The Karen J. Nichols, DO LEAD Scholar award will be presented to an Osteopathic medical student whose Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Dedication are proven in the classroom and community.

This award supports, honors, and encourages Osteopathic medical students who show promise and exhibit the foundational leadership skills that will serve them and their communities now and in the future.

Effective leaders start as student leaders and as they continue to learn and grow, they too will make a difference and pay it forward.


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This award was established to honor Karen J. Nichols, DO, former president of the American Osteopathic Association and its first female president, an accomplished educator and someone who has served in multiple leadership positions for the Osteopathic profession, including six years as a board member for the American Osteopathic Foundation.