Nichols LEAD Scholar Award
Effective leaders start as student leaders and as they continue to learn and grow, they too will make a difference and pay it forward.
The Nichols 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 recognizes, 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.
The recipient of this $1,000 award will be an outstanding osteopathic medical student leader who has completed his/her second-year of studies prior to the fall of 2015 and will still be enrolled as an osteopathic medical student during the fall of 2015.
This award was established to honor Karen J. Nichols, DO, former president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 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 (AOF) — Dr. Nichols leads by example and for this reason, it’s only fitting that this award was established and named after her.