James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship

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 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 2021 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 online application, 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 their medical institution dean confirming permission for the applicant to travel to the meeting in Atlanta.

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


2020 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Donald Chang, The University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School
  • Rahul Kanade, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Boateng Kubi, Johns Hopkins University
  • Alexander Zhu, Duke University School of Medicine

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2020 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • Sainath Asokan, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Morgan Gongola, University of Arkansas

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.