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The Denver Osteopathic Foundation scholarship program has been in place since 1993.  Prior to the opening of an osteopathic medical school in Colorado scholarships were awarded to 3 and 4 year medical students going to school outside Colorado.


Since the opening of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 the Foundation has offered scholarships exclusively to those students.  RVUCOM is a for-profit organization, unlike many of the other osteopathic medical schools around the country that are non-profit.


The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined each year by the board of directors.  The amount of each scholarship is also determined by the board each year.  Usually at its March/April Meeting.


Scholarships are offered to 3 and 4th year medical students.  The board also considers 2nd year students matriculating into 3rd year and graduating 4th year students.


DOF works with RVUCOM to follow scholarship recipients as they go through residency training after medical school.  It is our hope that they will become involved with DOF when they begin their medical careers. 


Offering Medical School scholarships to eligible and deserving students committed to osteopathic medicine supports our mission to advance postgraduate osteopathic medical education. Please note, the Scholarship Application is due March 15th. To review the Denver Osteopathic Foundation Scholarship guidelines and application procedures, please download the Scholarship Application.


Upon completion of the Scholarship Application, please submit to the Denver Osteopathic Foundation, 3801 E. Florida Ave., Suite 635, Denver, CO 80210


For questions regarding the Scholarship Application, please contact Julie Collett, Executive Director:


Phone: 303-996-1140



to our 2022 Scholarship Recipients! 

Thanks to the generous contributions of many, we are happy to award scholarships to these students from Rocky Vista University. If you are interested in applying or donating, please see the scholarship or donation pages for more info. 


Jacob Gerken

Jacob grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado and it is his intention to return to his hometown after graduation to deliver expert osteopathic care to the community that shaped him.  Jacob has participated in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track at RVU which has fostered his desire to practice in a rural, underserved community.

As a future osteopathic physician, Jacob wants to pursue a specialty that will allow him to handle a variety of pathologies and expertise in a rural setting.  He hopes to pursue the specialty of general surgery.  He believes general surgery it will let him effectively treat a wide spectrum of patients and help him to bridge the healthcare gap that exists between rural and urban settings.   


Mary Armbruster

Mary is a fifth generation Coloradan, who has a deep and personal connection and love for the state. Growing up in Boulder, Mary fell into the lifestyle of hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling and overall spending as much of her free time outside.  She as been able to incorporate her passion for medicine and her love for the outdoors as an adult.  After completing her Wilderness EMT license she worked as a trauma technician in the emergency department in Boulder before applying to medical school.

Through her experiences, both medical and nonmedical, she has developed a vision for her life that includes practicing emergency medicine in a Colorado community that values personal well-being, environmental stewardship and inclusivity.  It is Mary’s desire to become a physician who values her relationships with her patients and serves as a leader toward a healthier lifestyle. 


Adrianna Hammack

Adrianna sees herself practicing in either internal or family medicine while incorporating women’s health and OMT in rural Colorado.   Through her involvement with the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, Adrianna has been able to converse with physicians in rural areas and experience rural health firsthand. 

It’s because of these experiences with healthcare in the state that it is her desire to give back to small communities in Colorado.    Adrianna has started to understand the relationships that she wants to have with her future patients. It is her desire to have continuity of care and a practice that will allow her or provide individualized care.  She has thought about specialties that will allow her to provide the most benefit to patients living in rural Colorado and believe that will be either family or internal medicine.  

Her love for this state and her passion to help underserved communities is what made her decision to pursue a degree in medicine.



Meredith Ware

Throughout Meredith’s life she has always had a deep interest in women’s mental and physical health.  This interest has driven her to investigate various career paths in fields involving psychology, nutrition and medicine.  Over the last 10 years, she has sought out research opportunities in each of these fields to explore them further.  Currently she is in a research lab in the Department of Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Colorado that focuses on treating and preventing metabolic syndrome in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome. 

Meredith has learned that endocrinology involves a holistic approach to medicine, which intertwines her interests in lifestyle medicine and mental health.  She believes that endocrinology will be a wonderful field to incorporate osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).  She is excited to have OMT in her skillset so that she can provide hands-on treatment to her patients.   Meredith is currently considering residency programs in internal medicine/pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology with a potential subspecialty in endocrinology in either field.  

4th Year Medical Student Volunteer Award

This award was created by the board of directors in 2015 to support volunteerism among the osteopathic medical students.  The award is usually $1000 but the amount and the decision to give an award is at the discretion of the board members.


Past recipients have been students who volunteered frequently for the food fun fitness presentations at the elementary schools.  Although other volunteering is also considered.




Candice is not a Colorado Native, but after 12 years of living here, she has fallen in love with this beautiful state.  Candice attended CU Boulder for her Bachelor's Degree and then received her Masters Degree from Regis University. 


Candice will be moving to Norfolk, VA this summer where she will begin her residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter. 


After completing her residency, Candice plans on returning to Colorado and practice in a rural area where there is limited access to care.  

Candice Song


Jessi is a "Colorado-an" through and through.  She was born in Colorado Springs and attended CU Boulder where she earned her degree in education.  After graduating, Jessi taught elementary school for three years before starting medical school at RVU. 


Jessi will continue to pursue her passion for children as she begins her pediatric residency at University of Arizona's Diamond Children's Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.


It is Jessi's desire to return "home" after residency to be close to family and serve the Colorado community that means so much to her

Jessi McArthur

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