AOF/AAOA Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award

Deadline: The 2021 Nomination Cycle is closed

Established in 1993, this award was created to honor the memory of Donna Jones Moritsugu, wife of Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, Former Deputy Surgeon General of the United States.  The award honors the married life partners of graduating osteopathic medical students who best exemplify the type of immeasurable support and personal sacrifice that is crucial to their partner’s success, leading to the betterment of their future and of society.

In partnership with the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) and Osteopathic Colleges/Schools of Osteopathic Medicine across the country, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) will present this award to one individual from each College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM) during the graduating student’s commencement, awards ceremony, or other event as determined by the college.

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Eligibility: one per COM/SOM

One (1) legally recognized spouse of any graduating fourth-year osteopathic medical student is selected by each COM/SOM.  The recipients shall exemplify the role of a professional’s partner by providing immeasurable support of his or her partner, family, and the osteopathic profession, while being an individual in their own right.



  • Legally recognized partnerships of one year or less in duration are not eligible to receive this award.
  • The award cannot be given posthumously.


Nomination Requirements

  • One (1) individual from each College/School of Osteopathic Medicine that best meets the eligibility criteria may be nominated.
  • Nominations for the individual must come directly from the College/School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Nominations must be received by May 31, 2021.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a designated person from your COM/SOM


General Information

  • Colleges/Schools of Osteopathic Medicine are expected to provide photographic documentation of the recipient receiving the award within 30-days of the ceremony.

Failure to provide photographic documentation of the award presentation will affect future funding status from the AOF.

  • Colleges/Schools of Osteopathic Medicine are expected to acknowledge the AOF during the award presentation. A certificate will be provided for the presentation with the Tiffany Heart mailed directly to the recipient.
  • Information about the recipient and the award ceremony may be published on the AOF’s website, publications, annual reports, press releases and/or other news vehicles.
The AOF presents this award in partnership with the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association. The AAOA is a non-profit organization made up of the spouses, friends, and family of Osteopathic physicians and supporters of the Osteopathic profession. The goal of the Advocates is to support public health and educational activities that inform and engage patients and families on the benefits of Osteopathic medicine and public health.