Kansas Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Kansas Board of Regents

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Up to 32 awards offered annually, as funding permits.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a Kansas resident.
  3. Must plan to practice primary care medicine (general internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatric medicine, or emergency medicine). Students may attend any accredited osteopathic school in the United States.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  5. Must plan to enroll or be enrolled in an eligible medical school program.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Kansas residents who plan to attend a nationally accredited osteopathic school full time are eligible for this award. After graduation, students must practice primary care medicine in any Kansas county, except Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte; if the student does not fulfill the service obligation, the scholarship must be repaid with interest.

Application requirements for the Kansas Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Recent tax return
Additional Information: In 1975 the State of Kansas enacted Legislation, and amended it in 2001, providing the Kansas Board of Regents with the authority to grant scholarships to individuals pursuing a medical career in osteopathy. The Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship is designed to encourage doctors to practice primary care medicine in areas of Kansas where there is an insufficiency of medical care providers Recipients must sign an agreement and promissory note, which includes the promise to repay the Kansas Board of Regents the cumulative award amount plus accrued interest from the date such money was received at a rate which is equivalent to the interest rate applicable to loans made under the federal PLUS program at the time such person first entered into an agreement plus five percentage points and any collection costs in the event service is not rendered. Each recipient can discharge fully his/her obligation to the Kansas Board of Regents by practicing primary care medicine full time or half time in Kansas excluding Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties or through at least half-time employment at a state medical care facility or institution. Each year of scholarship support obligates the recipient to one year of service. Practice must begin within six months after licensure or within six months after completion of an approved postgraduate residency training program and licensure, whichever is later. The criterion to be used by the Kansas Board of Regents in selecting recipients includes Kansas resident status, financial need as measured by the federal formula defined in U.S. Public Law 102-325, and the likelihood of primary care medical practice in an underserved area of Kansas. In making this selection, emphasis will be placed upon the applicant's statement outlining his/her past and present commitment to medical care or employment in Kansas including volunteer or paid health care efforts.

Award Amount: Up to $25,000 annually, renewable for three additional years or until the degree is conferred, whichever occurs first. Scholarship awards are dependent upon state appropriations.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $100,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in February for a refreshed application deadline date. Applications are available from the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) website. In addition to the completed application, each student must submit a one-page statement of purpose outlining his/her understanding of the purpose of the scholarship and his/her commitment to practice primary care medicine in an area of the state designated as medically underserved; and a copy of his/her most recent federal income tax return. The student will be notified if his/her spouse's or parents' tax returns are also required. Students must also file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by May 1. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. The student will be required to provide a signed copy of his/her SAR (Student Aid Report), which is generated after filing the FAFSA, with his/her application. For priority consideration, scholarship applications and required materials must be submitted by the deadline date.
About Kansas Board of Regents:
Contact Information: Bob Williams, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine
Address: 1260 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Topeka, Kansas 66612-1889

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