Diversity Scholarship

The purpose of the STSA Diversity Scholarship is to provide the opportunity for a medical student or a general surgery resident training in the United States, from an underrepresented group in cardiothoracic surgery, to attend the STSA 70th Annual Meeting, taking place November 2-5, 2023 in Orlando, FL.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to attend the STSA 70th Annual Meeting at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, in Orlando, FL, November 2-5, 2023;
  • A three-night hotel stay at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort;
  • Round-trip coach-class airfare to the Orlando International Airport;
  • Tickets to the President’s Mixer and Dinner Gala, where they will be recognized; and
  • An assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions, and facilitate introductions.

To be eligible for this award, candidates must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Candidate must currently be a medical student; or a clinical PGY1, PGY2, or PGY3 general surgery resident; or a general surgery resident on dedicated research time who has not started their PGY4 clinical year.
  2. The institution where the candidate is training must be in the United States.
  3. The candidate must be from an underrepresented group in cardiothoracic surgery. Underrepresented groups include Women, LGBTQIA+, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians/Asians/Pacific Islanders-Samoans.

Previous recipients of the following scholarships are ineligible to apply:

  • AATS Member for a Day Program to attend AATS Annual Meeting
  • AATS Summer Intern Scholarship
  • STS Looking to the Future Scholarship to attend STS Annual Meeting
  • STSA Brooks Scholarship to attend STSA Annual Meeting
  • WTS Carpenter Scholarship to attend STSA Annual meeting
  • WTS Scholarship Program to attend STS Annual Meeting
  • WTS Thistlethwaite Scholarship to attend WTSA Annual Meeting

Please note: previous STSA Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply; however, previous applicants are encourage to reapply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

The application process for the 2023 Diversity Scholarship is now open.

Interested applicants must apply online here.

The application deadline is Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11:59 PM CT.

In addition to completing an online application, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, along with a letter of recommendation from their cardiothoracic surgery mentor, faculty member or Program Director (for residents only). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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