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. You can create a free account username and password to access all grant applications on our portal. NOTE: your College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) may have a designated representative in the Financial Aid 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 2018 application but it is prepopulated with 2017 information. Is this an error?
A: AOF applications prepopulate with 2017 data by default but can be updated to reflect 2018 information. Simply override the text fields and upload file boxes within the current application form.
Q: I am required to submit letters of recommendation, but when I click the “recommendation request” link I am taken to an error page. What do I do?
A: We apologize for the error. We are working with our site developer to fix the issue. If your application takes you to an error page, please request letters of recommendation via email and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I am required to upload an official transcript or confidential letters of recommendation. How do I do this through Wizehive?
A: To attach official, confidential documents to an application, please follow one of the following methods:
- Work with your COM representative to have them compile your materials and upload them into your application and submit it on your behalf;
- Request that your recommenders and Registrar’s Office email the AOF with their attached document(s) to the attention of Gina Gottlob at email@example.com. In the Subject line, please include the full name of the applicant and the name of the application
- Request that your recommenders and Registrar’s Office send by USPS mail their sealed documents to the American Osteopathic Foundation at 142 E. Ontario St. Ste. 1450, Chicago, IL 60611, RE: Applicant Full Name; Application Name.
NOTE: Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded directly through Wizehive and are now accepted by the AOF
Q: I am uploading documents via Wizehive and there isn’t enough space to upload all of my documents. 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 letters of recommendation and a statement of good standing from the Dean or his/her designee. Please separate these files and upload them into the separate file boxes. If you are still experiencing an issue, please request that your recommenders and/or Registrar’s Office email the AOF with their attached document(s) to the attention of Gina Gottlob at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please include the full name of the applicant and the name of the application.
Q: The grant or award I am applying for lists class ranking as an eligibility requirement but my COM 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. 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: I have a question about a grant or award application that isn’t covered in this FAQ. Who should I contact?
A: Please contact Gina Gottlob by email or phone at email@example.com or 312-202-8133. You may also submit your inquiry to the general AOF address at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 312-202-8234. Your inquiry will be answered typically within 48 hours of receipt.
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.