Cameron University announces Kaiser Pre-Medical Studies Scholarship

Cameron University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Kaiser Pre-Medical Studies Scholarship, made possible through a donation by the George Kaiser Family Foundation in Tulsa. The scholarship is specifically designed for pre-medical students who are interested in community medicine.

“Cameron University is grateful to the Board of Trustees of the George Kaiser Family Foundation for this generous gift,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “The scholarship will provide critical financial support to Cameron students who intend to pursue medical degrees and will also serve to motivate those pre-medical students to devote their careers to community medicine.”

“We look forward to working with Cameron University and the OU School of Community Medicine,” says Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “The School of Community Medicine is designed to improve the health of Oklahomans in rural and urban communities across the state. This scholarship will help bring some of the best and brightest students into the program and offer opportunities for them to give back to their communities and state."

The Kaiser Pre-Medical Studies Scholarship is a three-phase program. Under the first phase, up to 30 sophomore students attend a medical school orientation at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (OUSCM) in Tulsa. Following the orientation, students will be familiar with the academic requirements and expectations of OUSCM, part of the OU College of Medicine. It is the first medical school of its kind in the nation and is designed to improve the health status of underserved Oklahoma communities, both rural and urban.

Once students have attended the orientation and meet other criteria, they are eligible to apply for the second phase of the scholarship, to be used during their junior year. Two students will be selected for phase two, which includes funding for a preparation class for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as well as the cost of taking the MCAT, a fee award that covers mandatory fees for up to 30 credit hours at Cameron University, and $500 for the academic year to assist with the cost of textbooks. 

Students who meet the qualifying criteria of phase two are eligible to apply for the third phase, to be used during their senior year. Two students will be selected for the phase three award. This includes funding for tuition and mandatory fees at Cameron University for up to 30 credit hours or a fee award covering mandatory fees for up to 30 credit hours plus $1,200 to assist with the cost of required textbooks. Students who are selected to receive the phase three scholarship must sign a commitment letter indicating that they will pursue admittance to the OU School of Community Medicine to achieve a medical degree (M.D.) and must attend if accepted. 

The George Kaiser Family Foundation was established by George B. Kaiser, President, CEO and primary owner of GBK Corporation, parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. The charitable organization is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement.

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November 17, 2010

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