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

Our community grant program provides funding for lasting resources and programs that educate, equip, and inspire Muskegon-area residents to live healthier lives.

Since 1998, we have provided more than $3,750,000 in health and wellness grants to benefit the Muskegon-Lakeshore Community.


Our grants have funded essential specialty clinics, educational and safety campaigns, medical training equipment, and much more.

We accept grant requests from nonprofit, tax-exempt public charities that serve Muskegon County, Oceana County, Newaygo County, and northern Ottawa County.  Grants must meet critical health and wellness needs within this service area.

Annual Grants

Our annual grant process takes place in the spring, with applications being accepted March 1st through April 30th.  Typical grants range from $2,000 to $15,000.  For larger projects, multi-year grant requests may be considered separately.

Small Grants*

For smaller needs, we fund mini grants up to $1,000. These grants may be available at any time during the year if they are urgent, and after June 1 of each year if they are not time sensitive. Requests should be directed to the Foundation’s office in the form of a letter signed by the organization’s executive and submitted by mail or email ([email protected]). The letter should include contact email and phone, a description of the need, the total project cost, and specific uses of the funds requested. 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.

What the Foundation Generally Will Not Fund

  • Programs outside of Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, 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

Click the button below for complete grant guidelines, restrictions, and application instructions.

Grant Application & 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

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 of all backgrounds to pursue healthcare careers and build a promising future for themselves.

A Clear Path for Future D.O.s

West Michigan OsteoScholars and MSU’s OsteoCHAMPS programs combine to create a unique experience for high school students 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.

Step 1: West Michigan OsteoScholars:  College Preparation & Mentoring

During the academic year, students attend monthly programs hosted by the Foundation and 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 have even practiced medical procedures at the Mercy Health Regional Simulation Lab. Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The program is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, and northern Ottawa Counties.  Apply online for the 2022-2023 OsteoScholars  here. Applications and required attachments – unofficial transcript, personal statement and list of experiences and extracurricular activities will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 31, 2022 or until the program is full.  Apply early for the best opportunity.

RETURNING Students:   Submit application and required attachment (unofficial transcript only) here.

Step 2: OsteoCHAMPS:  MSU COM Summer Mini-Medical School 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 students each year who have successfully completed the OsteoScholars program.

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 select participants.

Step 3: Osteopathic Medical Scholars:  A Pathway to Medical School at MSU COM

Students who enroll at MSU for undergraduate education have the option to apply for 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 ensure its future.

Addtional OsteoScholars Information
  • “OsteoCHAMPS … made things seem realistic and achievable.”

    “I am even more passionate about pursuing a career as a DO”
    Participant, OsteoCHAMPS 2021

  • “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


The Western Michigan Osteopathic Association (WMOA) invites local physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to join our WMOA family.

We are your local access to continuing education, news of federal and state laws’ impact on your practice, and the meeting place of your Osteopathic colleagues and mid-level providers who practice in West Michigan.

We encourage you to attend both our CME and non-CME meetings to get to know the people that make up our organization. You will be greeted warmly, and it will be a great opportunity for those “informal consults” that improve the care of our patients. We are at your service to assist you in your successful career in our community.

Prospective members are welcome to attend one dinner meeting with our compliments. Please RSVP. We would love to welcome you!


Our members meet monthly (except for July and August) and we host Spring and Fall Conferences. AOA Category 1-A CME credits are available at the conferences and select dinners. Annual dues of $250 (just $200 if paid by April 15) includes dinners, lectures, and available CME credit at monthly meetings as well as discounted registration fees for the Spring and Fall conferences.

Visit for upcoming events, membership application, membership renewal form, and more. Contact [email protected] with questions, or to register to attend a dinner meeting.

Visit the WMOA Website


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: April 30

All scholarships are granted on an annual basis. Interested applicants must submit their completed applications to the Foundation by April 30.

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, Newaygo 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.

  • “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