Applications for 2017 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship due March 1

The Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the availability of the Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship for surgeons who serve small communities. The Oweida Scholarship provides up to three awards of $5,000 each to subsidize the participation of a Fellow or Associate Fellow serving a small community at the ACS Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA; alternatively, applicants may propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon. Applications are due to the ACS Scholarship Administrator no later than March 1, 2017.


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
  • Is serving a small town or rural community in the U.S. or Canada


Awardees may use their award stipend to do one of following:

  • Attend the ACS Clinical Congress
  • Execute a well-defined proposal for travel or research to improve a rural surgeon’s performance

Financial support

Successful applicants will receive the sum of $5,000, to be used to defray expenses for attendance at the ACS 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 the applications received. Applicants must submit a single PDF document with the following items, in this order:

  • A one- to two-page essay discussing the following specific topics:
    • The opportunity for which the applicant is applying (Clinical Congress, or a personal training or research project)
    • The applicant’s reasons for submitting an application
    • The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship
    • The applicant’s current practice in a rural or small community.
  • A copy of the applicant’s current curriculum vitae, no more than 10 pages in length

Scholars and alternates will be selected and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by May 1, 2017.

The Oweida Scholars must attend the meeting or pursue their project in the year for which the scholarship is designated; the award may not 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, 2018.

Submit applications for this scholarship via e-mail to Direct questions to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at or 312-202-5281, or visit the ACS website.

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