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The Osteopathic Foundation is committed to improving our Lakeshore community through health and wellness. These programs further that commitment.

Investing in Health

Our community grant program provides funding for lasting resources and programs that educate, equip, and inspire Muskegon-area residents to live healthier lives. Our grants have funded educational and safety campaigns, medical training equipment, essential specialty clinics, and much more. Applications are due by March 31.

Who May Apply

Requests for support are generally considered from applicants who have been designated as nonprofit, tax-exempt public charities as defined in Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation generally does not consider requests from private foundations, private operating foundations, and political organizations.

What the Foundation Generally Will Not Fund
  • Programs outside of Muskegon, Oceana, and northern Ottawa counties
  • Routine operating expenses including salaries
  • Motor vehicles
  • Religious programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious denominations
  • Existing obligations or debts/liabilities
  • Individuals (except for academic scholarships)
  • Grants for endowment
  • Grants to tax-supported institutions; however, municipalities may apply for a grant for a specific project
  • Grants to organizations which discriminate based on race, creed, or gender
  • Grants to conduct political activities, propaganda, influence elections, or to influence legislation

The Application Process

Foundation policy discourages unsolicited personal interviews with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, collectively or individually, either before or after the filing of an application. If a formal application needs clarification, the Grant & Scholarship Committee and/or the Board of Directors will request it either orally or in writing. If an applicant has questions regarding the application process, the applicant is requested to please contact the Foundation’s office.

Any discussions or indication of interest by the Foundation after submission of an application or on-site investigation will not be construed as a commitment by the Foundation in any way. Each application will be considered on its own merit and accepted or rejected only in writing. All applications are given thorough individual study by the Grant & Scholarship Committee and the Board of Directors. If held for further consideration, the program or project is usually investigated by an Officer or one or more Directors. A final decision is reached by discussion and a majority vote of the Board.

Decision Making Policy and Time Frame

The Osteopathic Foundation Grant & Scholarship Committee reviews grant applications on an annual basis and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, who is the decision-making body for issuing grants. Interested applicants must submit their complete applications by 5pm on March 31.

Grant Agreement

The Foundation will provide grantees with a Grant Agreement which must be accepted prior to release of the grant.

Resubmission of Applications

The Foundation’s funds will permit it to act favorably on only a small number of the proposals it receives. Consequently, a large number of worthwhile projects may be turned down. If application for the grant is denied, the applicant must wait one year before submitting a new application for the same or similar project.

Small Grants

The Foundation will accept small grant requests of less than $1,000, at any time during the year. Requests should be directed to the Foundation’s office in the form of a letter signed by the organization’s executive. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis and will be funded based on the scope and degree of impact on individuals within the Foundation’s geographical service area.

Guidelines
  • “Your support means the world to us!”

    Our team and the kids we serve are so grateful for you. Thank you for nourishing young bodies and minds!

    Kids Food Basket, 2016 Grant Recipient

A Clear Path for Future D.O.s

For high school students, becoming a doctor is a dream that can seem out of reach — especially if they are under-resourced or the first-generation to attend college. In partnership with Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU COM), we inspire and equip talented students to pursue healthcare careers and build a promising future for themselves.

West Michigan OsteoScholars and MSU’s OsteoCHAMPS programs combine to create a year-long experience for high school sophomores and juniors considering healthcare careers.  The capstone is an exclusive 9-day summer program on the campus of Michigan State University, with many area students receiving full scholarships from the Foundation.

West Michigan OsteoScholars:  College Preparation & Mentoring

During the academic year, students attend monthly programs hosted by Michigan State University’s Extension Services. These modules help students to improve their educational opportunities through skills-based volunteerism, scholarships and financial aid, interview skills, and more.  Through interaction with local D.O.s, students learn about medical specialties, how to navigate medical school and residency, and they even practice medical procedures at the Mercy Health Regional Simulation Lab. Parents/guardians and friends are welcome to attend. Click here to apply for the 2017-18 program; deadline is Tuesday, September 19.

OsteoCHAMPS:  MSU COM Summer Medical Program

High school sophomores and juniors may apply for OsteoCHAMPS, a capstone summer program hosted by Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Osteopathic Foundation is pleased to provide full scholarships to many area students each year.

Over the course of nine days, students experience life and learning on the University campus. The curriculum includes medical and life skills training with the goal of preparing students for a successful journey to and through medical school.  For many students, this is their first experience of university life.

OsteoCHAMPS was founded in 2000 by Margaret I. Aguwa, D.O., Professor and Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Clinical Research at MSU COM.  The Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan has been a key partner since the program’s inception.

In addition to providing full scholarships to attend the OsteoCHAMPS summer program at MSU, the Foundation also awards $500 college tuition scholarships to graduating high school seniors who fully participate in the West Michigan OsteoScholars and OsteoCHAMPS programs.

Osteopathic Medical Scholars:  A Pathway to Medical School at MSU COM

After OsteoCHAMPS, students who enroll at MSU have the option to participate in MSU’s Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program in which college students are paired with mentors and MSU COM advisors in preparation for medical school.  Qualified students may receive preferential admission to MSU COM upon graduation and may be permitted to waive the MCAT requirement.

By investing in local students, providing a path through medical school, and encouraging them to return to the Lakeshore to practice, we strengthen our osteopathic legacy and insure its future.

Apply to West Michigan OsteoScholars
  • “I can do this and succeed.”

    “I learned I’m stronger than I thought I was. I’m sure now that I really want to be a doctor — that I can do this and succeed.”
    Participant, OsteoCHAMPS 2014

  • “Your generosity has inspired me.”

    After graduating, I plan to pursue a degree in healthcare.  Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal.  Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.

    2016 OsteoCHAMPS Participant, Grand Haven High School

  • “This scholarship will help me continue my education.”

    I will be attending Michigan State in the Fall, majoring in Human Biology, and this scholarship will greatly help me continue my education. Thank you again for this opportunity.

    OsteoCHAMPS graduate, Muskegon High School

scholarships

Supporting Future D.O.s

Supporting future osteopathic physicians helps to ensure that our community will continue to have local access to a broad range of care. Scholarships are a practical and meaningful way to support West Michigan medical students who are pursuing training in osteopathic colleges and osteopathic residents who practice in the greater Muskegon area. The goal of the program is to encourage physicians to return to the area, build their practices, and contribute to the long-term health of our community.

Application Deadline: March 31

All scholarships are granted on an annual basis. Interested applicants must submit their completed applications to the Foundation by March 31.

Three Scholarship Types

Medical Education Scholarships will be considered for osteopathic medical students who graduated from high schools within the service area of the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan (Muskegon County, Oceana County, and northern Ottawa County) and who are students in good standing at medical schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Although not required, recipients are encouraged to return to practice osteopathic medicine in the area that the Foundation serves.  These awards are typically $1,000 each; students may apply each year of medical school.

The Dr. David A. Dora Medical Education Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Dr. Dora for his commitment of service to the community and his students. The $10,000 scholarship (payable in two $5,000 awards) is awarded to an outstanding third-year osteopathic medical student with Mercy Health Muskegon (MHM) as their base hospital and an intention to participate in the MHM residency program. Students should apply in the spring of their third year.  Please see the Scholarship FAQ for important criteria and alternate means of qualification.

Resident Retention Scholarships are available for osteopathic residents graduating MHM’s residency program who have formally committed to practice in the Lakeshore area.  Please click here for an application and see our FAQ for additional information.

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for scholarship criteria, decision-making process, allowed uses of funds, and other helpful information.

Please note that all decisions to award (or not award) scholarships are at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

FAQ
  • “It came at a very good time.”

    “The scholarship was so important that it crossed my mind it might be divine intervention! I had no money, so it helped me get through some hard times in medical school. It covered the essentials like rent and food. It came at a very good time.”
    Dr. James Starr, Jr.

     

  • “This scholarship will help me continue my education.”

    I will be attending Michigan State in the Fall, majoring in Human Biology, and this scholarship will greatly help me continue my education. Thank you again for this opportunity.

    OsteoCHAMPS graduate, Muskegon High School