AOF/AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Scholar

Deadline: The 2020 application cycle opens soon.


Students are the leaders of the future.  Top leaders motivate and move people and organizations from where they are to where they need to be.

The AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Scholar honors and recognizes an osteopathic medical student who is committed to the principles of osteopathic medicine and who has made great strides toward becoming one of the top student leaders. This individual has been instrumental in motivating people and takes conscious, well calculated steps to develop themselves and their followers.
The recipient of this $7,500 award must be a current member of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) who has successfully completed his/her first-year of studies in an osteopathic medical school prior to the fall of 2020.


  • Must be an OMS II, OMS III or OMS IV enrolled at a COCA-Accredited College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM) during the fall of 2020
  • A current member of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)


Nominees shall meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the osteopathic profession
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated use of these skills
  • Noteworthy accomplishments, awards and honors, special projects and extracurricular activities that demonstrate the nominees ability to be a leader
  • Be an active member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)


Nomination Requirements

  • A completed nomination form - self nominations not accepted
  • One (1) Letter of recommendation from the nominator
  • A personal statement from the nominee
  • Official medical school academic transcript (unofficial transcripts will not be accepted)
  • Nominee’s current resume or Curriculum Vitae (should include all current memberships, osteopathic or other)
  • A letter from the Dean or his/her designee as an official document
  • One (1) additional letter of recommendation
  • Proof of current SOMA membership


Established to honor the Past Presidents of the American Osteopathic Association for their leadership and lifetime commitment to the osteopathic profession.