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Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship

The Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announces the availability of a scholarship for surgeons serving small communities, the Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship of the American College of Surgeons.

Application is open for the Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship for small community and rural surgeons. For inspiration, read 2014 Oweida Scholar Dr. John McBee's report.


The Oweida Scholarship provides an award of $5,000 to subsidize the participation of a Fellow or Associate Fellow serving small communities in attendance at the annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Basic Requirements

The Oweida Scholarship is available to a member of the American College of Surgeons in any of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:

  • Serves a small town or rural community in the U.S. or Canada
  • Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow in good standing
  • Is under 55 years of age on the date the application is filed


The Oweida Scholar will attend the annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, which will be held in Washington, DC, October 16–20, 2016. He or she will also attend the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee and the rural surgeons forum, to meet with colleagues and to receive his or her check.

Financial Support

The successful applicant will receive the sum of $5,000 U.S. This amount is to be used to help defray travel expenses for the Clinical Congress, postgraduate course fees, hotel costs, and per diem expenses during the Clinical Congress. Preferential housing in a thrifty hotel near the Congress site will be made available to the scholar. The scholar will make his or her own travel arrangements.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors will select the scholar after review and evaluation of the applications.

Applicants for the Oweida Scholarship should submit a single PDF consisting of the following items in this order:

  • One copy of a one-page essay, discussing the following specific items:
    • Why the applicant wishes to receive the Oweida Scholarship
    • Why the applicant believes he or she is qualified to receive the scholarship
    • Why the applicant characterizes his or her practice as serving a small community
  • One copy of the applicant’s current curriculum vitae

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is December 15, 2015A scholar and an alternate will be selected, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by February 1, 2016.

Questions may be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281.

The Oweida Scholar must attend the full week of the Clinical Congress in the year for which it is designated; the award cannot be postponed. The Oweida Scholar will provide a brief report on his or her experiences at the Clinical Congress for possible future publication in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. A simple accounting for the award is also required. These items are due by December 1, 2016.

Please send applications for this scholarship to or:

American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211