Financial Aid - LECOM Scholarship Program

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has been building its scholarship program since its inception in 1992. The Scholarship Program was established from private donations and fundraising efforts of the college. The annual LECOM Auction is a major source of funding for the LECOM Scholarship Program. Individual donors, as well as local businesses and organizations have also established special awards and scholarships to be presented annually to matriculating and/or graduating students.

There are two basic types of scholarships currently available: Academic performance scholarships and financial need-based scholarships. The scholarships are available for students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Dental Medicine programs. Scholarships are awarded each academic year and are applied to tuition and fee charges. Recipients are selected from applicants who complete and submit an official scholarship application (unless otherwise noted), meet scholarship criteria and are recommended by the Scholarship Committee.

Currently enrolled students interested in applying for various scholarships must complete a separate scholarship application for academic scholarships and for the Financial Needs Scholarship. Students need to complete the LECOM Scholarship Application for academic scholarships (Academic Excellence, LECOM and Ambassador Scholarships). Students need to complete the Exceptional Financial Needs Scholarship Application for the Financial Needs Scholarship. Scholarship applications must include any supporting documentation required by the scholarship program. All scholarship applicants must attach a brief one-page essay describing his or her commitment to Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy or Dental Medicine and/or to LECOM and the community, as well as provide a list of his or her service and volunteer activities.  The deadline for applications is March 31, 2015

Click here to download the LECOM Scholarship Application (pdf).

Click here to download the Exceptional Financial Needs Scholarship Application (pdf).

As a reminder, total loan amounts borrowed and scholarships received from all sources cannot exceed the cost of education at LECOM. If students receive any additional awards (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) after his or her financial aid has been processed, the second disbursement of the loan(s) may need to be reduced to prevent a financial aid overaward.  However, you are not receiving less financial aid, you are borrowing less money.

The following information offers a brief description of various awards and scholarships available for students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Dental Medicine programs.

Exceptional Financial Need Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to medical, pharmacy and dental students who have exceptional financial need, which is based on the federal need analysis performed on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and completion of the LECOM financial needs statement. Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition and fees. Recipients must be making satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Excellence Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to medical, pharmacy and dental students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or above, demonstrate a commitment to LECOM, the osteopathic profession, the pharmacy profession or the dental profession and service to the community. Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition and fees.

LECOM Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and/or teamwork abilities and provide service to a student club or organization. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition and fees.

LECOM Ambassadors Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to students who serve as LECOM Ambassadors, or medical students who are members of Sigma Sigma Phi who serve as LECOM Ambassadors. Ambassadors will be selected for a scholarship based on their exceptional commitment to the Ambassador Program and their academic performance. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition and fees.

The Orris C. Hirtzel and Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel Memorial Foundation Scholarship
The scholarship is applicable only to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. The Orris C. Hirtzel and Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel Memorial Foundation Scholarship and Merit Awards are presented annually at the end of each academic year. The scholarship and merit awards are presented to the student in each class with the highest academic standing at the end of each of the four years of study. The scholarship is divided into two categories: a $500 merit award and a $4,500 need based award. The Hirtzel Foundation Scholarships are awarded by the college at the end of each academic year.