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Ensuring the future of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado begins by supporting today’s Osteopathic medical students. The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation is proud to award up to five $10,000 scholarships to students entering their third year at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. These scholarships are renewed automatically for $10,000 each for the fourth year as long as the students are in good standing with their College of Osteopathic Medicine. Scholarships are for tuition unless the selected recipients receive a fellowship. In addition, the Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship has been established.

Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship
The Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000.00 scholarship that is awarded annually to one of the tuition scholarship applicants. It is to be used for fees, books, supplies and equipment. This scholarship is named after the late Walter S. Strode, D.O. who was a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. This annual scholarship is made possible by the generosity of his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Strode, in partnership with our Foundation.


FY 2017-2018 General Information

  • Up to five tuition scholarships are available to students entering their third year at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine in the summer of 2018.
  • Each scholarship is for $10,000 per year, up to a total of $20,000 for years III and IV of medical school as long as the student remains in good academic standing with their College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Scholarship tuition funds are credited to the student’s medical school business office account.
  • Applications will be reviewed primarily on merit, with financial need being secondary.
  • Applicants with the most potential to become good osteopathic physicians based on their demonstration of academic achievement, leadership, motivation and service to their community will be selected.
  • The Foundation anticipates that its scholarship recipients, upon completion of their medical education will return to practice in Colorado.


  • Only second-year students are eligible to apply for the scholarships (scholarships are awarded to selected recipients for their third year and fourth year if the recipients maintain their eligibility).
  • Students who have full tuition scholarships are ineligible (Indian Health Service, National Health Service Corp, Health Professions Scholarship Program – Army, Navy and Air Force, other sources)
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Documentation of College of Osteopathic Medicine admission is required.)
  • Only residents of Colorado, or those with a solid Colorado connection such as family living in Colorado, or went to school in Colorado are eligible to apply, with preference given to residents of Southern Colorado.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.


  • Applicants must submit official medical school transcripts, class ranking, grade point average for their first three semesters, plus their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores from time of application to College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Applicants must submit a list of the clubs and organizations that they belong to during medical school and their community service.
  • Applicants must submit an essay stating why they want to be an osteopathic physician, where they see themselves professionally 10 years from now, their intention to return to Colorado to practice medicine, and their history of having lived in Colorado (or their family’s history). Also, applicants should describe his/her financial situation/need.
  • Applicants must submit a 4" x 6" photo.
  • Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae including extra curricular activities in the interim time between undergraduate and medical school.
  • The scholarship recipient must keep the Foundation informed of address changes and status while enrolled in school during the period of funding and throughout residency.
  • Tuition Scholarship recipients must give the Foundation’s Executive Director permission to contact their college of medicine to ensure that they are still in good standing prior to releasing funds for the fourth year.

Application Process

  • Beginning November 1, 2017 the scholarship application material will be available from the Financial Aid Offices at all accredited Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Beginning November 1, 2017 the scholarship application material will be available on the Foundation’s website at; potential applicants may also call the Foundation office at 719-635-9057 or email the office at to obtain a copy.
  • Complete applications should be received by the Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2018.
  • A selection committee composed of Osteopathic physicians will review all completed applications after February 1, 2018.
  • SKYPE or FACETIME Interviews

    • Will be conducted between select medical student applicants and the scholarship committee. No telephone only interviews will be granted.
    • Selected applicants will be assigned a specific interview time.
    • Students must register online with SKYPE and then start an account if SKYPE is used for the interviews.
    • Students should contact the Foundation one week prior to the interview and ensure that their SKYPE account or Facetime is active and working.
    • The interviews should last approximately 15 minutes each.

  • Award recipients will be notified by phone and mail in May.
  • Tuition scholarship payments will be made in two increments per year. $5000 will be sent to the school’s business office in July and December.

Withdrawal Policy

  • If a scholarship recipient withdraws from school permanently, the scholarship converts to a five year loan at 5% interest per year. Scholarship recipients are responsible to repay the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation under the terms defined by the Foundation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the Foundation.
  • If a scholarship recipient is granted a leave of absence from their school for medical or other reasons, the Foundation will hold the un-awarded balance of scholarship funds for up to one year from the date of the leave approval. The student must return to school within one year in order to retain the scholarship.
  • Conditions of leave and withdrawal are subject to the individual school policy.

Questions/Additional Information

  • Questions should be directed to the Foundation by email at or phone at 719-635-9057.
  • Information and applications may be downloaded from our web site at

Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation
P.O. Box 49577
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
(719) 635-9057

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Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation | 422 E. Vermijo, Suite 311, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Mailing Address: PO Box 49577, Colorado Springs, CO 80949