Doctor of Chiropractic Scholarships

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2018/2019 Scholarship Application Deadlines:
July 13 for fall 2018 applicants
October 12 for winter 2019 applicants

The scholarship application below should be submitted with essays and other materials as required. Award amounts are determined by scholarship criteria, financial need and available funds, though typically the committee will award at least $7,500 from each of the four programs. Awards are one-time and are distributed during the first academic year (summer-spring) of study. Students must have a completed admissions application to be considered for all scholarships. Incomplete and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Presidential Scholarship Program

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to exceptional fall and winter applicants. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic strength, outstanding extracurricular activities and leadership qualities. No application is required for the Presidential Scholarship – all admitted DC students will automatically receive consideration and recipients will be notified. *This scholarship is open to incoming students only.

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is a scholarship for incoming DC students that rewards the pursuit of scholarly and clinical excellence.

Qualifications: 3.75 GPA or higher in prerequisite coursework, must be an incoming student

Essay Questions: (one page per question maximum)

  • Describe an instance in which you overcame an academic or personal hurdle to excel in your studies.
  • In what ways does your prior coursework go above and beyond the minimum admission requirements? What makes you particularly prepared to succeed in a competitive DC program?
  • Optional: Do you have a particular area of focus/interest within the health professions (e.g. sports science, neurology, nutrition, etc.) that you plan to integrate into DC practice?


Women in Chiropractic Scholarship

The chiropractic profession has historically been populated disproportionately by men. UWS offers the Women in Chiropractic award to encourage more women to pursue excellence in the field. Applicants must describe how they were inspired to become a chiropractic physician and explore the role of women in the profession.

Qualifications: female student, 3.0 GPA or higher in prerequisite coursework, must be an incoming student

Essay Questions: (two pages maximum)

  • Describe how a chiropractic physician has influenced your desire to join the chiropractic profession.
  • Explore the ways and extent to which you perceive gender as relevant to the study and practice of the chiropractic profession.


Cultural Diversity Scholarship

With the goal of promoting diversity on campus and in the chiropractic profession, UWS encourages students of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, religion) to apply for the Cultural Diversity Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity within the university and explain how they intend to continue that tradition within their own practice upon graduation.

Qualifications: Culturally diverse or minority background, 3.0 GPA or higher in prerequisite coursework, must be an incoming student

Essay Questions: (two pages maximum)

  • What is your experience working with issues of diversity as an undergraduate and how has that experience has affected you on a personal level?
  • Describe how you envision continuing to support underrepresented groups as a UWS student and alum, whether in your personal and/or professional life.


Career Change Scholarship

Applicants who are making a career change to pursue the Doctor of Chiropractic degree are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit an essay reflecting on their previous professional experience and outline what has inspired them to embark on a chiropractic career.

Qualifications: Applicants changing careers to become a chiropractic physician, 3.0 GPA or higher in prerequisite coursework, must be an incoming student

Essay Questions: (two pages maximum)

  • What has inspired you to leave your current/past profession and embark on a career as a doctor of chiropractic?
  • What advantages or additional perspective do you think you bring to the table in light of your previous career experience?


DC Prerequisite Science Award

This scholarship is specifically for students who need an organic chemistry or biochemistry course to qualify for admission to the UWS Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program. The scholarship will be applied to first term tuition upon matriculation to the DC program. Award amount will match the direct costs (tuition, fees and lab equipment) for the prerequisite courses. This award is automatically granted to those who qualify and no application is required. Contact your admissions advisor for questions regarding your eligibility.


  • Offer of acceptance to the Doctor of Chiropractic program requiring completion of organic or biochemistry prerequisite
  • Completion of organic chemistry or biochemistry through the UWS pre-professional science program (must achieve a grade of C or higher)
  • Matriculation into and enrollment through 60% of first quarter in the UWS DC program
  • Must be an incoming student