Information for Applicants
Who We Are:
The mission of the Maine Osteopathic Association is to serve the osteopathic profession in the state of Maine through a coordinated effort of professional education, professional advocacy, and member services in order to ensure the quality of osteopathic care to the people of this state. The MOA has over 400 physician members and all students of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine receive a FREE MOA membership during their medical training.
The Maine Osteopathic Association awards two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each year to students attending accredited and AOA approved colleges of osteopathic medicine. The deadline for applications for scholarship support is June 30th of each year. Scholarships are available only to Maine residents. Maine residence is defined as legal residence in the State of Maine for a minimum of three (3) years prior to first application for scholarship support (must provide proof). Residence in Maine for the sole purpose of post-secondary education is not considered evidence of Maine residence for the purposes of these scholarships. An applicant who is a graduate of a public or private secondary school in Maine is considered eligible regardless of whether or not the applicant has resided elsewhere in the interim between graduation and application. The Maine Osteopathic Association reserves the right to require evidence of legal residence and to interpret the residence status of any application in the spirit of the Association's intent to provide support to "Maine students".
The Maine Osteopathic Association Scholarship: Two awards of $1,000 each will be awarded to the successful applicant who is a resident of Maine and able to present proof of enrollment at an approved osteopathic college. Students are eligible only if they can provide acceptable evidence of legal residence in the state of Maine for a period of not less than three years prior to their first application. Residence in Maine for the purpose of post-secondary education only is not considered evidence of Maine residency for this program. Preference is given to applicants who evidence an interest in returning to Maine to practice primary care.
Applications may be obtained from and returned to:
Maine Osteopathic Association
PO Box 315, Manchester, ME 04351
(207) 623-1101 Fax: (207) 623-4228
Meet 2018 MOA Scholarship Recipient Lisa Rachel Smith, OMS IV!
Name: Lisa Rachel Smith
Hometown: Caribou, ME
Current Osteopathic Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Doctor Smith grew up in Maine and sees herself returning to serve as a rural family physician. Ideally, she hopes to provide integrative health care with a special emphasis on Geriatric and Palliative medicine. She also aspires to serve as an advocate in Public Health Education and Health Policy in the fields of Rural, Geriatric and End of life care.
As a former educator (Ms. Smith holds a Master's degree in Teaching from the University of Louisville), prevention and community health education are paramount to her philosophy of care. Before entering medical school, Lisa Smith taught disadvantaged urban youth in Louisville, KY and then returned to Maine where she served as a science and English teacher for middle school, high school, and adult education. Additionally, she served as the Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics summer camps and the CEO/President of the School's Foundation. Ms. Smith sees many opportunities to integrate community health education into medical practice and has continued to devoted herself community service and leadership opportunities at WCSOM.
Through her involvement with the Alzheimer's Association and volunteering at a local assisted living home, Ms. Smith says she has come to enjoy working with older patients. Of the experience she says: "I enjoy the life-stories that Geriatric patients share and feel this is a particularly vulnerable and overlooked population. This is a critical time in people's lives with many stresses and obstacles often financially, mentally and physically. It's a time when having a trusted and empathic primary care provider can make a huge difference in quality of life." Ms. Smith says she looks forward to joining Maine's health care team!
The MOA was pleased to offer a 2018 scholarship to Lisa Rachel Smith, OMS IV and wishes her luck in her studies in WVSOM!
Meet MOA Scholarship Recipient Lucy Algeo, OMS-I!
Name: Lucy Algeo
Hometown: Raymond, Maine (now resides in Portland, ME)
Current Osteopathic Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
About Lucy: Student Doctor Algeo was born and raised in Maine. She graduated from Windham High School in 2012 and attended the University of Maine as an undergraduate. Her experience with Medical Outreach Maine, a volunteer program at University of Maine, allowed her to tour Waldo County’s healthcare facilities, one of the poorest counties in Maine. Here she learned the importance of preventative care in rural communities.
Lucy also volunteered with MMC’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and has come to understand the hurdles Maine’s aging population faces. She says that the most meaningful activities during her volunteer work have involved initiating conversations with patients. She learned that simply asking “How long have you lived in Maine,” lifted the spirits of patients and eased their minds of the stresses of hospital settings. Lucy also noted in her role as a medical scribe for a Family Medicine Practice in South Portland, that primary care relies on more than just efficient diagnosis and treatment. Family physicians take the time to get to know their patient’s history, lifestyles, and family dynamics to better treat their physical and mental ailments.
She states that “Osteopathic medicine, with its emphasis on preventative care and holistic diagnosis and treatment, is the model upon which I want to build my career.”
The MOA was pleased to offer a 2018 scholarship to Lucy Algeo, OMS I and wishes her luck in her studies at UNE COM!
Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program
The MOA also supports the Doctor’s for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program on an annual basis. This program is a tuition subsidy for eligible students who enroll in a qualifying Maine-based medical school program.Any Maine resident who will enroll in a participating institution. Criteria is established by each participating medical school and will include, at a minimum, the following:
- The student is or will be enrolled in a qualifying Maine-based medical school program;
- The student has a substantial connection to the State of Maine as evidenced by factors such as prior education in Maine and parent/legal guardianship residence in Maine;
- The student has at least one year of residence in Maine for purposes other than education.
Students must contact their medical school directly to apply and each school determines the deadline at their institution. You may be awarded up to 50% of the institution’s cost of attendance or $25,000 annually, whichever is less. Currently, the Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program (MMC-TUSM) and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
For more information: Call the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) at 207-623-3263.