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Diversity at ATSU
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Diversity at ATSU

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences is deeply committed to an educational and collaborative environment embracing cultural proficiency. Students striving to become the best healthcare professionals possible must understand and embrace society’s diversity. This is also true for ATSU’s faculty and staff.

Andrew Taylor Still, DO, founder of osteopathic medicine and ATSU, was a licensed physician and surgeon, healthcare innovator, abolitionist, civil war hospital steward, and suffragist who created opportunities for women in medicine as early as the 1890s.

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  • Departmental message +

    • A.T. Still University has positioned diversity at the forefront of the strategic planning process. This only reinforces the historic value the University has for this aspect of our culture. The standard to be a preeminent university for health profession education isn’t a mere statement. ATSU lives these ideals for the sake of osteopathy and the evolution of the health professions. As the birthplace for osteopathic education, ATSU is fully invested in that legacy.

      The first overarching tenet of osteopathy is the unity of body, mind, and spirit. By understanding the precision by which the human body functions, one can appreciate the value of utilizing this amazing instrument to promote healing. Diversity education at ATSU also seeks to embody this tenet to induce inclusion at every level. Our mission is the spirit through which our body operates. Our collective minds deliver on innovation, collaboration and appreciation for differences. By valuing the difference that these differences make, we become increasingly reflective of the communities we serve. Our mission is centered on service. By serving our community partners, students, faculty, staff, and external partners, we are moving from cultural competence to a culturally proficient organization.

      The strength of our progression towards cultural proficiency is our ability to be reflective and to always aspire to move beyond where we are. This measure of excellence compels us to be a work in progress at all times - constantly moving forward. ATSU is a beacon for caring people committed to service, committed to the body as an instrument of healing and committed to inclusivity in its most sincere sense.

      Finally, ATSU believes excellence requires understanding, affirming and valuing human difference.

      I look forward to working on creating an all-inclusive and diverse community at A.T. Still University.

      Sincerely,
      Clinton J. Normore
      Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion

  • Objective +

    • A.T. Still University strives to create a culturally rich community which embraces all forms of differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, origin of birth, age, religious beliefs, political beliefs, socio-economic status, physical characteristics, military service, title, academic background, and professional experiences. Inherent in ATSU’s mission is the belief excellence is inclusive—academic and intellectual, physical and physiological; cultural and social, spiritual and moral.

      We believe these attributes are expressed in our acceptance of difference, and our collective appreciation provided by these differences guides us in the development of a campus community reflective of the global community of which we are all a part.

      An authentic understanding and appreciation of difference is foundational to reaching cultural proficiency, which, at its core, is based upon the value each human being brings to our society and each person’s access and opportunities to contribute to our University’s cultural proficiency. The strength of our campus community as well as the potential of the global community is realized through this same understanding, affirmation, and value of human difference.

      Review and download the Diversity and Inclusion brochure (pdf)

      Review the 2015-20 Diversity Strategic Plan (pdf)

      Annual Report

      Please free to review what we have accomplished over the pas year! This annual report is an annotation of the objectives and accomplishments we have had within the university.

      Review the annual report

  • Student insights +

    • andrew torres

      During my first months at Drew University, I noticed the differences in healthcare and education firsthand. I quickly became aware that the education that I received in high school was nowhere near that received by my undergraduate classmates. However, I saw an opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures by getting involved with the community and science clubs. While shadowing physicians at Morristown Medical Center, an affluent town in New Jersey, I witnessed them making stronger connections with and giving better care to their patients than the physicians in my hometown. These doctors would take time to talk to patients and consider their requests, whereas at the clinic in El Monte, California my mom and I would have to wait over two hours to see her doctor for a mere ten minutes. I recall sitting in a waiting room and asking my mother, “Do you know why you’re taking those pills?” She replied, “No, but I think they’re for my high blood pressure.” When the doctor entered the room, he asked my mother how she was doing, performed a minimal physical exam, then gave her a refill to her prescription, and walked out. In underserved communities like mine, the scarcity of education makes it too easy for some physicians to bypass informative conversations with patients about their care. It seemed as if my family and others in our community had no voice in consideration of the type of treatments we received.

      Seeing the deficit in the quality of healthcare in the communities I call home has inspired me to advocate on their behalf for better health practices and policies that promote health literacy. Earning a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine will place me in a better position to consider my future patients psychological, sociological, and biological needs. I chose ATSU-KCOM because they possess the determination in promoting lifelong learning and medical care directed to underserved communities in need which is what best aligns with my core values. I believe an education at ATSU can provide me with the tools necessary to deliver culturally competent care and empower the vulnerable to take charge of their health. The mentorship and guidance I have received at KCOM will enable me to view my patient’s capabilities beyond their current circumstances and care for the person as a whole. By considering one’s entire life story and using a global treatment approach, I plan to apply my medical training to enrich the lives of people in underserved communities and help them attain the education, health, and prosperity that they all deserve.

      Andrew Torres, osteopathic medical student

      Ybarra Yanet

      I was 18 years old when my life changed and had the opportunity to pursue my education in the United States. Initially, it was challenging to start in a new country and begin high school without knowing the English language. I had to start from scratch, but I did not give up or lose faith. I had tremendous support during my journey in ATSU. It was important for me to find a school that would allow me to succeed in my career and help me reach my dream.

      I love that AT Still University values diversity, inclusion, and people with different backgrounds. When exploring ATSU, immediately, I felt home, welcomed, and supported. As a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, I have a dream to open a non-profit clinic to provide services to the underserved population. I would like to share my knowledge, connect with the Spanish-speaking population, people with different backgrounds, and remove barriers. I feel passionate to serve, change lives, make a difference, and provide new opportunities to those who need it the most.

      Yanet Ybarra, occupational therapy student

      James Lee

      I chose ATSU for a whole myriad of reasons but if I had to pinpoint one reason, it would be for it’s unique and innovative “one plus three curriculum” approach to medicine. Words of wisdom have been passed from senior physicians in my community that “you don’t learn medicine from a textbook” and that experience, seeing first hand, being proactive, and learning from your mistakes are the best skill sets to acquire to becoming a great physician for your patients. Also, did I mention, the faculty and staff at ATSU make you feel at home, away from home? Medical school is a long and difficult journey, but it’s definitely reassuring and gives you a sense of confidence knowing that you have a handful of talented colleagues and extremely supportive, loving faculty by your side, who all believe in and have the same vision.

      James Lee, osteopathic medical student

      Kayla Mowatt

      In the summers of my childhood, my family and I would visit my paternal grandparents. I remember watching my grandmother take care of my grandfather. He had had multiple strokes, a heart attack, and a host of other medical problems. She was a nurse in Jamaica before she, my grandfather, aunt, and father immigrated to the U.S. and became his caregiver; I saw how much she loved him in the way she took care of him. I decided that I wanted to take care of people the way she took care of him. She was my introduction to healthcare and the catalyst for my career path.

      I chose to pursue osteopathic medicine specifically because of the 4 osteopathic tenets that drive our philosophical approach to our patients and for the extra tool that is osteopathic manipulative medicine. I chose ATSU-SOMA for multiple reasons, but above all else, it was ATSU’s dedication to their mission to serve the underserved and the unique curriculum that would allow me to start doing that in my 2nd year of medical school. Many people may say they care about serving the underserved, but I have seen ATSU-SOMA as an institution practice what they preach by putting us in contact with some of the most vulnerable populations of patients. My community health center site has allowed me to take care of prison inmates, the uninsured, the undocumented, those who don’t speak English, the homeless, and everything in between. These clinical experiences have been the epitome and embodiment of the dreams I had when I first saw my grandmother take care of my grandfather.

      Kayla Mowatt, osteopathic medical student

      Kia Moore

      The day I had my braces removed was the day I decided I wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. After having severe crowding for years, I was overjoyed by how beautiful my smile looked and how confident I felt smiling and laughing. I enjoyed my overall orthodontic experience and hoped to one day provide joyous dental experiences for others. The field of dentistry will allow me to help others physically, mentally, and socially by improving aesthetics, removing decay, and easing discomfort. Oral health truly impacts an individual’s life.

      ATSU’s commitment to serving underserved populations is what originally attracted me to the University. The dual DMD and MPH degree, community health clinic external rotations, commitment to the underserved, and my warm and inviting interview experience at ATSU-ASDOH is truly what completed my decision.

      Kia Moore, dual degree program - doctor of dental medicine and masters of public health- dental emphasis student

      Linda Yonan

      As an ethnic minority member, I fled Iraq in 1990 in search of a better life. The present political situation in the Middle East forces me to consider those currently enduring what I was lucky enough to avoid. Consequently, I work tirelessly towards my education and career goals for myself and for those who are forced to pause their progress because of life’s unexpected adversities. I chose to pursue public health education because I look forward to giving back to a society that has accepted, supported, and developed me into the woman I am today.

      My sister was a member of ATSU’s inaugural SOMA class and spoke highly of the university to me throughout her time as a DO student. I was compelled enough to apply to the MPH program, and before I knew it, my sister and I were both graduating with our respective degrees from ATSU in 2011. My experiences with ATSU during my two years as an MPH student were challenging and helped me realize my passion for public health. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and knew that pursuing a doctorate was in my future. I chose ATSU for a second time because I found that the school fulfilled its mission statement and the health education curriculum aligned with my future aspirations.

      Linda Yonan, doctor of health education student


      Natalie Loyola

      ATSU’s whole person approach to healthcare and their focus on interprofessional education, diversity and underserved populations attracted me from the beginning. ATSU’s mission and vision is everything I wanted when choosing a graduate school, it was a perfect fit!

      Upon graduation, I hope to work in an underserved Spanish speaking community where I can help bridge the gap in miscommunication and quality hearing care. Also, hopefully continue to be involved in humanitarian audiology work and serve those out of the country. There is no better feeling in the world than to be able to help others.

      Natalie Loyola, doctor of audiology student

      Renee Crawford

      I was five years old when I first decided I want to be a doctor, due primarily to the Fisher Price medical kits. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve always desired to work as part of a team, improving the lives of others. I’ve always been active in team sports. Medicine is a field that allows one to work with different individuals, as a team, to accomplish a common goal: work with the patient to improve/maintain a healthy lifestyle. When I went to college on an athletic scholarship, some people believed I would end up changing my mind from being a pre-med/biology major. Others thought my passion for the game would translate to me pursuing a career in coaching. Alas, I stayed focused on my dream of becoming a physician. The skills I attained as a point guard, i.e. the coach on the floor, amazingly are transferrable to the medical field. Physicians are more coaches and teachers for the patient; the goal is to educate the patient on obtaining and retaining health. Regarding the DO program, I applied to ATSU-SOMA because I agree with the osteopathic philosophy; the patient should be treated as a unit comprised of body, mind, and spirit and that all components need to be considered when treating the patient, not just the disease. Medicine is a fascinating field of lifelong learning and commitment. This drew me towards a career in health care.

      I chose ATSU for three main reasons: the emphasis on providing care to underserved populations, the 1+3 model – allowing for 3 years of clinical experience, and the school’s priority of producing great doctors. After one year on the Arizona campus, I am more grateful for the opportunity to learn at this institution. The opportunity for interprofessional exercises, during which students from the various ATSU programs work together to learn concepts being taught in their respective disciplines. The interprofessional education component prepares the student to work with professionals from various disciplines. Another aspect I enjoy is the family atmosphere. Family is an integral component of society and ATSU provides that atmosphere, from faculty to staff to students, where everyone is looking out for one another. Now that I have lived experiences in the ATSU community, there are five reasons I would apply: commitment to the underserved, 1+3 model, priority to produce great physicians, interprofessional opportunities, and family atmosphere.

      Renée J. Crawford, osteopathic medical student

      Thomas Jackson
      I grew up in a rural town that is federally classified as a healthcare desert. I watched family members forfeit their health due to their inability to pay for healthcare services. I saw grandparents cut pills in half, and heard practically all the adults in my family voice their concerns about being able to pay for the healthcare needs of their children. I chose to pursue a career in healthcare to combat socioeconomic, racial, and other demography-based disparities in healthcare.

      I chose ATSU because, as the founding school of the Osteopathic philosophy, ATSU has a rich history of embodying the concept of whole-person healthcare, with the mission to serve all in need. Founder Andrew Taylor Still, DO, himself strove to be inclusive and equitable in his efforts to treat and educate others, and so naturally, ATSU seemed like the best place for me to gain valuable experiences in addressing health disparities.

      My goal is to work in the field of public health, where I will specialize in healthcare policy. With this training, I intend to help evaluate and develop legislation that promotes equity and inclusiveness in healthcare access.

      Thomas Jackson, biomedical sciences student

      Herchran Singh
      Health is the most valuable right that humans have, and I think that we need to work towards ensuring that health care in the United States functions as a human right to all people, and not simply a privilege for those who can afford it. Additionally, I think health manifests in many different aspects of life including physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Thus, care should be provided in a personalized fashion that caters to the needs of the individual.

      My perspective on health care and the need for serving the underserved aligns with the mission of ATSU SOMA, and is the primary reason I chose this institution for my medical education. The innovative curriculum, clinically oriented training, and emphasis on supporting and serving the community will not only prepare me to be a good physician, but also help me contribute to improving the health care system for everyone.

      Herchran Singh, Osteopathic Medical Student

      Michael Megafu
      Growing up in a family of Nigerian immigrants, I was always taught to work hard and continue dedicate yourself to the passions you have until you ultimately achieve your goal. Although I did not grow up in the greatest of neighborhoods, I believe that I am a product of the upbringing of my parents, my church and friends who have helped me become the person I am today. I grew up surrounded by gang violence, poverty, prostitution and drug abuse. Many of my friends were in gangs, but I was fortunate to relocate to a better neighborhood and pursue my education.

      Although I worked as a teacher prior to medical school, I believe that teaching fueled my passion for medicine. I taught high school math and science and always found myself volunteering in the high school jumpstart medical programs or in my church as a pianist to give back to the community and serve the underserved. While volunteering in these avenues, I decided to pursue a public health degree to supplement my education and fuel my passion of volunteering and teaching. Little did I know that this will be an avenue for me to pursue not only public health, but medicine as a whole, osteopathic medicine.

      Osteopathic medicine is centered on us teaching our patients and giving them a perspective that incorporates not just their body, but their mind and spirit. ATSU’s mission on diversity, serving the underserved and treating each patient through a holistic approach was one of the reasons I desired to pursue my medical education here. Osteopathic medicine proves that it is not enough to just treat a symptom or a disease, but to treat the patient. Here at ATSU-KCOM, I am able to receive the medical knowledge and combine it with my public health background to one day serve as a physician that can treat not only the patient, but the community from a holistic approach.

      Michael Megafu, Osteopathic Medical Student

      Rupashree Mandala
      After my interview at ATSU, I knew that this place was the perfect fit for me. The interview period is not only for the school to interview the student, but also for the student to interview the school. What I really appreciated from my experience was that the faculty were devoted to their students. I felt welcomed from the faculty to the point that I could picture myself at ATSU. Medical school is a rough road for everyone and I wanted to be somewhere where I knew I had people to rely on. To this day, as a third year osteopathic medical student, I reach out to several of my professors in Arizona while I’m in Chicago, Illinois. I know that even after I graduate, I’ve made life long connections here at ATSU. Through my experience, the faculty at ATSU are here for the students and try to support us in every way possible while placing our education as a top priority.

      Rupashree Mandala, student of osteopathic medicine

      Shervin Shahsavari
      Having lived in the small rural towns of Iran to living in various cities in Southern California, I have seen the great disparities in access to healthcare. I have always wanted to pursue a career in dentistry and using it to expand care to areas in greatest need, therefore, being able to attend an institution with the same values was my top priority when choosing a dental school. It’s difficult to understand a school from just a website alone but when I arrived, I saw that dedication that ATSU had to its students and emphasizing community health as essential. After seeing that I knew that this was where I would want to attend school as well as grow into the professional I hope to one day be. We are consistently reminded of the whole-person healthcare that ASDOH prides itself on promoting and as dentists we are trained to treat the person and not just their oral cavity. It is truly exciting to attend this school and learn from the passionate educators that don’t simply teach the material, but also educate on how to be a better practitioner in the future. I plan to learn all that I can through my DMD and MPH degree and I am confident that ATSU will properly prepare me for my future.

      Shervin Shahsavari Osteopathic doctor of dental medicine student

      Linda Chang
      As the eldest daughter to poor Vietnamese boat refugees, I became the first in my family to become fluent in English, graduate college and now the first to attend medical school. Growing up in a low-income immigrant community of East Los Angeles, I witnessed and experienced health and educational inequities. My resilient community has deeply shaped my aspirations to become a strong community physician leader committed to social justice and advocacy.

      ATSU-SOMA’s emphasis on serving the community by partnering with federally qualified community health centers as part of our curriculum aligned perfectly with what I wanted in my medical education. It is without a doubt that ATSU-SOMA will help me achieve my personal and career goals.

      Linda Chang, Student of osteopathic medicine

      Ren Bryant
      “Do what makes you happy.” This is a quote from my dear sweet grandmother who fought hard through many difficult times. During the hardest time of her life, she saved every paycheck for years to be able to adopt a child. My mother was the product of a woman’s determination to “do what makes you happy.”

      This statement has made a large impact on my life. I have found the most joy in my life in two things; my family and in serving the underserved. It was on one of the first mission trips I attended in a small border town in Mexico that I found what makes me happy, medicine. A few months later, I learned about Osteopathy and realized that it was who I wanted to embody as a future medical physician.

      ATSU’s commitment to serving the underserved, the osteopathic theory of whole-person healthcare encompass the reasons I chose ATSU-KCOM as the school for my medical education. I am determined to make a difference in the lives of those who are constantly plagued by inherent skepticism in the medical system. A.T. Still, the Father of Osteopathy, was committed to making a change and that is why I am here to make changes in providing healthcare to many who are still trying to find the “ways to make themselves happy”.

      Ren Bryant, Osteopathic medical student

      trisha
      At nine years old, I got my first glimpse into the inequities that exist in dental care. During recess at school, I fell face first onto asphalt and nearly knocked out my two front teeth. Because my mom and I were living on almost nothing, an accident that required emergency dental care was not a luxury that we could afford. After many dismissals from various dentists, I landed in the hands of an orthodontist willing to work with us. While most children learn to fear the dentist, my orthodontist’s office felt like a safe haven. This level of comfort that he gave me truly illustrated the healing power of displaying kindness to someone in a vulnerable state. Ten years and multiple treatments later, I walked away not only with a new smile, but also a desire to offer that same level of comfort as a dentist.

      ATSU’s commitment to underserved communities, cultural competency, and whole body healthcare, are just a few reasons why I chose it. Just one example of its commitment is how ASDOH holds the biggest Give Kids a Smile event in the nation, providing free care and a fun carnival for local children. In my short time at ATSU, I can already feel myself becoming the type of dentist that I imagined that I would be. Becoming a dentist epitomizes the means through which I can help others all over the world receive the care in which they deserve.

      Trisha In, doctor of dental medicine student

  • Programs +

    • A.T. Still University and Truman State University Healthcare academy

      The A.T. Still University and Truman State University Healthcare academy is a unique partnership in conjunction with Dreamline Pathways between ATSU and Truman State University.

      This program includes hands-on activities at both ATSU and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri for students interested in healthcare as a future profession.

      Accepted healthcare academy students will participate in a variety of scheduled activities each day and enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom, including an opportunity to reside on Truman State University’s campus under the supervision of resident staff and preceptors. This event is free for participating students, and transportation is provided to and from St. Louis by the event sponsors.

      To learn more about the program and application, visit https://healthcareacademy.truman.edu

      Cultural Proficiency in Healthcare

      Cultural proficiency in healthcare is a way of being and serving that enables one to effectively respond in a variety of cultural settings to the issues caused by diversity. In a word, diversity means “differences” and one cannot truly value differences if one is unwilling to appreciate the myriad of difference in our society and also work to be inclusive at every opportunity. A culturally proficient organization interacts effectively with its employees, its clients, and its community. Culturally proficient people may not know all there is to know about others who are different from them, but they know how to take advantage of teachable moments, how to ask questions without offending, and how to create an environment that is welcoming to diversity and to changes.

      Dreamline Pathways

      The Dreamline Pathways are comprehensive community-based collaborations that introduce K12 students to graduate health professions programs offered by ATSU. ATSU and its partners fully understand the need for health professions to reflect the population being served. ATSU has unique relationships with school districts and community based organizations, offering experiential learning opportunities to students in these partnerships. These collaborations introduce young minds to career opportunities in healthcare. Students are nurtured through campus and graduate student engagement opportunities.

      Prep for Success Intensive

      Prep for Success Intensive (PSI) is an intensive week-long colloquium where six pre-medical and six pre-dental students will collaborate under expert facilitation with the primary goal of MCAT and DAT success. This is where you learn how to test smarter and problem solve faster.

      The PSI camp will be held in Kirksville, Missouri on the Truman State University, and A.T. Still University campuses. Learning will be facilitated by university science faculty, and students will be mentored by medical and dental student from A.T. Still University, who underwent the same pressure and succeeded. Learn more about the PSI program

      SafeZone for All

      SafeZone for All program is to create beacons, SafeZone for All allies, whose roles are to be visible ambassadors, so that we ensure the campus climate feels safe, receptive, and accepting to community members regardless of any human condition, characteristic, or circumstance that they may have. Read more about SafeZone for All

  • Committees +

    • Advisory Council On Diversity

      The mission of the Advisory Council On Diversity (ACOD) is to work to cultivate a culturally proficient community, which embraces all forms of difference and perpetuates the University’s mission to enrich learning experiences of students, faculty, and staff in support of serving the underserved.

      ATSU Diversity Enrichment Committee (Missouri campus)

      The ATSU Diversity Enrichment Committee (Missouri campus) mission is to enrich the culture of acceptance and respect of diversity in all its forms. The committee, created of students, faculty and staff, will work together to promote policies and programs that recognize and celebrate diversity across the community.

      Diversity Enrichment in Education Committee

      ATSU’s Diversity Enrichment in Education Committee (DEEC) is dedicated to creating a more inclusive academic community by encouraging opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to embrace and celebrate diversity and all of its dimensions. The DEEC will enhance the mission of both the A.T. Still University and the Advisory Council on Diversity by promoting campus-wide initiatives that allow individuals to gain a positive understanding of cultural proficiency and the way it impacts holistic wellness.

      School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Diversity Committee

      ATSU-SOMA Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

      The ATSU-SOMA Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s (ASDI) mission is to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to devise recruitment, retention, and educational strategies to optimize equal access, cultural proficiency, humility, sensitivity and behavioral change within ATSU- SOMA. The ASDI will provide a safe space for discussion, deliberation, and champion issues related to diversity and inclusion. Contact somadiversity@atsu.edu for more information.

  • Internal scholarships +

    • For those interested in supporting our scholarship funds, please donate online.

      A.T. Still University is developing a list of scholarships designed to afford you the opportunity to capitalize on the University’s unique mission of service and leadership in whole person healthcare. These scholarships vary in design but have a common purpose: to reduce the most significant barrier to healthcare education – cost.

      By creating financial access through a myriad of new scholarship programs, ATSU will continue to lead the way in educating qualified students who are committed to the ATSU mission of providing healthcare to underserved areas.

      Internal Scholarships

      For more information on internal scholarship opportunities please visit Enrollment Services.

      Graduate Health Professions Scholarship - This award is designed to accentuate the University’s unique mission of service and leadership in whole person healthcare. This scholarship is a targeted approach to attract and educate students whose life contributions and experiences are consistent with ATSU’s mission to serve in underserved areas. Graduate Health Professions Scholarship requirements.

      ATSU Scholarships

      ATSU Diversity Excellence Award (One $1,000 per school) - ATSU is dedicated to supporting a diverse student body to become the future of quality healthcare for underserved communities. The Diversity Excellence Award supports students from all backgrounds to enhance the educational experience at ATSU. The Diversity Excellence Award rewards students dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities who demonstrate academic success, leadership, and community engagement. This award is for students going into their final year of study, is based on merit and not financial need. Selection is not limited to students from a minority or underserved background; but rather students actively working to improve the wellbeing and healthcare of diverse communities.

      Board of Trustees Scholarship (One $1,000 per school) - The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to ATSU students with financial need.

      Norman Gevitz, PhD, Non-Endowed Scholarship (One $1,000 per school) - The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to under-represented minority and/or economically disadvantaged students at ATSU with financial need.

      Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Scholarships

      American Dental Partners Foundation Scholarship ($500) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to students entering into their 3rd or 4th year as ATSU-ASDOH students and in good academic standing. Recipients must demonstrate professionalism and the qualities necessary for entering a dental group practice with evidence that they possess the following attributes: a record of successful teamwork; clinical excellence; and outstanding leadership skills.

      Dr. Jack Dillenberg Dual Degree (DMD and MPH) Scholarship ($2,000) - Dr. Dillenburg was the inaugural dean at ATSU-ASDOH. His vision led to the first dental school class of ASDOH. It was his commitment to dentistry and public health that led to this innovative program. This fund shall be used to benefit ATSU-ASDOH students in good standing and working toward completion of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) dental emphasis program while enrolled as a dental student at ASDOH and taking MPH courses from CGHS.

      Tom Curtin, MD, Scholarship ($750) - This scholarship has been established to honor the career and legacy of Tom Curtin, MD, and his commitment to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as well as his role in helping create a one-of-a-kind curriculum for ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), advance the future of healthcare, and ensure the needs of underserved and underrepresented populations are met. This scholarship provides financial assistance to Hometown Scholars, students committed to working in a community health center upon graduation, attending either SOMA or ASDOH. Recipients must be Hometown Scholars in good standing and currently in their 3rd year of study.

      Arizona School of Health Sciences

      AFA Audiology Student Excellence Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship has been established by the Audiology Foundation of America, whose mission was to empower audiologists to be independent and autonomous practitioners by supporting their educational preparation, professional practice, and leadership development. In 2010, the AFA closed its doors and donated the remainder of its funds and assets to the audiology program at ATSU. This recipient of this scholarship will be a 3rd year Doctor of Audiology student in good academic standing that can demonstrate involvement in professional organizations as well as outstanding clinic performance, rank in the top fifth of their class, and have an overall GPA of at least a 3.5.

      Dwight Patterson Youth Sports Scholarship ($2,200) - This scholarship was established in 2004 with a gift from Ann Patterson Cleghorn or Mesa, AZ in memory of her father, Dwight Patterson. The gift was intended as a legacy to Dwight Patterson by providing an educational scholarship, affiliated with safety in youth sports, in his name. Dwight Patterson’s life was a monument to youth, education, and sports. Mr. Patterson not only brought the Chicago Cubs and the Cactus League to Arizona, he coached little league for 10 years and refereed amateur sporting events for a quarter of a century. Trained as a teacher, he served as a trustee for all 3 branches of public education in Arizona: K-12, community college, and university. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in the Athletic Training program who have demonstrated a commitment to youth sports and the well-being of youth athletes through their academic, clinical, and service activities. Recipients must be in good academic standing within the ASHS Athletic Training Program, demonstrate financial need and high academic and co-curricular/leadership achievement, and have a history of service and/or research activities that focus on youth sports and/or youth athlete safety.

      Joe Gibson Scholarship ($600) - Dr. Joe Gibson was a Phoenix area Emergency Medicine Physician who was killed while on a training run in 2009. Dr. Gibson exemplified many qualities which current education programs seek to instill in their students: dedication to improving medicine, wonderful bedside manner, a collaborative team spirit at work, and a well-rounded lifestyle. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to 1 SOMA student and 1 ASHS-PA student. Recipients must be in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation), and lead or participate in activities related to the school and/or community charities in addition to normal expected academic pursuits. In doing so, this individual represents a well-balanced professional lifestyle.

      Mason P. Vig Scholarship ($2,000) - This fund was established by Joseph and Patti Vig, in memory of their son. Slated to graduate in 2013, Mason unfortunately passed away in 2012 during his second year of PT school. This scholarship celebrates and honors Mason, who lived life by “paying it forward” with his love, smile, and kindness. Mason earned accolades in football, basketball, and track all four years of high school, receiving numerous awards for his athletic ability. He graduated with a biology degree from Augustana College where he played baseball all four years, despite being diagnosed with cancer during his junior year - a battle he fought and won. Mason overcame tremendous adversity and truly displayed a love of life where his passion for serving others made a positive impact on many. This scholarship is to financially support a second-year Physical Therapy student. Recipients must be in good academic standing, have financial need, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and submit an essay describing how he/she exemplifies the characteristics Mason displayed and discuss how the funds will assist them in supporting their education.

      Need Based Scholarship ($4,000) - The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to SOMA, KCOM, and ASHS-PA students with financial need.

      Paula Tadano Scholarship ($800) - This scholarship is to recognize an occupational therapy student in good standing who exemplifies the values and dedication to the field of occupational therapy, which was so important to Paula Tadano. Recipient must be a current first year student and member of the Student Occupational Therapy Organization (SOTA), demonstrates community involvement within SOTA, ASHS, and/or the community at large. Preference will be given to students who are bilingual, represent cultural diversity, and/or exhibit a dedication to serving individuals from other cultures.

      Perry’s Passion for Service Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a residential ASHS-DPT student in good academic standing that can demonstrate financial need and will begin their 3rd year in the upcoming academic year. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their volunteer and civic leadership experiences related to advancing the ATSU mission of whole person healthcare.

      Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

      Alvina M. Britz Scholarship ($1,070) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student.

      Arthur L. Harbarger, D.O., Scholarship ($5,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Augusta T. Tueckes Memorial Scholarship ($2,900) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student.

      Beta Tau Delta Scholarship ($1,800) - This scholarship was established by Mary Evelyn Thurman Rufener who founded the alpha chapter at Truman State University in 1949 as an honor society for baton twirlers. She reorganized the club to recognize all professional fields using the motto: Building Treasured Dreams Where Knowledge Links Learning to Living. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, at KCOM.

      Clark B. Ator, D.O., Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) - This scholarship has been established in memory of Clark B. Ator, D.O., a 1994 graduate of KCOM by Gary Knighton, D.O., ‘95, friend and fellow KCOM alumnus; and Karlene Ator, wife and best friend of Clark B. Ator. Dr. Ator was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health and KCOM’s Regional Assistant Dean for the Utah Region. He and several colleagues passed away in a tragic plane crash in October 2004. Dr. Ator and his colleagues were en route to Kirksville to participate in KCOM’s faculty development workshop pertaining to compassionate care and humanism in medicine. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for a ATSU-KCOM student in good academic standing with financial need, who is married and committed to family, fellow man, and community with a strong desire to learn, practice, and teach medicine. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in family medicine and will receive funding during their 2nd year.

      Claus A. Rohweder, D.O. Internal Medicine Scholarship ($360) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student, entering into their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, who has interest in the specialty area of Internal Medicine and wishes to pursue post graduate training in that area.

      Clay W. Gilbert Scholarship ($1,000) - Clay W. Gilbert, DO, a 1963 KCOM graduate has established this fund to recognize his success as a physician, as well as the success of his father and grandfather, all of whom practiced in the Irving, Texas area for well over a century beginning in 1878. This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Preference is given to a student entering into their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year, has a demonstrated record of academic success, and shows promise for future success.

      Domann, Schubert Family Scholarship ($1,200) - This scholarship was established by Phyllis Sue Domann out of great affection and respect for her father Dr. Albert H. Domann; her uncle, Dr. Gustav B.E. Domann; her cousin, Dr. Walter H. Schubert; and her great aunt, Dr. Anna A. (Domann) Anderson. This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students currently in their first year of school and are in good academic standing. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate the strongest commitment to osteopathic medicine and serving rural communities and/or the underserved.

      Doris and James Richardson Jr., D.O., Scholarship ($5,000) - This scholarship provides financial support to underrepresented students and promote educational diversity at KCOM. Student must be in good standing, demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and exhibit professional behavior on and off campus.

      Dr. and Mrs. A.T. Green Scholarship ($2,500) - This scholarship has been established by Dr. and Mrs. A.T. Green of Mesa, AZ. Dr. Green, a 1938 graduate of KCOM, practiced ophthalmology in Arizona. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying students, entering into their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in the upcoming academic year, that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, at KCOM. Preference is given to students from Arizona interested in practicing ophthalmology.

      Dr. and Mrs. Alton Hinks Scholarship ($2,200) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Markle Scholarship ($2,950) - This scholarship has been established by Pearl M. Markle in memory of her husband, Charles C. Markle, DO. Dr. Markle was a 1922 KCOM graduate and was a family practitioner in Waynesboro, PA for 60 years. This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students, entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in the upcoming academic year, and can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Candidates must plan to enter family practice and show an interest and aptitude for osteopathic manipulative medicine.

      Dr. and Mrs. Gordon M. Robson Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship has been established by Gordon M. Robson, DO, KCOM 1988, and his wife, Karin S. Robson, with a desire to ease the financial burden of married students who have small children in the home while attending school. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a married KCOM student, entering into their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year, with at least one child in the home. Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results and be in good academic standing.

      Dr. Bertha Miller Clough Scholarship ($420) - This scholarship was established in order to enable deserving students the ability to pursue their dream of joining the osteopathic profession. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a KCOM student.

      Dr. Denzil G. Reid Scholarship ($880) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student, beginning their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year, and who can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. and academic excellence. Preference will be given to students from Harrison County, Missouri.

      Dr. George J. Schoelles Scholarship ($1,550) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      Dr. K. Dale and Gretchen H. Atterberry Scholarship ($2,100) - This scholarship was established in honor of K. Dale Atterberry, DO, FACOI, ‘35. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, at KCOM.

      Dr. Mead K. Cottrell & Edyth B. Cottrell Memorial Scholarship ($1,300) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student.

      Dr. Thomas H. and Avo E. Conklin Scholarship ($2,000) - This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Conklin, a 1932 graduate of KCOM. He had a general practice in Stigler, OK for over 50 years. A small town rural physician, he was lovingly known in the community as Dr. Tom. He delivered many babies in homes until establishment of the Haskell County Hospital in 1961. He continued making house calls until his death in 1992 at the age of 86. All three of Dr. Tom and Avo’s children graduate from KCOM , as did one granddaughter. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying KCOM students in good standing, and that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Priority is given to students entering into their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students in the upcoming academic year from Oklahoma.

      Drs. Isabelle and Josephine Morelock Scholarship ($1,350) - This scholarship honors Drs. Isabelle and Josephine Morelock. Isabelle Morelock, DO, graduated from KCOM in 1905, and Josephine Morelock, DO, graduated in 1903. They each served the osteopathic profession for more than 60 years in Hawaii. This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student. Preference will be given to students from Hawaii. Strong applicants will have demonstrated financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, academic achievement, leadership accomplishments, and strong potential for success as an osteopathic physician.

      E.O. Johnstone Scholarship ($2,550) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student.

      Edward J. and Helen K. Korecky Scholarship ($2,300) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student, entering into their 2nd year for the upcoming academic year, that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Edward P. Johnson, D.O., Scholarship ($420) - This scholarship has been established in honor of Edward P. Johnson, DO, a 1935 KCOM graduate. Dr. Johnson dedicated himself to the osteopathic profession and provided quality healthcare to the patients he served in Decatur and Rochelle, IL. This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Elmer and Lola Orth Scholarship ($20,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student from Clark County, Missouri or Lee County, Iowa.

      Esther Woolf Davidson, D.O. Family Scholarship ($950) - This scholarship provides financial support to a female KCOM student, beginning her 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in the next academic year, who can also demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Strong candidates must plan to pursue family medicine and show interest and aptitude for osteopathic manipulative medicine.

      F. M. Bucky Walter Tribute Scholarship ($1,550) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student. Preference will be given to a student entering into their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, ranking in the top 25% of their class, and have demonstrated leadership within student organizations at KCOM.

      Fred A. Couts, D.O. Scholarship ($3,000) - This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Fred A. Couts, KCOM class of 1953. Dr. Couts was a family physician in St. Louis and served on the KOAA Board of Directors and the KCOM Board of Trustees. This scholarship provides financial support for single, male, KCOM students who can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and will begin their 2nd or 3rd year in the upcoming academic year. Preference is given to students from Missouri, particularly from the St. Louis area.

      Gary H. Campbell, DO, Scholarship ($2,100) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Strong candidates must be in good academic standing, and preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated an interest in becoming a primary care physician.

      George F. Davison, D.O. Scholarship ($420) - Dr. George Davison graduated from KCOM in 1945 and served the osteopathic profession for more than 41 years. This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student. Preference is given to students entering into their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year from Missouri or Southeast Iowa.

      George W. Rea, D.O., Memorial Scholarship ($1,200) - This scholarship has been established in memory of George W. Rea, DO, by his friends, family, and former students. Dr. Rea was a 1942 KCOM graduate and joined the KCOM faculty in 1944, becoming the chairman of the Department of Radiology in 1958. This scholarship provides financial assistance to an exceptional KCOM student, entering their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, with a high degree of interest in radiology. Student must be in good academic standing.

      Gerhard Flegel, D.O. Scholarship ($460) - This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Gerhard Flegel. Dr. Flegel was a 1967 KCOM graduate and was a urologist in Florissant, MO. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Additionally, students must demonstrate interest and involvement in osteopathic professional organizations.

      Guy T. Funk, D.O., Scholarship ($2,450) - This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Guy T. Funk, a 1931 graduate of KCOM and practiced family medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Funk was the son of Dr. Thomas M. Funk who graduated from KCOM in the same year as his son, making the pair the only father and son to graduate from the university in the same class. This scholarship provides financial support for KCOM students who can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Applicants must demonstrate interest and involvement in osteopathic professional organizations.

      Hackney Family Scholarship for Primary Care ($1,800) - Dr. Robert H. Hackney, ‘69, established this scholarship in honor of his father, Ernest Lee Hackney, DO, ‘40, and his father’s commitment to primary care as a rural family doctor who served 26 years in general practice in Akron, OH. This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student interested in pursuing primary care, family practice, or internal medicine. Candidates must be in good standing. Preference will be given to rural and/or Midwestern students.

      Helen E. Stoner Scholarship ($1,350) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      James L. Adams, D.O., Memorial Scholarship ($400) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      Jason and Lori Haxton Scholarship for Underrepresented Students ($850) - The purpose of this scholarship is to support educational diversity at ATSU, consistent with the University’s mission and admissions policy. Candidates must be entering their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year at KCOM or MOSDOH, in good standing, involved in events and voluntary opportunities related to their degree goal, demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and come from a historically underrepresented population.

      Jay Crump, DO, Medical Scholarship ($1,700) - For almost three decades, Dr. Jay Crump made a difference in the lives of those around him at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Missouri. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Strong candidates must be in good academic standing, and preference will be given to applicants from Missouri.

      Jerry M. Alexander, D.O., Scholarship ($750) - This scholarship was established in memory of Jerry M. Alexander, DO, a 1973 KCOM alumnus who practiced family and sports medicine in Wichita Falls, Texas until his death in 2000. This scholarship provides financial support for KCOM students who can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results from the state of Texas.

      Jirina and Dennis Polivka Scholarship ($2,150) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students, entering into their 3rd or 4th year in the upcoming academic year, in good standing, can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and has shown a special interest in and aptitude for osteopathic manipulative medicine.

      Justin B. Garrison, DO, Family Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship has been established by Justin B. Garrison, DO, a 2013 KCOM graduate. Dr. Garrison is heavily involved in the geriatric population as he provides medical services for several hospice and assisted living centers in the Kingman, AZ area. Recipients of this scholarship will be Osteopathic Medicine students at either KCOM or SOMA planning to pursue family practice and/or serve in rural Arizona. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and entering their 2nd - 4th years. Preference will be given to students from Arizona.

      Kenneth R. Weaver, D.O., Family Practice Scholarship ($425) - This scholarship honors KCOM graduate, Kenneth R. Weaver, DO, class of 1926. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student interested in pursuing family practice and that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Kirksville Preferred Merchants’ Scholarship ($1,900) - The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an ATSU - Missouri student that is a long-time resident of Northeast Missouri. Recipients must have received their high school and/or undergraduate education in Northeast Missouri. Preference will be given to a current KCOM or MOSDOH student that will begin their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year.

      Kudelko Memorial Scholarship ($2,550) - This scholarship was established in honor of Paul and Helen Kudelko, parents of Paul E. Kudelko, DO, FACOI, ‘67, and Robert J. Kudelko, DO, FAOCR, ‘71. This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student, entering into their 4th year in the upcoming academic year. Recipients must show academic achievement as evidenced by having an academic ranking in the top 10% of their class and by receiving excellent clinical evaluation scores. Strong candidates should also demonstrate interest and involvement in osteopathic professional organizations.

      Howard S. Levine, DO, and Jeff Summe, DO, Scholarship ($900) - This scholarship has been established by classmates Howard S. Levine, DO, and Jeff Summer, DO, class of 1987. Recipients will be KCOM students in good academic standing that have excelled in the Complete DO courses.

      Laura Ann Stedman Scholarship ($650) - This scholarship was established by Robert M. Stenz, DO, ‘81, and Willard S. Stenz, DO, ‘80 in memory of their cousin, Laura Ann Stedman who died while serving in the Peace Corps. This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Candidates must be from either Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

      Laura S. Awers Memorial Scholarship ($980) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student.

      M.D. Warner, D.O., Scholarship ($425) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student, entering their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Strong candidates should show skill and interest in osteopathic theory.

      Margaret A. Wilson, D.O., Scholarship ($3,000) - This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Wilson, ‘82, and dean of KCOM. Dr. Wilson is an avid spokesperson for community health clinics and service to underserved populations and is a former member of the National Health Service Corps. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student, that will enter their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, and plans to complete a family medicine residency. Preference will be given to students that plan to practice in a rural area in Missouri and/or be employed by a community health center, such as Northeast Missouri Health Council. Applicants must submit a letter outlining their current and intended actions they are taking to become a family medicine physician.

      Michael J. Scott Memorial Scholarship ($860) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      Minnie Wintermute, D.O., and Abbie Wintermute Harvey Scholarship ($4,000) - This scholarship provides financial support to KCOM students, that are entering their 3rd or 4th year, that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and a high level of demonstrated commitment to community service.

      National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association Women’s Leadership Scholarship ($1,250) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a female KCOM student, entering her 2nd year in the upcoming academic year, who has demonstrated an interest in women’s health issues, actively promotes the advancement of women, assists with recruitment of women to KCOM, and works to improve resources and opportunities available to women attending KCOM.

      Need Based Scholarship ($4,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to SOMA, KCOM, and ASHS-PA students with financial need.

      O. Kenneth Day Scholarship ($2,150) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      Paul M. Sargentini Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) - This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Paul M. Sargentini by his parents, Neil J. Sargentini, PhD, and Jennifer L. Sargentini. Dr. Sargentini served as the Chair of the KCOM Department of Microbiology and Immunology. His son, Paul, passed away in 2001 at the age of 26 from a year-long battle with cancer and infections associated with cancer therapy. This scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and help support a KCOM student, entering their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, who plans to pursue a career in treating patients with cancer or associated illnesses. Student must have an 80% or better GPA.

      R. Anton Lester III, D.O., Scholarship ($2,100) - This scholarship was established in honor of R. Anton Lester III, DO, ‘77. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, at KCOM. Preference is given to students from Texas.

      Richard J. Murphy, D.O., Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) - This scholarship honors Dr. Richard J. Murphy, DO, class of 1929, who practiced for 47 years in Kansas and Detroit, MI. This scholarship provides financial assistance to academically strong KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Rick Watson, D.O., Student Ambassador Scholarship ($875) - Dr. Rick Watson, DO, ‘97, and his wife Anne established this scholarship for an outstanding KCOM Student Ambassador who shares Dr. Watson’s passion for service to the school. This scholarship provides a financial award to an exceptional KCOM Student Ambassador. Candidates must have completed one year as an Ambassador and preference will be given to those that show promise to become an Alumni Ambassador.

      Robert C. Fischer, D.O. Memorial Scholarship ($1,800) - This scholarship was established to honor Robert C. Fischer, DO, class of 1932, who practiced osteopathic medicine in Stevens Point, WI for 53 years. This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student. Preference will be given to students from Wisconsin with intentions to return to the state to practice. Additionally, preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results and have high potential to become outstanding osteopathic physicians.

      Robertson-Griffith Family Scholarship ($1,100) - This scholarship was established by Donald P. Robertson, DO, class of 1975, in appreciation for KCOM and what it has meant to him and his family in their professional careers. This scholarship recognizes the long legacy of family graduates from KCOM. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student, entering into their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in the upcoming academic year, in good standing, and that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Ron Gaber Student Leadership Scholarship ($500) - This scholarship was established to honor Ron Gaber, Dean Emeritus of Students and Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs, upon his retirement from ATSU in 2012 after 24 years of dedicated service. This scholarship recognizes an KCOM student, entering their 4th year in the upcoming academic year, who has exhibited exceptional leadership qualities as a student in his/her community. The student must be in good academic standing for consideration for this award.

      Russell A. Lyons Scholarship ($900) - This scholarship was established in memory of KCOM alumnus Dr. Russell “Buck” A. Lyons. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student entering into their 4th year with financial need and preparing for a specialty in internal medicine.

      Snyder-Crummy Living Tribute Scholarship ($700) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student that will begin their 3rd year in the upcoming academic year. Students must demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and have a high level of achievement in Anatomy.

      Stephen Joseph Shanklin Scholarship ($450) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Steven C. McDonald, D.O., Emergency Medicine Scholarship ($740) - This scholarship was established by friends, colleagues, and family of Steven C. McDonald, DO, class of 1994 who passed away in 1997. While a student at KCOM, Dr. McDonald was deeply involved in the student experience and served as president of his class and was voted Student DO of the Year. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student that plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine and has a demonstrated aptitude in this field.

      TeamHealth and Dale C. Askins, D.O., Scholarship ($840) - This scholarship provides financial support to KCOM students, entering their 3rd or 4th year in the upcoming academic year, that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Candidates must provide a letter of support from a physician indicating the applicant’s interest and aptitude for emergency medicine. Candidates must be in good academic standing.

      The Cunningham Family OMM/Family Practice Scholarship ($950) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student, entering into their 3rd or 4th year in the next academic year, and who intends to enter family medicine and actively incorporate osteopathic manipulative medicine as an additional tool in diagnosing and treating patients. Candidates must submit an essay describing their future plans and must indicate a plan to practice in a non-urban geographic location.

      Thomas M. Funk, D.O., Scholarship ($2,450) - This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Thomas M. Funk. He and his son, Dr. Guy T. Funk, graduated from KCOM in 1931, being the only father and son to graduate in the same class. This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualifying students at KCOM that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Applicants must demonstrate interest and involvement in osteopathic professional organizations.

      Tinning Family Scholarship for Gerontology ($4,000) - This scholarship was established to honor Susan G. and James C. Tinning, parents of Fred C. Tinning, Ph.D. Dr. Tinning was the eighth president of KCOM, serving from 1984 to 1996. This scholarship provides financial support for KCOM students interested in pursuing a career path in gerontology and serving the senior citizen population. Candidates must demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Vick Family Memorial Scholarship ($900) - This scholarship was established in memory of David A. Vick, DO, ‘63, and his son Paul David Vick, DO, ‘87. Both Drs. Vick were graduates of KCOM and were devoted to providing quality healthcare to their patients through the practice and advancement of osteopathic medicine. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a KCOM student interested in pursuing osteopathic manipulative medicine as evidenced by membership in SAAO - Student American Academy of Osteopathy. Student must demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Vincent M. Koike, D.O., Scholarship ($2,000) - This scholarship was established by Vincent M. Koike, DO, ‘86, in appreciation for all that his experiences and education at KCOM have meant in his life and in recognition of the scholarship support he received while a student at KCOM. This scholarship provides financial support to underrepresented students at KCOM or SOMA. Students must be in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      W. S. McClymonds Memorial Scholarship ($3,500) - This scholarship provides financial support to KCOM students of high character and ability.

      Walter and Carrie B. Stewart Scholarship ($1,950) - This scholarship provides financial support to a KCOM student.

      Walter W. and Nellie C. Keller Memorial Scholarship ($2,245) - This scholarship provides financial support for a KCOM student who demonstrates strong academic performance (3.25 GPA or higher). Primary preference will be given to Kansas students and secondary preference given to Missouri students.

      Wayne M. Seutter, D.O., Scholarship ($2,000) - This scholarship was established by Wayne M. Seutter, DO, class of 1955. Dr. Seutter served as a general practitioner in Michigan. This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. Preference will be given to students interested in serving the medical needs of small rural communities.

      William Leon Thurman, D.O., & Darrell LeRoy Thurman Scholarship ($4,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to KCOM students that can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results.

      Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

      Jason and Lori Haxton Scholarship for Underrepresented Students ($850) - The purpose of this scholarship is to support educational diversity at ATSU, consistent with the University’s mission and admissions policy. Candidates must be entering their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year at KCOM or MOSDOH, in good standing, involved in events and voluntary opportunities related to their degree goal, demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results, and come from a historically underrepresented population.

      Kirksville Dental Group Scholarship ($900) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to a MOSDOH student that is in good standing and can demonstrate financial need based upon the current academic year FAFSA results. First preference is given to students who graduated from high school in one of the following Missouri counties: Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Linn, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, or Sullivan. Second preference is given to someone who graduated from a Missouri high school north of I-70. Third preference is given to a student who graduated from any high school in Missouri.

      Kirksville Preferred Merchants’ Scholarship ($1,900) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to an ATSU - Missouri student that is a long-time resident of Northeast Missouri. Recipients must have received their high school and/or undergraduate education in Northeast Missouri. Preference will be given to a current KCOM or MOSDOH student that will begin their 2nd year in the upcoming academic year.

      Premier Dental Partners Scholarship ($500) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to MOSDOH students in good standing entering into their 3rd or 4th year. Recipients must demonstrate professionalism and the qualities necessary for entering a dental group practice with evidence that they possess the following attributes: a record of successful teamwork; clinical excellence; and outstanding leadership skills.

      School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

      ATSU-SOMA Community Impact Scholarship ($500) - The ATSU-SOMA Community Impact Scholarship recognizes a medical student(s) who has demonstrated a commitment to primary care, along with the ability to successfully integrate osteopathic philosophy, community oriented primary care (COPC) principles, and social determinants of health (SDH) while enrolled in ATSU-SOMA. COPC principles include responsibility for the health and healthcare of a defined population that is based on identified needs and involves community participation. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an ATSU-SOMA student(s) preparing for their 4th year, who has made a positive community impact by integrating osteopathic philosophy, COPC principles, and SDH during their medical school career.

      ATSU-SOMA International Community Outreach Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship was established by J. Aaron Allgood, DO, and LeAnn C. Allgood to provide financial assistance to a SOMA student who has a desire to travel internationally for mission work. The recipient of this scholarship will be a 4th year student with financial need in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation).

      Dr. Art Mollen Health Lifestyle Scholarship ($900) - This scholarship was established by Arthur J. Mollen, DO, and Paige Mollen. The Mollen Foundation is dedicated to educating and empowering schools and communities to transform their lives by adopting healthy habits to achieve life-long benefits. The Mollen Foundation offers a comprehensive approach to healthy living through food education, physical activity, leadership, and resiliency skills The Mollen’s believe their Foundation’s mission aligns with that of ATSU’s mission of mind, body, and spirit. This scholarship provides financial assistance to SOMA students entering into their 4th year. Preference will be given to applicants in the state of Arizona. Applicants should demonstrate leadership through involvement in school related activities focused on healthy lifestyle; educating the community on health improvement; and a focus on the student’s personal development of lifestyle and wellness habits in order to better care for patients.

      Joe Gibson Scholarship ($600) - Dr. Joe Gibson was a Phoenix area Emergency Medicine Physician who was killed while on a training run in 2009. Dr. Gibson exemplified many qualities which current education programs seek to instill in their students: dedication to improving medicine, wonderful bedside manner, a collaborative team spirit at work, and a well-rounded lifestyle. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to 1 SOMA student and 1 ASHS-PA student. Recipients must be in good academic standing, and lead or participate in activities related to the school and/or community charities in addition to normal expected academic pursuits. In doing so, this individual represents a well-balanced professional lifestyle.

      Justin B. Garrison, DO, Family Scholarship ($1,000) - This scholarship has been established by Justin B. Garrison, DO, a 2013 KCOM graduate. Dr. Garrison is heavily involved in the geriatric population as he provides medical services for several hospice and assisted living centers in the Kingman, AZ area. Recipients of this scholarship will be Osteopathic Medicine students at either KCOM or SOMA planning to pursue family practice and/or serve in rural Arizona. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and entering their 2nd - 4th years. Preference will be given to students from Arizona.

      Natalie Beissel Scholarship ($2,500) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to 4th year SOMA students in good academic standing. Recipients must be ranked in the top 15% of their class and have financial need. An essay is required describing their caring personality toward patients and co-workers.

      Need Based Scholarship ($4,000) - This scholarship provides financial assistance to SOMA, KCOM, and ASHS-PA students with financial need.

      Tom Curtin, MD, Scholarship ($750) - This scholarship has been established to honor the career and legacy of Tom Curtin, MD, and his commitment to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as well as his role in helping create a one-of-a-kind curriculum for ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), advance the future of healthcare, and ensure the needs of underserved and underrepresented populations are met. This scholarship provides financial assistance to Hometown Scholars, students committed to working in a community health center upon graduation, attending either SOMA or ASDOH. Recipients must be Hometown Scholars in good standing and currently in their 3rd year of study.

  • Graduate Health Professions Scholarship Program +

    • The A.T. Still University Graduate Health Professions Scholarship (GPS) is designed to accentuate the university’s unique mission of service and leadership in whole person healthcare. This tuition scholarship is a targeted approach to attract and educate students whose life contributions and experiences are consistent with the ATSU mission to serve in underserved areas. The GPS was created for historically underrepresented groups and/or underrepresented minority groups.

      For the GPS Scholarship application please click here

      For those interested in supporting our scholarship funds, please donate online.

      Successful candidates must have demonstrated academic success, a commitment to community service, and financial need. Those awarded will receive significant financial support during their residential education (renewable for the second consecutive year). Those awarded will also receive substantial co-curricular experiences, enhancing the academic model of Interprofessional Education.

      A.T. Still University defines “Historically Underrepresented,” and “Underrepresented Minorities (URMs),” as those persons identified by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Students admitted to any ATSU graduate health professions education program are qualified to apply for the GPS scholarship and must fully complete the scholarship application and supplemental requirements listed below:

      1. Scholars must be accepted to A.T. Still University.
      2. Scholars must complete and submit A.T. Still University GPS application materials prior to University deadlines.
        • Submit a video (not more than 3 minutes) describing why this scholarship would enhance scholar’s ability to serve the underserved. Please email video to diversity@atsu.edu.

      3. Scholars must have been Pell eligible or received income based tuition assistance during their senior year of undergraduate school.
      4. Scholars must demonstrate consistent reasonable progress towards a graduate health education program.
      5. Scholars must pay all A.T. Still University application fees prior to deadline.
      6. Scholars understand that University fees are NOT covered by this scholarship.
      7. Scholars are required to participate in the GPS pre-matriculation program prior to their first year of school.
      8. Scholars are required to participate in a University student organization.
      9. Scholars will serve as stewards for the GPS program and encouraged to participate in that capacity for campus wide Diversity Department programs and initiatives.
      10. Scholars must attend a scholars meeting each term.
      11. Scholars must meet with program administrator at least once monthly (administrator may require additional meetings).
      12. Upon degree completion, scholars agree to provide healthcare services in a community healthcare center (at the discretion of ATSU program administrator).
      13. Scholars agree to repay GPS scholarship if he\she does not successfully complete his\her ATSU program.

      THE DEADLINE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS APRIL 30 at Midnight (CST).

      For more information on the Graduate Health Professions Scholarship please contact the Diversity Department at diversity@atsu.edu.

      Arizona: 623.251.4705
      Missouri: 660.626.2210

  • Employment +

    • ATSU is a culturally rich community that prepares innovative and compassionate healthcare professionals for service in underserved areas. As an expanding university, we offer a wide range of rewarding and challenging job opportunities that support our prestigious academic environment.

      If you want to be part of our dynamic, diverse and collaborative environment, we encourage you to apply for one of our open positions.

  • Student organizations +

    • A.T. Still University offers a variety of involvement opportunities for our students to connect with smaller social groups. A list of diverse, student groups are provided below. Students may also develop new student groups as the need arises for campus diversity and inclusivity. Questions about existing groups or how to start a new group can email Student Life at studentlife@atsu.edu.

      Cultural organizations Campus
      Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association Arizona
      Hispanic Medical Association asdohhsda@atsu.edu Arizona
      Medical Spanish Club Missouri
      Project:Pueblo Arizona
      Society of American Indian Dentist Arizona


      Religious/Spiritual organizations Campus location
      Alpha Omega aoazasdoh@gmail.com Arizona
      Christian Healthcare Fellowship christianhealthcarefellowship@atsu.edu Arizona
      Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Missouri
      Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) Missouri
      Secular Student Interest Group Missouri


      Sexuality/Gender organizations Campus
      American Association of Women Dentists asdohaawd@atsu.edu Arizona
      Association of Women’s Surgeons Arizona
      Gay-Straight Alliance Missouri
      Medical Students For Choice Arizona
      National Osteopathic Women Physicians’ Association (NOWPA) Missouri

  • Diversity education +

    • Educating culturally competent students and building a community of culturally proficient employees is within ATSU’s mission. The following valuable online tools and resources are available to enhance the value of an ATSU educational experience.

      • Diversity 3.0 Learning Series is offered through the Association of American Medical Colleges.
      • Microagression in Everyday Life is a video defining and understanding what can be done to address microagression.
      • Project Implicit offers online tests that help individuals gain a greater awareness of their own unconscious biases and beliefs.
      • Understanding Prejudice is a resource website exploring the causes and consequences of prejudice.
      • DiversityEdu is a comprehensive web-based diversity training tool. The goal of the program is to develop day-to-day skills which broaden employee and student skills to be more inclusive.
      • Think Cultural Health National CLAS Standards – The National CLAS Standards are a set of 15 action steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
      • Think Cultural Health Resources – Find articles, presentations, newsletters, and more about culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) and the National CLAS Standards.
      • National Education Association Diversity Toolkit – An online toolkit that provides an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity. It offers basic information, a short list of strategies and tools, and suggestions for how to find out more. Neither the short list of topics in this toolkit nor the content within each topic is meant to be exhaustive.
      • Academy of Communication in Healthcare - The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) is the professional home for all those who are committed to improving communication and relationships in healthcare. The ACH has been in the forefront of research and teaching relationship-centered healthcare communication. If you are looking for ways to improve patient safety, interdisciplinary teamwork, patient satisfaction scores, or just want to develop your individual communication skills, ACH is a great resource.
      • National LGBTHealth Education Center - The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

  • Research +

    • Research is the backbone of the academic process. Diversity has a widely recognized relationship to the vestiges of the healing process. Therefore research on healthcare disparities related to diversity is necessary in a health professions education environment. This section is devoted to internal research by our students, faculty and staff on diversity related topics pertaining to healthcare disparities.

      Lapinski, J., & P. Sexton. Still in the closet: the invisible minority in medical education. BMC Medical Education 2014, 14:171 http://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6920-14-171

      Summary: To investigate the relationship between sexual orientation and gender identity in regard to levels of depression; levels of perceived social support; comfort with disclosure of orientation; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) campus climate.

  • Academic programs +

    • The mission that drives ATSU includes a specific focus on diversity and underserved populations. The University is mindful of these focus areas, from the student recruitment process through students’ clinical training locations and the populations they serve. With more than 25 programs and growing, ATSU is dedicated to preparing students to become leaders in the healthcare industry. Students can choose from master’s degrees across allied health disciplines; doctorates in athletic training, audiology, health administration, health education, health sciences, occupational therapy, and physical therapy; the doctor of dental medicine; and the doctor of osteopathic medicine.

      Learn more about our academic programs.