WVSOM Scholarships


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Our goal at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation is to grow an endowment large enough to provide financial assistance to every WVSOM student. This will help us ensure that our school continues to be a leader of excellence in medical education.

WVSOM Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund

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Launched in 2018, our Legacy Scholarship fund is our primary donation effort designed to help us achieve our goal of providing every student with some level of financial support. Learn more about the impact you can make by giving to this important fund.

Named Scholarships

Awarded to a student who took a nontraditional path to medical school. This includes students who pursued another career path before choosing medicine and students who had to leave their jobs to attend medical school. Preference will be given to a student who is considering psychiatry as a specialty.

Will be awarded annually to a WVSOM student who is in good standing and has served as an advocate for LBGTQ+ students and individuals. Preference will be given to students who are active in equity and inclusion groups such as the Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA), have served on panels and boards dedicated to LBGTQ+ progress and issues, and have earned a certificate in one of the following WVSOM sponsored programs: LBGTQ+ Series, Health Disparities Series, or Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Series.

Awarded annually to a WVSOM student in good academic standing who has demonstrated strong character and dedication to their community. Preference will be given to students who earned their undergraduate degrees from Concord University or West Virginia University. Preference will also be given to students from Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Awarded to a student representing an underrepresented population at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Preference will be given to students from ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and students from rural counties that classify as medically underserved.

Awarded to a student who exemplifies strong academic qualifications and has a desire to practice in West Virginia upon graduation. The scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) from one of the qualifying West Virginia counties: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Roane, Summers, Wayne, Webster, and Wyoming.

Established by Anna Marie’s family and the staff of WVSOM in 2018. Anna Marie was the Director of Accreditation of WVSOM until her untimely death in August of 2017. This scholarship will be awarded to a female, second-year student from WV who exemplifies the characteristics embodied by Anna Marie. These characteristics include: getting things done behind the scenes, being a leader who leads by example, is genuine and compassionate, an untiring advocate of support for others, and volunteers in the community. The recipient should be known for her willingness to help out and not shy away from a challenge. Additionally, the recipient should be known for greeting you with her beautiful smile and warm welcome.

Awarded to a student who is non-traditional (ethnicity, gender, or financial need). The awardee should have research or volunteer experience demonstrating sustainability and/or decreasing global footprint.

Awarded to a student who: demonstrates leadership and has made a positive impact on the campus and/or community. The student may or may not be a member of the student government. Preference may be given to a student who plans to practice Family Medicine or who demonstrates an interest in Wilderness Medicine.

This scholarship fund is part of the West Virginia Emulation Endowment Trust. The Trust was created in 1969 by the Foundation and consists of 15 separate scholarship funds that provide need-based scholarship support at various colleges and universities. Each scholarship fund is named after someone their board felt we should all try to emulate -hence the name "Emulation" Endowment Trust. The WVSOM scholarship fund was established in 2016 and named after Dr. Olen E. Jones, Jr. As many of you know, Dr. Jones served as the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine from 1987 until 2009 and is credited with guiding the institution to unprecedented success.

This fund will provide for an award to be given annually to a 3rd or 4th year student who intends to practice Emergency Medicine. This award is established by Brant Hinchman, D.O., WVSOM Class of 2012, and shall be given in honor of his father, David Hinchman, D.O., WVSOM Class of 1982.

This scholarship was established by her four children in 2020 to honor a brilliant woman who, against all odds, became a physician at the age of 50 (WVSOM Class of 1993). She helped hundreds of patients in her 20 years as an Internist; her hope was that others could do the same.

Scholarship given to a 4th year student based on scholarship, Osteopathic professional interest, leadership, citizenship, friendliness, cooperation and demonstrates desire to help his fellow students.  Voted on by 4th year students and top candidates are sent to Faculty to vote on final recipient.

Presented based on these criteria: must be a graduating fourth-year student from WVSOM, must be committed to a residency program in West Virginia, and the scholarship committee may use additional criteria at its discretion in determining the award recipient.

Presented to a rising third-year student; in good academic and professional standing; GPA in the 80% or above; is voted as most skillful in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by his/her peers.

Scholarship given to a 1st year student based on scholarship, Osteopathic professional interest, leadership in the class and the school, citizenship, friendliness, cooperation and demonstrates desire to help his fellow students.  Voted on by 1st year students and top candidates are sent to Faculty to vote on final recipient.

Recipient must be from Mingo or Logan County, West Virginia, or southwestern West Virginia and be an incoming or first-year student.

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated character and leadership at WVSOM and has great potential to be a future leader in the osteopathic profession.

Awarded annually to a second-, third- or fourth-year WVSOM medical student who is also the first in their family to graduate from college. Additional consideration may be given to a direct descendant of Dr. Eugene McClung.

Recognizes a student who is committed to fostering an educational environment that values the development of human potential, cultural and ethnic diversity and understanding.

Scholarship given to a 1st year  student who is a West Virginia resident and plans to practice family medicine upon completion of his/her education. The student must be in the upper two-thirds of his/her class academically and have exhibited a strong interest in school & community welfare.

Presented to a WVSOM graduating student who has exhibited community service and outreach.

Presented to a second-year full-time student who has a GPA of no less than 90% with a demonstrated proficiency in manual medicine and significant knowledge of anatomy.

This award may be given to a qualified student in any year of medical school based on these criteria: student intends to practice medicine in an underprivileged and medically underserved community (rural or urban); exhibits strong academic performance (must rank in upper 25% of class); exhibits financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office); is from a rural background; had a main undergraduate focus in chemistry or psychology; and is an active member of the Atlas Club.

Established by the Class of 1997 to honor the life of a colleague in medicine and loving friend of many in her community, this scholarship is awarded to a first-year student, chosen by his/her peers, who has overcome challenges to pursue medical studies at WVSOM.

Scholarship give to the 1st year student who has demonstrated financial need and is in the upper 75% of his/her class. Student must have chosen WVSOM because of the school’s commitment to outstanding family practice medicine.

Presented to a graduating student who is in the top 10% of his/her class, has served his/her community in various ways and has written a compelling essay about his/her desire to serve the profession of Osteopathic Medicine.

Established by Deena Obrokta, D.O., Class of 1994, to honor her granddaughter, this award recognizes a WVSOM graduate who plans to pursue a practice in pediatric medicine.

Awarded as financial aid to a graduating student whose intention is to advance the institution in significant and meaningful ways.

Recipient plans to practice in West Virginia using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as part of his/her daily treatment of patients as well as instill the importance of OP&P in the next generation of WVSOM students.

Recipient will be a first-year student from one of the following high schools: Big Creek, Iaeger, Mount View, Princeton or Bluefield in West Virginia or Graham, Tazewell, Richlands or Pocahontas in Virginia.

Presented to a third-year student from Barbour, McDowell, Taylor, Preston or Harrison Counties in West Virginia who intends to remain in West Virginia to practice primary care. The award recognizes students who represent the character and qualities that Samantha embodied, including compassion, a solid work ethic and dedication to community service.

Presented to a graduate who has demonstrated compassion, empathy and insight in working with his/her patients and strong community service.

Selection of recipients will be based upon the following criteria: Applicant must be a West Virginia resident; applicant's prior academic performance; performance on MCAT; prior leadership performance; financial need and potential for success; personal interview with the Foundation's selection committee.

Awarded annually to the Student D.O. of the Year. Monies raised by the Grand Affair help fund this scholarship.

Will provide for an award to be given annually to an incoming freshman student who is a resident of: First Choice, Wayne County, WV; Second Choice, Cabell County, WV; and Third Choice, the state of West Virginia.