Donation establishes first endowed scholarship at WesternU's College of Podiatric Medicine

By Jeff Malet, Writer/Photographer

POMONA, Calif. - 06/01/2010 -- Western University of Health Sciences' College of Podiatric Medicine received its first endowed scholarship commitment for the next generation of podiatrists.

OsteoMed L.P. has made the first of five installments that will total $20,000 to create the OsteoMed Endowed Scholarship. After the full amount is received, students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the College's annual Honors Day ceremony.

"One of OsteoMed's ongoing key initiatives is to support continuing medical education on many levels," said Toby Miles, Vice President of Marketing at OsteoMed. "With WesternU's new College of Podiatric Medicine in place, it's a great honor to give foundational support for the future leaders in podiatric medicine."

A committee of faculty at the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) will select a scholarship recipient in part based on students' written statement describing how they will contribute to the community after graduation or plan to have extracurricular involvement. Students also will be evaluated based on their first-year GPA, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 needed to qualify for a scholarship.

"We are grateful for the donation by OsteoMed to support podiatric medical education," said Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, College of Podiatric Medicine. "The scholarship will allow us to attract the best and brightest students who will be the next generation of academic leaders in our profession."

OsteoMed is a global small bone implant device company that has been in business for 20 years. It is one of the premier manufacturers of surgical devices and strongly supports podiatric medicine across the nation.


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