Westra Short-Term Mission Scholarship Information

James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund


To provide selected medical and dental students with clinical experiences in mission settings that will enable them to become familiar with the cultural, social and medical problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved. It is also expected that this experience will lead recipients to seek the Lord's will regarding lifetime involvement in medical missions.


You must be:

  1. A CMDA member
  2. A third or fourth-year medical student enrolled in a traditional four-year program in an approved US medical school
  3. Able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation.



Application deadlines are April 1, August 1 and December 1. Your application must be submitted by the deadline prior to your trip.



Awards will be announced by email one month after each deadline. The amount of the grant is for transportation and project-related expenses up to $500.



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. This should be included in the report so that it can be forwarded 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 Associations immediately, withdrawing their application in order that other applicants may be funded.

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

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Westra Short-Term 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.