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Annual Family Medicine Resident Scholarships

Each year the Society awards several $1,000 scholarships to physicians in a family medicine residency in Missouri.

The scholarship was established to help identify and develop future leaders for osteopathic family medicine in Missouri.

Applications for 2021 must be submitted by October 15, 2020.



Donations to the
DiRenna Foundation for the Advancement of Osteopathic Family Medicine

The funds for the Resident Scholarships are in the DiRenna Foundation for the Advancement of Osteopathic Family Medicine.  Donations to the fund to help continue this important program are needed. All contributions to the DiRenna Fund, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible in the U.S. for computing income and estate taxes. All donors will receive a receipt of their donations in the mail or via e-mail for tax purposes. Our financial partner, Edward Jones, has the ability to write a life insurance policy where the DiRenna Fund can be the primary or contingent beneficiary. If you are interested in making a contribution to support the scholarships and other interests of the foundation, please click below.


2020 Resident Scholarship Recipients

Christopher Koehn, D.O.
TMC Lakewood Family Medicine Residency
Kansas City, MO
 Karissa Merritt, D.O.
CoxHealth Family Medicine Residency
Springfield, MO

Resident Scholarship Criteria

  1. Be a graduate of an osteopathic medical college or university;
  2. Be in a family medicine residency program in Missouri;
  3. Be a second or third year resident;
  4. Be a Missouri resident and intend to practice in Missouri following residency;
  5. Be a member in good standing in the MSACOFP and ACOFP.  Be sure to check membership prior to application.  Membership applications may be submitted with scholarship application.
  6. Have demonstrated leadership skills in osteopathic medical school and/or in the residency program;
  7. Have a letter of reference from the residency director and a member osteopathic family physician;
  8. Submit a letter outlining your commitment to family practice in the State of Missouri.
  9. Serve and participate on the MSACOFP Convention and Education Committee for one year following receipt of this scholarship.
  10. Willingness and ability to attend the Winter Family Medicine Update in Independence, Missouri on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 24 - 26, 2020.  Attendance is required at, but not limited to, the award presentation, Membership Meeting, and Social Hour.

The Award

  1. The scholarship includes a cash prize of $1,000. 
  2. Pays for expenses including mileage, lodging for one room for three nights. registration to attend the presentation and other events.  Attendance at the entire seminar is also welcomed and encouraged. The winner may also bring a guest at no charge.

Application and Selection Process

  1. Complete the application in full and submit all the required letters of reference. Applications may be submitted by the post graduate program directors of family medicine residency programs or residents themselves are also invited to submit an application.
  2. The application deadline is October 15.
  3. Include a personal letter outlining your commitment to family medicine in the State of Missouri.  Be sure to address what leadership qualities you have demonstrated during your training program and why you believe you are a good scholarship candidate. 
  4. The Foundation Board of Directors will review and select the scholarship recipients.  You will be notified of their selection by December 1.

Four Ways to Apply

Online - Complete the form at the bottom of this page by October 15. NOTE: If you apply online, please submit your letter(s) of reference separately.  In addition, your program director must sign THIS FORM giving you permission to attend the two events indicated above.

Mail - Download and print the Resident Scholarship Application. Mail with all attachments to:

DiRenna Foundation
ATTN: Resident Scholarships
PO Box 105077
Jefferson City, MO 65110

Email - Send all necessary documents to



Family Medicine Resident Scholarship Application:

To apply for one of our Resident Scholarships, please complete and submit the information below.  Be sure to send all required attachments.