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2024 Difference Maker Scholarship

Learn more and submit your application now for the 2024 Difference Maker scholarship to attend the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) 2024.

All nine accredited colleges of podiatric medicine offer scholarship, grant, and loan programs to their students. For more information regarding these individual college programs, contact each college directly. APMA also offers a scholarship program for students through the APMA Educational Foundation.

APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund

The APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund is the only national funding resource devoted to students at the colleges of podiatric medicine. See 2023's scholarship recipients

The APMA Educational Foundation gratefully acknowledges all of its scholarship benefactors. See who supports the foundation's scholarship fund with named endowments.

Quick Facts  

  • Scholarship applicants must be members of APMA. All students are offered complimentary student membership with APMA. If you are not yet a member, contact the APMA Membership department, or complete the student membership form.
  • The scholarship fund awards scholarships to podiatric medical students from the nine colleges of podiatric medicine.
  • Annually, the scholarship fund assists approximately 200 students, and this number continues to grow.
  • The minimum level of scholarship support is $1,000.
  • The scholarship fund distributes about $400,000 each year.
  • The scholarship fund has distributed more than $4 million in scholarship dollars to more than 3,500 students.


All third- and fourth-year students from the nine accredited colleges of podiatric medicine are eligible: Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University; Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine; Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine; New York College of Podiatric Medicine; Samuel Merritt University College of Podiatric Medicine; Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine; and Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. There are several discretionary awards made available each year to second-year students. 

Candidates for Educational Foundation scholarships are selected by the College Scholarship and Student Loan Committee based on the following criteria:  

  • Financial need
  • Grade point average
  • Podiatric community/school service
  • Leadership involvement
  • APMA membership

Application and Deadlines  

The scholarship cycle is now closed for the 2023–2024 academic year. Funds will be disbursed in early fall. Scholarship checks will be sent directly to your school's financial aid office. Information on 2024–2025 scholarships will be available in early spring.

2024 Difference Maker Scholarship 

Applications for the Difference Maker Scholarship at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring 2024 conference are now being accepted. 

The SAWC Difference Makers is a group of inspiring individuals who actively seek to advance the practice of wound care for their patients, value being a part of an interdisciplinary care team, and most importantly, disseminate their wound care knowledge with colleagues. Selected by leaders within the Wound Healing Society, APMA, and the APTA’s Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management - Special Interest Group (APTA ACEWM-SIG), the SAWC Difference Maker Scholarship recipients impact their community positively and will share their professional practice achievements and professional practice goals during the Difference Maker Scholarship Awards session at the conference.

The Difference Maker “Wound Care Podiatrist” Scholarship is available to any APMA member who has demonstrated exceptional clinical skills and an intense dedication to caring for patients with wounds. The member selected will receive the following as part of the Difference Maker Scholarship: 

  • Complimentary conference registration (excludes any additional fee items)
  • One round-trip economy airfare ticket 
  • Up to two nights of hotel accommodations (room and tax only)
  • Participation in the Difference Maker Scholarship Awards session (applicants must confirm that they are available to attend the awards session)
  • Recognition certificate

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring 2024 conference will be held May 14–18, 2024 in Orlando, FL.

The application is available here. The submission deadline is March 15, 2024, to Tina Carter, APMA director of corporate and foundation relations, at

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