AOF Golden Ticket Scholarship

Deadline: No longer accepting applications for 2019

One $25,000 scholarship & four $5,000 runner-up scholarships

An annual award recognizing exceptional osteopathic medical students who carry the financial burden of student loans, the Golden Ticket Scholarship is one that recognizes those who surpass their peers in academics, leadership, commitment to the osteopathic profession and philosophy and significant participation in community outreach. 


Osteopathic medical students who have successfully completed their first year of studies prior to the fall of the calendar year in which they are applying, and will still be enrolled as an osteopathic medical student during the fall of the calendar year in which they are applying, and who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a COCA –Accredited School/ College of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM/COM)
  • In the top 25% of their class(outstanding academic achievement while in medical school)
  • Demonstrated financial need while completing his/her osteopathic medical education
  • Demonstrated commitment to the osteopathic medicine and the profession
  • Significant participation in school/community activities outside of any college requirements; may include leadership in professionally related organizations/activities while in osteopathic medical school


Nomination Requirements *

  • Nomination must come from Dean or his/her designee
  • A letter from the Dean or his/her designee as an official document certifying that the applicant is in good academic standing and confirming the student's class rank/academic standing or that they are in the top 25% of their class.
  • Letter from the Director of Financial Aid verifying that the student qualifies for financial aid
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/support (one must highlight academic achievement and one must highlight contributions to the osteopathic profession)
  • A personal statement (no longer than one page single-spaced)
  • Student must be available to attend Honors 2019 on October 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. **
  • Additional materials that demonstrate the student’s leadership in school/community activities outside of college requirements is highly suggested, but not required. 


  • Five students will win a scholarship  (top recipient will win $25,000 & four runner-ups will win $5,000)
  • After the AOF Committee on Scholarships and Awards meets to review nominees, students and their SOM/COM will be notified whether or not they have been chosen to be a recipient of one of the five scholarship opportunities 
  • The official announcement of the top recipient will not take place until Honors 2019
  • The top recipient will be provided two complimentary tickets to Honors 2019


* Nominee may not be the COM’s already nominated Welch Scholar ** The top recipient will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event, but there is no reimbursement for travel expenses.