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:

  • AATS Member for a Day Program to attend the AATS Annual Meeting
  • AATS Summer Intern Scholarship
  • STS Looking to the Future Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • STSA Diversity Scholarship to attend the STSA 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 reapply; however, previous applicants are encouraged to reapply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

The application process for the 2022 James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship is now open.

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 Fort Lauderdale.

The application deadline is August 4, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CT

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


2021 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Iulia Barbur, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Deglau, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Sangmin Kim, Harvard Medical School
  • Zhizhou Yang, Washington University in St. Louis

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2021 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • Morgan Hill, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Neel Prabhu, Duke University School of Medicine

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.