AOF William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship

Deadline: 2021 Application Cycle is closed

Five $10,000 Scholarships

AOF’s William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship recognizes today’s minority medical students who are on their way to becoming tomorrow’s doctors committed to a life-long pursuit to eliminate health care disparities and to enhance patient-centered care. Annual scholarship awards of $10,000 will be presented to three minority students who are committed to osteopathic principles and practice, excel academically, and have proven to be leaders in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of minorities.

Recognizing today's minority medical students as they work to become tomorrow's doctors.

Congratulations to the recently named 2021 AOF William G. Anderson, DO Minority Scholarship Recipients!  We look forward to celebrating these individuals at our Honors Gala on October 22, 2021.

  • Jessica Bedele, OMS III - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Brandon Bishop, OMS II - Kansas City University
  • Samaneh Bolourchi, OMS III - Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California         
  • Chassidy Sumler, OMS II - LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Janelle Torres, OMS III - NSU-KPCOM



Minority osteopathic medical student in good standing at a COCA-Accredited College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM) who is a rising OMS II, III, or IV in the fall of 2021.  In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Strong interest in osteopathic medicine, its philosophy, and principles
  • Consistently strong  academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership role in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of minorities OR in addressing inequities in medical education and health care
  • Noteworthy accomplishments, awards and honors, special projects, and extracurricular activities that demonstrate the applicant's ability to be a leader
  • Significant financial need affecting completion of education 


NOTE: For the purpose of this scholarship, a minority is defined as African-American; Asian Americans, Arab and other Middle Eastern Americans, Native Americans (including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians); Latinos (including Puerto Ricans) or other Hispanic ethnic origins. However, international students are welcomed to apply.


Application Requirements

  • A completed online application form – self-nominations are accepted
  • A personal statement that outlines financial need, academic aptitude, and advancing in moving the needle for minority populations.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae  (include all current memberships, osteopathic or other)
  • Official medical school academic transcript, (unofficial transcript accepted)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/support  (one must be from a DO)
  • A letter from the Dean or his/her designee stating the student is in good standing and confirms if received, this grant will not render the student illegible for other grants/scholarship opportunities within the school.



The recipients will be recognized at the 2021 AOF’s Honors event. In addition, the winners will be recognized in various AOF publications, on the website, and through social media outlets.



Autobiographies of a Black Couple of the Greatest Generation by William G.  and Norma L. Anderson.

If you’re interested in receiving a copy, you can do so with a $32 donation to the William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship Program through the American Osteopathic Foundation. 



This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the distinguished career of William G. Anderson, DO, to recognize his life-long commitment to civil rights and to highlight his philanthropic contributions throughout the osteopathic profession. The William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship Fund has grown since its inception and now recognizes multiple minority osteopathic medical students annually who are committed to osteopathic principals and practice, excel academically, and have proven to be leaders in addressing educational, societal, and health needs of minorities.