James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship

STSA has raised more than $50,000 to fund the STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! A special thanks to STSA member and Brooks Scholarship Fundraising Chair, Stephen C. Yang, MD.

Learn more about the scholarship program and make a contribution online.

Download a printable Brooks Scholarship pledge form.


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 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.

The application process for the 2019 James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship will open in June. Interested applicants must apply online at https://sts.fluidreview.com/. In addition to completing an application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, a letter of nomination from an STSA member, 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 or concerns.


2018 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Walker Blanding, Medical University of South Carolina
  • William Frankel, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Shawn Shah, University of Virginia School of Medicine

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2018 STSA Brooks Medical Student Scholarship Finalists
  • Nicholas Cavanaugh, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Lillian Kang, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Than Nguyen, University of Iowa
  • Jacqueline Olive, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Benjamin Smood, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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.