James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship

STSA has raised more than $50,000 to fund the STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! A special thanks to STSA member and Brooks Scholarship Fundraising Chair, Stephen C. Yang, MD.

Learn more about the scholarship program and make a contribution online.

Download a printable Brooks Scholarship pledge form.


About the Award

The STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship seeks to identify and encourage medical students who are considering a career in cardiothoracic surgery. The Scholarship includes one round-trip, coach-class airfare to attend the STSA Annual Meeting; three nights’ hotel accommodation; tickets to attend the President’s Mixer and the Awards Dinner; and an assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions and facilitate introductions.

The criteria to apply for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be a rising second, third or fourth year medical student in good standing at a U.S. medical institution in the STSA region who displays general academic excellence and promise. Applicants training at a U.S. medical institution outside of the STSA region who obtain a letter of nomination from an STSA member will also be considered.
  • Applicants must display a significant dedication to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment through community service, education, and leadership.

The application process for the 2018 Brooks Medical Student Scholarship will open in June. 

Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions or concerns.


2017 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Trevor Davis, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • John Kelly, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Raymond Strobel, University of Michigan

There were over 20 qualified candidates who applied for the 2017 Brooks Medical Student Scholarship, and the STSA Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following Finalists.

2017 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • Nicholas Cavanaugh, Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Aravind Krishnan, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Rohan Shah, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Shawn Shah, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Benjamin Smood, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Thank you to everyone who applied or wrote a letter of recommendation!


Past STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
Past STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • 2011:
    • Tracy Geoffrion
    • Joy Hughes
    • Shahrzad Joharifard
    • Smith Nathan
    • Ace Ovil
    • Stephen Spindel
    • Poornima Yechoor
  • 2012:
    • Rebecca Gunter
    • Robert Hawkins
  • 2013:
    • Alex Brescia
    • Julie Doberne
    • Mohamed Eldeiry
    • Michael Hughes
    • Mickey Ising
    • Asishana Osho
    • Aaron Roberts
  • 2014:
    • Lloyd Felmly
    • Sameer Hirji
    • Bogdan Kindzelski
    • Parth Patel
    • William Patrick
  • 2015
    • K. Candice Jones
    • Brendan Lovasik
    • Ryan Meyerhoff
    • Parth Patel
    • Matthew Terwelp
  • 2016
    • Elaine Griffeth
    • Eric Jernigan
    • Aakash Shah
    • Rohan Shah