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ACS and EAST Health Policy Scholarship

The American College of Surgeons and EAST are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 2–8, 2019. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.

EAST funding for this scholarship has been made possible by a generous donation from the Dorothy K. Commanday Foundation and Edward Yelon.

Read the preliminary report from 2016 scholar Alexander L. Eastman.

About the Scholarship

General policies covering the granting of the scholarship are:

  • The award is open to surgeons who are active members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). Only individuals who are in the “Active” membership category of EAST with at least two years of membership are eligible to apply.
  • The award is to be used to support the recipient during the period of the scholarship. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
  • The Scholar is required to provide one year’s health policy-related assistance to the ACS and EAST, including attendance at a health policy meeting in Washington, DC. EAST asks the Scholar for his or her support in reviewing applications for next year’s Brandeis scholarship program.
  • Applications for this scholarship consist of the following items, submitted in this order as a single PDF:
    1. Cover sheet
      • Applicant name
      • Applicant’s preferred mailing address
      • Applicant’s e-mail
      • Name of scholarship: ACS/EAST Scholarship
    2. One-page essay discussing:
      • Why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship
      • How the scholarship will fill a gap in applicant’s training or experience
      • Goals or plans to use the newly acquired knowledge or skills in his or her practice or community
    3. Applicant’s current curriculum vitae (10 pages or fewer, please)
  • Application for this award may be submitted even if comparable application to other organizations has been made. If the recipient accepts a similar scholarship from another agency or organization, the scholarship will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the recipient to notify the Scholarships Section of ACS, which administers this award, of competing awards.
  • The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot be postponed.
  • A brief report of the Scholar’s experiences and activities is due at the conclusion of the course and of the scholarship period. A simple accounting is also required.

The closing date for receipt of applications is February 1, 2019. An awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of members of ACS and EAST. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by early April 2019.


Questions may be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281. For more information, visit the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Requirements for the ACS/EAST scholarship are here and on the EAST website.

2019 ACS/EAST Health Policy Scholarship Requirements

Please e-mail PDF applications for this scholarship to

American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3295