WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) third-year students Adam Beckler, Trevor Black, Lisa Doan, Adrienne Estes, Jacob Stuart and Brett Waverly each received scholarships from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund for the 2011-12 academic year.

CPM’s inaugural class of students recently became eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. They are required to be third- or fourth-year podiatric medical students who have a financial need, have shown extracurricular involvement/community service, and possess strong GPAs.

Scholarships are set at $1,000 each, according to Heather Palmer, MA, MBA, APMA director of development and corporate relations.

She said some scholarship awards are higher and are set up by donors like Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA). In this awarded scholarship, the highest ranked student at each college, based on the application criteria, is awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

"I am pleased that APMA’s Educational Foundation has chosen to honor our students with a scholarship," said CPM Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM. "The money will help support the increased expenses in the third and fourth year due to travel to clerkships intra- and extramurally."

Students from nine podiatric medical universities throughout the country received scholarships.

According to its website, the APMA Educational Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization established to increase nationwide awareness and understanding of foot and ankle health. The APMA Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit educational arm of the American Podiatric Medical Association.