James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship

About the Award

STSA leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the STSA 67th Annual Meeting due to changing developments and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and well-being of STSA members, invited speakers, scholars, guests, industry colleagues, and staff are of the utmost importance during these unprecedented times. STSA looks forward to bringing you an exceptional annual meeting November 3-6, 2021 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

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 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 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. Medical students 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 Medical Student 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 Medical Student Scholarship is closed. Interested applicants must apply online at https://sts.smapply.io/prog/stsa_james_w_brooks_medical_student_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 medical institution dean confirming permission for the applicant to travel to the meeting in Florida.

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


2019 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Nicholas Goel, Medical University of Pennsylvania
  • Samantha Halpern, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Selena Li, Harvard Medical School
  • Phillip Mackie, University of Florida

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2019 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • Michael Eisenberg, McGovern Medical School
  • Perry Choi, Harvard Medical School
  • Krish Dewan, Northeast Ohio Medical University

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

To see a list of previous STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship recipients and finalists, click here.