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Our goal at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation is to grow an endowment large enough to provide financial assistance to every WVSOM student. This will help us ensure that our school continues to be a leader of excellence in medical education.
WVSOM Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund
Launched in 2018, our Legacy Scholarship fund is our primary donation effort designed to help us achieve our goal of providing every student with some level of financial support. Learn more about the impact you can make by giving to this important fund here.
This scholarship fund is part of the West Virginia Emulation Endowment Trust. The Trust was created in 1969 by the Foundation and consists of 15 separate scholarship funds that provide need-based scholarship support at various colleges and universities. Each scholarship fund is named after someone their board felt we should all try to emulate -hence the name "Emulation" Endowment Trust. The WVSOM scholarship fund was established in 2016 and named after Dr. Olen E. Jones, Jr. As many of you know, Dr. Jones served as the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine from 1987 until 2009 and is credited with guiding the institution to unprecedented success.
This fund will provide for an award to be given annually to a 3rd or 4th year student who intends to practice Emergency Medicine. This award is established by Brant Hinchman, D.O., WVSOM Class of 2012, and shall be given in honor of his father, David Hinchman, D.O., WVSOM Class of 1982.
This scholarship was established by her four children in 2020 to honor a brilliant woman who, against all odds, became a physician at the age of 50 (WVSOM Class of 1993). She helped hundreds of patients in her 20 years as an Internist; her hope was that others could do the same.
Presented based on these criteria: must be a graduating fourth-year student from WVSOM, must be committed to a residency program in West Virginia, and the scholarship committee may use additional criteria at its discretion in determining the award recipient.
Scholarship given to a 1st year student based on scholarship, Osteopathic professional interest, leadership in the class and the school, citizenship, friendliness, cooperation and demonstrates desire to help his fellow students. Voted on by 1st year students and top candidates are sent to Faculty to vote on final recipient.
Presented to a second-year full-time student who has a GPA of no less than 90% with a demonstrated proficiency in manual medicine and significant knowledge of anatomy.
This award may be given to a qualified student in any year of medical school based on these criteria: student intends to practice medicine in an underprivileged and medically underserved community (rural or urban); exhibits strong academic performance (must rank in upper 25% of class); exhibits financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office); is from a rural background; had a main undergraduate focus in chemistry or psychology; and is an active member of the Atlas Club.
Established by the Class of 1997 to honor the life of a colleague in medicine and loving friend of many in her community, this scholarship is awarded to a first-year student, chosen by his/her peers, who has overcome challenges to pursue medical studies at WVSOM.
Scholarship give to the 1st year student who has demonstrated financial need and is in the upper 75% of his/her class. Student must have chosen WVSOM because of the school’s commitment to outstanding family practice medicine.
Presented to a graduating student who is in the top 10% of his/her class, has served his/her community in various ways and has written a compelling essay about his/her desire to serve the profession of Osteopathic Medicine.
Established by Deena Obrokta, D.O., Class of 1994, to honor her granddaughter, this award recognizes a WVSOM graduate who plans to pursue a practice in pediatric medicine.
Awarded as financial aid to a graduating student whose intention is to advance the institution in significant and meaningful ways.
Recipient plans to practice in West Virginia using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as part of his/her daily treatment of patients as well as instill the importance of OP&P in the next generation of WVSOM students.
Recipient will be a first-year student from one of the following high schools: Big Creek, Iaeger, Mount View, Princeton or Bluefield in West Virginia or Graham, Tazewell, Richlands or Pocahontas in Virginia.
Presented to a third-year student from Barbour, McDowell, Taylor, Preston or Harrison Counties in West Virginia who intends to remain in West Virginia to practice primary care. The award recognizes students who represent the character and qualities that Samantha embodied, including compassion, a solid work ethic and dedication to community service.