James P. Owen Mission Scholarship Information

James P. Owen Scholarship Fund


James P. Owen had a keen interest in missionary medicine. He died in 1981 while a senior medical student at Southwestern Medical School. The James P. Owen Memorial Endowment Fund was established by his wife in loving memory of her husband.



To provide financial aid each year for a student at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas to go on a medical mission project. Recipients gain clinical experience in settings that will enable them to become familiar with the cultural, social and medical problems in developing countries.



You must be:

  1. A CMDA member (Join Now)
  2. A medical student enrolled at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas
  3. Able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation



Application deadline is December 1. Your application must be submitted by the deadline prior to your trip.



Awards will be announced by mail in January. The amount of the grant is for transportation and project-related expenses up to $1,000.



Funds must be used for participation in a missionary medical preceptorship, clerkship, or similar experience of two weeks or more in duration arranged by the student for completion within twelve months from the date of award.

Recipients are required to submit a typewritten report to CMDA within 30 days after completion of the overseas experience, including photographs if possible. The report should contain a summary of activities and an assessment of the value of the experience for the student. Both the report and photos will be kept on file here unless specified otherwise. The recipient is also asked to write a letter of appreciation to the donor.

Due to limited funding, this program is not intended to duplicate other award programs where funding has been given. Where partial funding has been provided from other sources, our award would be limited to the amount necessary to meet (but not exceed) full travel and project-related expenses. If full funding has been provided by other organizations, churches, mission board or foundation awards, applicants are requested to notify the Christian Medical & Dental Association immediately, withdrawing their application in order that other applicants may be funded.

For questions regarding the scholarship, contact CMDA's Executive Assistant using the form on this page.

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James P. Owen Mission Scholarship Information

Online Application:

Before an application will be considered, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's pastor must be submitted. The letter should highlight the applicant's spiritual maturity and involvement in ministry. The reference is an attempt to do a 360-degree look at you from those who have good knowledge of your calling, spiritual commitment, passion for evangelism and your ability to work in an overseas missionary context. If your pastor is not able to provide this information, please select someone who could. The letter of reference should be sent to CMDA's Executive Assistant using the form on this page.


Before completing this application, please thoroughly read the guidelines for this award. Please give thoughtful and complete responses to every question.

*Have you read through the guidelines for this scholarship?

For security reasons, you may call CMDA at 423-844-1000 to verbally submit your social security number after you complete and submit this online application.

*Have you had any previous experience abroad - medical, dental or other?

*Will this clinical experience provide elective credit toward your healthcare degree?

*Do you have a valid passport?

*How many times have you received CMDA scholarship funding?

Before submitting your application, please copy your application from this page and save it to a Word document. If after submitting you do not receive a message thanking you for completing the application, please contact CMDA's Executive Assistant at 423-844-1000. Thank you for your patience.

*All items marked with an asterisk are required.