2019 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarships available

The Scholarships Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the availability of the Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarships for surgeons who serve small communities. The Oweida Scholarships provide 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 2019 in San Francisco, CA; alternatively, applicants may propose a plan for additional training or research appropriate to a rural surgeon. Applications are due to the ACS Scholarships Administrator no later than March 1, 2019.


The Oweida Scholarships are available to an ACS member in any surgical specialty who meets the following requirements:

  • Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow younger than age 55 on the date the application is filed
  • Serves a small town or rural community in the U.S. or Canada


Awardees may use their award stipend to do one of the 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 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 must make their own travel arrangements.

Members of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery 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 attendance 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.

The Oweida Scholars must attend the meeting or pursue their research 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.

Submit applications for this scholarship via e-mail to scholarships@facs.org. Direct questions to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at scholarships@facs.org or 312-202-5281, or visit the Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship web page.

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