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Ensuring the future of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado begins by supporting today’s Osteopathic medical students. The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation is proud to award up to five $10,000 scholarships to students entering their third year at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. These scholarships are renewed automatically for $10,000 each for the fourth year as long as the students are in good standing with their College of Osteopathic Medicine. Scholarships are for tuition. In addition, the Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship has been established.

John H. Drabing, D.O., FAOAO, FACOS
Dr. Drabing graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1957 and earned his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1961. He completed a rotating internship at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado where he was in family practice for two years. With the opening of Eisenhower Osteopathic Hospital in Colorado Springs, he moved there in 1964 to obtain hospital privileges. In 1966 after two additional years in family practice he entered into an orthopedic residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Upon completion of his residency in 1969, he returned to Colorado Springs establishing a department of orthopedic surgery at Eisenhower Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Drabing served two terms as chief of staff and helped oversee the hospital as it tripled in size during the 1970s. He also served on the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors, becoming its president in 1976-1977 and represented Colorado at the AOA House of Delegates from 1975 to 1987.

Dr. Drabing was a member of the KCOM Board of Trustees form 1982 to 1991, serving as vice president for one year and president in 1990-1991. He also received the college’s Alumni of the Year Award in 2001. He served on the AOAO Board for nine years and was president in 1986-1987. In recognition of his contributions to the organization, he received the AOAO’s Knotty Cane Award in both 1991 and 1998. He also served on the ACOS board for three years from 1989 to 1992.

From 1998 through 2005, he represented the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine as a board member of the Colorado Physicians Health Program, which aids impaired health professionals, doctors, nurses and medical students. He also served as a local host to two national meetings of the North American Spine Society in the 1990s.

Dr. Drabing was a founding board member of the El Paso County Medical Society Physicians Foundation as well as a founding board member of the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation in 1984, serving as president in 1989-1990. He remains an active member of the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and serves on multiple committees. He has been a stalwart supporter of Osteopathic Medicine and the Foundation through “thick and thin.”

Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship
The Walter S. Strode, D.O. Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000.00 scholarship that is awarded annually to one of the tuition scholarship applicants. It is to be used for fees, books, supplies and equipment. This scholarship is named after the late Walter S. Strode, D.O., who was a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. This annual scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Strode family in partnership with our Foundation.

FY 2021-2022 General Information

  • Up to five tuition scholarships are available to students entering their third year at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine in the summer of 2022.
  • Each scholarship is for $10,000 per year, up to a total of $20,000 for years III and IV of medical school as long as the student remains in good academic standing with their College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Scholarship tuition funds are credited to the student’s medical school business office account.
  • Applications will be reviewed primarily on merit.
  • Applicants with the most potential to become good osteopathic physicians based on their demonstration of academic achievement, leadership, motivation and service to their community will be selected.
  • The Foundation anticipates that its scholarship recipients, upon completion of their medical education will return to practice in Colorado.


  • Only second-year students are eligible to apply for the scholarships (scholarships are awarded to selected recipients for their third year and fourth year if the recipients maintain their eligibility).
  • Students who have full tuition scholarships are ineligible (Indian Health Service, National Health Service Corp, Health Professions Scholarship Program – Army, Navy and Air Force, other sources)
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an AOA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Documentation of College of Osteopathic Medicine admission is required.)
  • Only residents of Colorado, or those with a solid Colorado connection such as family living in Colorado, or attended school in Colorado prior to medical school are eligible to apply, with preference given to residents of Southern Colorado.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.


  • Applicants MUST have their medical school submit their quartile and transcripts and if available their class ranking and grade point average for the first three semesters, plus their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores from time of application to College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Applicants MUST submit a list of the clubs and organizations that they belong to during medical school and their community service.
  • Applicants MUST submit an essay stating why they want to be an osteopathic physician, where they see themselves professionally 10 years from now, their intention to return to Colorado to practice medicine, and their history of having lived in Colorado (or their family’s history).
  • Applicants MUST submit a curriculum vitae including extra curricular activities in the interim time between undergraduate and medical school.
  • The scholarship recipient MUST keep the Foundation informed of address changes and status while enrolled in school during the period of funding and throughout residency.
  • Tuition Scholarship recipients MUST give the Foundation’s Executive Director permission to contact their college of medicine to ensure that they are still in good standing prior to releasing funds for the fourth year.

Application Process

  • Beginning November 2, 2021 the scholarship application material will be available from the Financial Aid Offices at all accredited Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Beginning November 2, 2021 the scholarship application material will be available on the Foundation’s website at; potential applicants may also call the Foundation office at 719-635-9057 or email the office at to obtain a copy.
  • Complete applications should be received by the Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2022.
  • A selection committee composed of Osteopathic physicians will review all completed applications after January 31, 2022.
  • SKYPE or ZOOM Interviews

    • Will be conducted between select medical student applicants and the scholarship committee. No telephone only interviews will be granted.
    • Selected applicants will be assigned a specific interview time.
    • Students must register online with SKYPE or ZOOM and then start an account if SKYPE or ZOOM is used for the interviews.
    • Students should contact the Foundation one week prior to the interview and ensure that their SKYPE or ZOOM account is active and working.
    • The interviews should last approximately 15 minutes each.

  • Award recipients will be notified by phone and mail in May.
  • Tuition scholarship payments will be made in two increments per year. $5000 will be sent to the school’s business office in July and December.

Withdrawal Policy

  • If a scholarship recipient withdraws from school permanently, the scholarship converts to a five year loan at 5% interest per year. Scholarship recipients are responsible to repay the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation under the terms defined by the Foundation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the Foundation.
  • If a scholarship recipient is granted a leave of absence from their school for medical or other reasons, the Foundation will hold the un-awarded balance of scholarship funds for up to one year from the date of the leave approval. The student must return to school within one year in order to retain the scholarship.
  • Conditions of leave and withdrawal are subject to the individual school policy.

Questions/Additional Information

  • Questions should be directed to the Foundation by email at or phone at 719-635-9057.
  • Information and applications may be downloaded from our web site at

Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation
P.O. Box 49577
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
(719) 635-9057

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