James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship

About the Award

The STSA James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship seeks to identify and encourage general surgery residents, who are committed to pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery, to travel to the STSA Annual Meeting. 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 Dinner Gala; 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 general surgery residents in good standing at a U.S. medical institution in the STSA region who displays academic excellence and promise. General surgery residents training at a U.S. medical institution outside of the STSA region who obtain a letter of nomination from an STSA member (Active or Senior) 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.

To see a map of the STSA region click here.

Applicants who have previously received any of the following are not eligible to apply:

  • STS Looking to the Future Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • AATS Member for a Day Program to attend the AATS Annual Meeting
  • WTS Carpenter Scholarship to attend the STSA Annual Meeting
  • WTS Scholarship Program to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • WTS Thistlethwaite Scholarship to attend the WTSA Annual Meeting

Please note: Previous STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply; however, previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

The application process for the 2020 James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship is now open. Interested applicants must apply online at https://sts.smapply.io/prog/stsa_james_w_brooks_resident_scholarship. In addition to completing an application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, a letter of nomination from an STSA member (Active or Senior), and a letter of support from his or her program director confirming permission for the applicant to travel to the meeting in Florida. The application submission deadline is Friday, July 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CT.

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

STSA’s Executive Committee is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on STSA organizational activities, including the STSA 67th Annual Meeting scheduled for November 4-7, 2020. STSA’s leadership is considering various options at this time and is hopeful they can host an in-person meeting; however, they realize it may not be possible. If the in-person meeting were to be canceled, then STSA would no longer offer and administer the Brooks Medical Resident Scholarship.


2019 STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship Recipients
  • Eric Etchill, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • C. Corbin Frye, MD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Gregory Leya, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Rodrigo Zea Vera, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2019  STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship Finalists
  • Maggie Connolly, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Erin Corsini, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Navin Vigneshwar, MD, University of Colorado

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

To see a list of previous STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship recipients and finalists click here.