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 and 2015 Oweida Scholar Dr. Alex Poole's report.
This program provides up to three
awards of $5,000 each to subsidize
the participation of a Fellow or
Associate Fellow serving a small
community. Awardees will either
attend Clinical Congress 2017, in San
Diego, CA, or may propose a plan
for additional training or research
appropriate to a rural surgeon.
The Oweida Scholarship is
available to an ACS member in
any surgical specialty who meets
the following requirements:
- Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow
under age 55 on the date the
application is filed, and is
serving a small town or rural
community in the U.S. or Canada
Awardees may use their
award stipend to either:
- Attend the Clinical Congress or
- Execute a well-defined proposal
for travel or research to
improve his or her performance
as a rural surgeon
Successful applicants will receive the sum of $5,000,
to be used to defray expenses for attendance at the
Clinical Congress or for the approved training or
research opportunity. Cost categories include travel
expenses, lodging and per diem, registration, and
course fees. Scholars will make their own travel
The Executive Committee of the Board of
Governors will select awardees following review
and evaluation of applications received.
Applicants must submit a single PDF document
consisting of the following items, in this order:
- A one- to two-page essay discussing
the following specific topics:
- Which opportunity the applicant is
applying for (Clinical Congress or a
personal training or research project)
- The applicant’s reasons for
submitting an application
- Why the applicant feels that he or she
is qualified to receive the scholarship
- A copy of the applicant’s current
curriculum vitae no more than 10 pages
Applications are due to the
ACS Scholarship Administrator
no later than March 1, 2017.
Scholars and alternates
will be selected and all
applicants will be notified of
the outcome of the selection
process by May 1, 2017.
Questions can be directed to
the ACS Scholarships
Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-202-5281.
The Oweida Scholars must
attend the meeting or pursue
their project in the year
for which the scholarship
is designated; the award
cannot be postponed.
Oweida Scholars will provide a
narrative and financial report
of their experiences at the
conclusion of their awarded
activity. These final reports
are due by March 1, 2018.
Please send applications for this
scholarship via e-mail to email@example.com.