The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) recently awarded Kiefer Starks, OMS-II, with a Welch Scholars Grant for the 2019-20 academic school year.
As a member of ICOM’s inaugural class, I am humbled, grateful and proud to be the recipient of the 2019 AOF Welch Scholar Grant,” Starks said. “This support will lessen the burden of graduate student loans in my journey to becoming the most competent, professional osteopathic physician that I can be.”
AOF’s Welch Scholars Grant was established to provide monetary support to help defer costs during a student’s osteopathic medical education. Students were selected based on their financial need, academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and commitment to osteopathic medicine.
The grant was established in 200 to provide monetary aid to students in need at each college of osteopathic medicine. In October 2002, the grant was renamed the Welch Scholars Grant in honor of Sterling Welch, DO, for his outstanding generosity to the AOF and his desire to support osteopathic medical students.