POMAF Scholarships

Interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Funds are made available through the POMA Foundation and are granted once a year.  Scholarship Applications for 2021-2022 will open October 1, 2021. Please contact Tammy Keller, POMA Governance Specialist, for more information - (717) 939-9318 x130 or email [email protected]. (pdf)



Spirit of Volunteerism
This scholarship is intended to affirm and recognize the efforts of osteopathic students and/or residents who have donated their time and effort as a medical volunteer beyond that which is usually accomplished as a medical student or resident.

Michael F. Avallone, Sr., DO Scholarship for Outstanding Advocacy
This scholarship is designed to affirm the recipient’s participation in a variety of Osteopathic Organizations on a national, and state level by their leadership and commitment to those organizations.

A.T. Still, DO Osteopathic Skills and Knowledge
This scholarship is meant to honor a student or resident that exemplifies a superior knowledge and interest in Osteopathic Manipulation, the theories that govern it, and the will to preserve the tenants of osteopathic medicine.

Diversity in Health Outreach
Effective medical education incorporates a global and multicultural perspective as populations become increasingly diverse. This scholarship is designed to honor a student or resident that has done exceptional outreach to populations that are considered to have significant health disparities due to race, gender, sexual orientation or economic status.


POMAF Merit Scholarship
This scholarship for medical students is designed to help defray the cost of medical school and personal financial hardships.

Promoting Health through Original Projects
This scholarship is intended to honor a student that has designed and implemented a project to promote a health initiative either through education of a group or through a unique idea.

Alfred A. Grilli, DO Scholarship
Created to honor a distinguished member of POMA who served in a number of key leadership roles, the scholarships are available to individuals who resided in Western Pennsylvania prior to entering an AOA approved College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Scholarship Qualifications:
  • Must be a citizen of Pennsylvania and a member of POMA.
  • Must be enrolled as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th-year osteopathic medical student or a resident at a Pennsylvania affiliated residency program with Osteopathic educators.


  • A completed application.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words as to why you feel you are the best candidate for the scholarship you are applying for. This essay is extremely important.
  • A copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation: One to two of which may be from a faculty member of your medical school, a letter from your Program Director is also acceptable.
  • ALL applications must be in by the deadline of January 15th, 2022.  Announcements will be made in March.

2020/2021 Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation  Resident / Student Scholarships recipients:

Spirit of Volunteerism
Adam Burke, OMSIII - LECOM at Seton Hill
Briana Krewson, OMSII - PCOM
Emily Scharf, OMSIII - PCOM

Michael F. Avallone, Sr., DO Scholarship for Outstanding Advocacy
Holly Appleberry, DO, Neurology - Penn State Health Hershey

A.T. Still, DO Osteopathic Skills and Knowledge
Haylie Kromer, OMSIV - LECOM
Jalla Mustafa, DO, Internal Medicine - Millcreek Community Hospital
Peter Swain, OMSIII - LECOM at Seton Hill

Diversity in Health Outreach
Sandra Holmes, DO, Family Medicine - Clarion Hospital
Camila Meneses, OMSII - PCOM
Ashley Otto, OMSII - PCOM

Promoting Health through Original Advocacy
Megan Schlegelmilch, OMSIII - VCOM

Congratulations to all of the Scholarship winners!