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Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship

The Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons 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.


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 2019, in San Francisco, CA, or may propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon.

Basic Requirements

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

Financial Support

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 arrangements.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors will select awardees following review and evaluation of applications received.

Application Instructions

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
    • Why the applicant characterizes his or her practice as serving a small community
  • A copy of the applicant’s current curriculum vitae no more than 10 pages in length

Applications are due to the ACS Scholarship Administrator no later than April 1, 2019. Scholars and alternates will be selected and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by May 1, 2019.

Questions can be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 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, 2020.

Please send applications for this scholarship via e-mail to

2019 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship Requirements

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