Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’d like to apply for an AOF grant or scholarship. When I click the “apply now” button on the grant page, I can’t log in to Wizehive. What do I do?

A: Wizehive is a free online grant application portal. If you re a new user you can create a free account  to access all grant applications on our portal. NOTE:  your College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM) may have a designated representative in the Financial Aid Office or Student Services Department that already has account credentials for the AOF grant application portal, and can assist you with your grant application(s). Contact your school’s administrator to confirm.


Q: I have accessed Wizehive to submit a 2019 application but it is prepopulated with 2018 information. Is this an error?

A: AOF applications prepopulate with 2018 data by default but can be updated to reflect 2019 information. Simply override the text fields and upload file boxes within the current application form to provide your current information.


Q: I am required to upload letters of recommendation. How do I do this through Wizehive?

A: Letters of recommendation are requested directly through the Wizehive application portal:

  • Once you have completed the Application portion of the process, click "Save Draft" in order to move to the Recommendation portion of the process.  To enter in your Recommender's information, click the "Return to Menu" link (located at the top and bottom of the Application).  Then you will select  "Add or Edit Recommendation Requests" from the Main Menu.

  • Complete the information and click "Send". This will send a notification to the Recommender with a link for them to upload the file.

  • You will receive a notification email when the Recommender uploads their letter of recommendation, at which time, you will return to the Application and click the "Submit" button on the Application form to finalize your application.


Q: I am experiencing difficulty uploading supporting documentation. What do I do?

A: Each application is built to upload specific documents within a specific file box (e.g. Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation, etc.) Please make sure you are uploading a compatible document type (e.g. Word, PDF, .jpg) into the correct file box. This most often occurs with applications that require multiple, specific letters of recommendation. Please separate these files and upload them into their respective separate file boxes. If you are still experiencing an issue you can upload your document(s) into the AOF Dropbox  In the subject line please include the full name of the applicant, title of the application and title of the document being uploaded.


Q: The grant or award I am applying for lists class ranking as an eligibility requirement but my COM/SOM does not provide rankings. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes. The AOF understands different schools report the academic standing of their students differently. The AOF requires applicants to be currently enrolled and in good academic standing with their COM/SOM. The letter from the Dean or his/her designee must provide a statement of academic enrollment and good academic standing for the individual applicant, and this meets the listed eligibility requirement.


Q: Our students have expressed interest in applying for AOF grants or awards; however, eligibility states that they must attend a COCA-accredited college of medicine.  Will they be considered now that our school has retained provisional status?

A:  We are delighted your students are interested in the AOF grants and scholarships program.  COCA accreditation is currently one of the most prevalent eligibility standards. While the committee is in the process of reviewing criteria to better address the exponential growth in our industry, the current guidelines do not provide for provisional status at this time.


Q: I have a question about a grant or award application that isn’t covered in this FAQ. Who should I contact?

A: Please contact Leticia Terry, Director of Programs, Scholarships & Awards, at or 312-202-8231. You may also submit your inquiry to the general AOF address at or by calling 312-202-8234. Your inquiry will be answered within 48 hours of receipt.