Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship

$5,000Award Amount
5Number of Awards
7/29/2023Submission Deadline

The Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship is named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein. The program has benefited students since 2012. From the first endowment, AACOM continued to sponsor the initiative, which has steadily grown and has many more applicants and scholarships being offered each year.

The scholarship clearly has a population approach that prioritizes students belonging to one of the following communities: African American, Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian, mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic American. If the applicant does not meet this criteria, they will not be eligible.

Each student who wins the scholarship will receive a grant of $1,000. The scholarship is only awarded once to the winners; they cannot be candidates again once they have previously received the prize.

Key Information of Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

Osteopathic Medicine

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

AACOM Member Colleges

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship Timeline

May 15, 2023

Application Opening Date

As of this date, those interested can start their application.

July 2023


The latest an applicant can submit the online application.

September 2023


Candidates will be notified about scholarship decisions.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: All
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Alaskan Native, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Native North American, Puerto Rican

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay

How to ace the Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship


Apply to the approved colleges early

Upon being selected and receiving the scholarship, students must submit a letter of acceptance from an AACOM member institution. Therefore, before applying, check the dates of the universities or colleges that interest you and start the admission process.


Show your activism

One of the characteristics that the juries will take into account when choosing the candidates is their participation in activities and events of underrepresented minorities. So if you are an activist in your community, it is time to show it and be proud.


Answer all questions

For the application, the organization has determined a certain number of questions for applicants to respond to and you must answer all of them.


Follow the instructions

For the writing of the essay, you must take into account the word limits. For the first two questions, you can write a maximum of 2,000 words. For the last one, you have the opportunity to express your opinions in 4,000 words.

How the Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship is Judged

In addition to the criterion of belonging to one of the minority communities mentioned, applications will be judged through the writing of an essay. To be a suitable application, it must be well written, have innovative ideas, demonstrate the leadership qualities of the student, argue with good arguments the proposals, and answer all the questions suggested by the organization.

Why We Love the Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship


Opportunities for all

The scholarship helps first-year students as well as experienced students. This increases the number of students that can benefit from the award.


Scholarship gives importance to student’s ideas

The application process not only takes into account the academic status of the candidates but also offers the opportunity to meet them and be chosen thanks to the innovative ideas and commitment to the profession that they reflect in their essays.


The focus on minorities

Historically, minority communities have been less favored in terms of education. This scholarship aims to generate equal opportunities for young students.

5 Facts about the Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship


About Sherry R. Arnstein

The name of the scholarship honors a woman who, throughout her life, defended the rights of the marginalized.


An overall contribution

This scholarship seeks to train professionals in the field of osteopathy, which generates a collective benefit for U.S. society and the development of medicine.


The member institutions

​​There are more than 30 AACOM member colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students can choose the one that best suits their interests.


More than a scholarship

In addition to the scholarship, the organization sponsors other awards that highlight the work of outstanding professionals.


The medical community

Founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, AACOM educates 25% of all U.S. medical students.

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