be entering his or her second-, third- or fourth-year of studies at an accredited college/school of osteopathic medicine is eligible to receive this scholarship. For the purpose of this scholarship, a minority is defined as those of Black/African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific, or of Hispanic ethnic origin. (See Ethnic Origin for the definition of "minority," page 2)

Applicants shall meet the following criteria:


  1. Strong interest in osteopathic medicine, its philosophy and principles



  2. Excellent academic achievement



  3. Demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of minorities



  4. Demonstrated leadership efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care



  5. Noteworthy accomplishments, awards and honors, clerkships or special projects, and extracurricular activities in which the student has shown leadership abilities



  6. Financial need (financial need is a factor, but not the determinative factor in the selection of a recipient)


Scholarship Information and Announcement

One recpient wll be presented wth a $5,000 scholarshp during the AmericanOsteopathic Foundation’s Honors Ceremony, which is held during the Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar of the American Osteopathic Association. The AOF will provide the scholarship recipient with a travel grant to cover airfare and hotel accommodations (up to two nights stay) to attend the AOF Honors Ceremony. The recipient will be notified by July 30th so that travel arrangements can be made and photos secured for the video presentation.

Application Requirements

The following should be sent in one complete packet to the American Osteopathic Foundation:


  1. ? Completed, typewritten or computer generated Application Form



  2. ? Rating sheets and letters of recommendation from two references who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications for this scholarship based on the above eligibility criteria. The references must be members of the osteopathic community, such as physicians, instructors, trainers, mentors, or other school personnel.


  • African American
  • Alaskan Native
  • American Indian
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Mexican American
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Puerto Rican

More Information


American Osteopathic Foundation
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
Phone: (312) 202-8235
Fax: (312) 202-8216
Email: info@aof-foundation.org