2018 Student Scholarship Essay Contest

The California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) is sponsoring a student member essay contest. The CSOMA Board of Directors will review all submissions and will select two (2) winners for this contest. Each of the winning authors will be awarded a scholarship of $250.

Opening Date for Submissions: January 15, 2018
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2018

Topic for the essay is:

How can the acupuncture profession provide solutions for the current opioid epidemic? How can we help educate Western medical practitioners on the benefits of acupuncture as an integrative healthcare option?

The winning essays may be eligible for publication in the Spring/Summer online California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM) and for authors to present at the upcoming CSOMA Conference in Oakland, CA, on May 17-18, 2018.

We will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $250 each. Submissions are due by 5:00PM PST, March 15, 2018. The winning essays will be selected by the end of March 2018, and the winners announced by the first week of April.

Scholarship requirements include:

  1. Full-time or part-time student status in one of California’s ACAOM-accredited master or professional doctorate programs
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. An active CSOMA student membership
  4. A 600-1000 word essay on the CSOMA selected topic
Grade point average will require verification upon winning.


Please submit your essay to futures@csomaonline.org and include your: full name, school, program attending, email address, mailing address, and phone number.

Comments & Feedback: As always, we welcome and appreciate your feedback. You may send comments to futures@csomaonline.org or contact CSOMA toll-free at 800.477.4564.