The goal of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG-USA) Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance for recipients to attend the DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium. The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on available funding. The 2023 conference is being planned for in-person programming in Orlando, Florida July 21st.
There are two scholarships for trainees or early career clinicians. The scholarship amount for the Rising Star Scholarship will be up to $2000 each. Each scholarship will offset the costs of attending the DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium (travel, lodging, and food). Only one scholarship award will be given to each recipient. In addition to the monetary award, the recipient will receive complimentary conference registration and a one-year membership with DSMIG-USA.
Criteria for Eligibility
To be eligible for consideration for a Rising Star scholarship the applicant must be a Trainee or early career clinician (within 5 years of completing training) working within the Down syndrome community.
All Personal Statements will be rated based on the quality of response to the question "How do you plan to apply what you learn from the DSMIG-USA symposium to your studies, research, or professional career related to the care of individuals with Down syndrome?" The reviewers will evaluate each Personal Statement on the following criteria:
The application form and essay must be submitted by Friday, April 28th for the Rising Star Scholarship.
The goal of the Financial Need Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to those who will experience undue expense to participate in the DSMIG-USA symposium. The 2023 award amount is up to $500 each. In addition to the monetary award, the recipient will receive complimentary conference registration and a one-year membership with DSMIG-USA.
Criteria for Eligibility
To be eligible for consideration for a Financial Need scholarship the applicant recognizes that financial cost is a burden to participate in the DSMIG-USA symposium (typically would include trainees, international clinicians, clinic coordinators, or therapists).
All Personal Statements will be evaluated based on the response to the question “How will the scholarship increase the ability to attend the DSMIG-USA symposium?”
The application form and essay must be submitted by June 2nd for Financial Need Scholarship.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen by Friday, May 15th for Rising Star Scholarship and June 12th for Financial Need Scholarship and notified by the DSMIG-USA President and DSMIG-USA Symposium Planning Chair. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium.
All scholarship recipients are offered the opportunity to work with a mentor. The name and contact information for the mentor will be provided by the DSMIG-USA.