AZCOM, CCOM Establish New Minority Scholarship Funds

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September 29, 2020 | Midwestern University

The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University have announced the establishment of new scholarship funds intended to foster student body diversity and extend opportunities for healthcare students from underrepresented minority groups.

The new Mary E. Cranker CCOM Minority Scholarship Fund and the Edna Dunning AZCOM Minority Scholarship Fund apply to incoming first-year osteopathic medical students belonging to minority groups as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including American Indian and Alaska Native communities, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. The scholarship funds will be awarded competitively to eligible students based on past academic performance; commitment to diversity, leadership, and community service; and demonstrated financial need, with consideration to applicants who are first-generation college students.

“A critical pillar of the vision of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine is a commitment to diversity. Our mission to educate osteopathic physicians to provide compassionate quality care is enriched by the diversity of our students,” said Thomas Boyle, D.O., Dean, CCOM. “The Mary E. Cranker Student Scholarship Fund will assist in our recruitment of a diverse population of students to care for patients well into the future.”

“This scholarship fund is an important step in our ongoing pursuit of creating a vibrant and diverse student body,” said Lori Kemper, D.O., Dean, AZCOM. “These funds provide a stepping stone to healthcare careers for deserving minority students, as well as an investment in the health and well-being of their communities when they eventually begin practice.”

Details about the application process and eligibility requirements will be available on Midwestern University’s Financial Aid website at: