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 2021 James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship is closed. Interested applicants must apply online at https://sts.smapply.io/prog/stsa_james_w_brooks_resident_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 program director 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 Resident Scholarship Recipients
  • Ashley Dawson, MD, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Katherine Giuliano, MD, Johns Hopkins
  • Christopher Ryan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Nicholas Zhou, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2020 STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship Finalist
  • Waleed Ageedi, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

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.