American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Scholarship

15 scholarships, two of which will be renewable for up to three years, valued at $3,000 each will be awarded to eligible students enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Non-renewable scholarships will be disbursed equally over each session/semester over the academic year beginning as early as May 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. The recipient must be enrolled for each session/semester at the time of disbursement.   The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (may include January session).
  • Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic:

Describe the most challenging obstacle you’ve had to overcome. Discuss its impact on your life. What have you learned from the experience? How has overcoming this obstacle shaped who you are today?

  • Applicant must submit a letter a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.
  • Applicant is to be judged in need of financial assistance from information obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, in part by completion of the FAFSA.

Dr. Susan Atchley Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Susan Atchley, a past professor at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) passed away in 2016. Her devotion to students attending was well known on the island of St. Maartens, where she called home for many years. After leaving the employ of AUC, Dr. Atchley continued to be an advocate for students, providing her wisdom, guidance and encouragement, as they worked to become doctors. Her never-ending focus on students with the goal of improving their lives and knowing these well-educated students would go on to positively impact the lives and was an inspiration for many.

One scholarship valued at $3,000 will be awarded to an eligible student enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Scholarship will be disbursed equally over each session/semester over the academic year beginning as early as May 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. The recipient must be enrolled for each session/semester at the time of disbursement. The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (may include January session).
  • Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic:

Describe the importance of providing health care to those who have not had access to services. Provide examples of how you have provided assistance to others in need from your community, work, or school environment.

  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.
  • Applicant is to be judged in need of financial assistance from information obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, in part by completion of the FAFSA.
  • Prior to a disbursement, the scholarship recipient is required to send a letter of thanks to the friends of Dr. Susan Atchley. The letter is to be sent to the Scholarship Fund office.

Dr. Karl Stockhausen Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Karl Stockhausen wanted to spend his life in the service of healing others, especially in third world countries. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine, MD, from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), and he twice joined surgical teams providing health care in Honduras. He also worked for three months in La Parroquia, Guatemala, assisting in free healthcare clinics for the indigenous community.

As part of his medical training, Stockhausen completed a clinical rotation in infectious diseases in Mumbai, India, a surgical and OB/GYN rotation and a rotation in an HIV outpatient health clinic in London, UK, and several rotations in New York City. He showed a particular passion for learning about international health systems, and made it a personal goal to have a hand in improving global health care.

He was 24 years old and in medical school when he was afflicted by Acute Multifocal Posterior Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy (AMPPPE), a rare eye disease that left him with blind spots in both eyes. This condition qualified him for special provisions in medical school, such as unlimited time to take tests, but he refused to make use of the exceptional treatment. His condition did not deter him; he kept on in medical school despite the handicap.

At age 26, he was diagnosed with cancer, but Karl finished and graduated medical school with honors while battling the cancer for two years without complaint. He had secured a prestigious Emergency Medicine residency at Einstein, Jacoby Medical Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Unfortunately, his cancer worsened and he was unable to begin his residency.

The cancer took his life, but it did not diminish his indomitable spirit or will to be of service to others.

Scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to up to three students annually. The recipient must be enrolled for funds to be disbursed. The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (may include January session).
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Applicant must complete an essay on one or more of the following topics:

Describe your service to others through medicine, and your tenacity and accomplishment while under pressure, or  

Discuss the significant challenges you have encountered in your life, what you did to overcome these challenges and what positive impact you have made as a result, or  

Describe your experience in performing a clinical rotation in a third world country, disadvantaged community, or equivalent, and how it affected your outlook on providing medical care to these less fortunate.

Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.

Applicant is to be judged in need of financial assistance from information obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, in part by the completion of the FAFSA.

Recipient must write a thank you letter to the Dr. Karl Stockhausen family for funds to be disbursed.