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The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) was founded in 1954 with the purpose of disseminating knowledge and information and to encourage and stimulate progress in the fields of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. *In keeping with this mission, STSA offers scholarships and awards to eligible applicants:

The STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship sponsors a medical student to attend the STSA Annual Meeting. STSA seeks to identify and encourage medical students who are consdering a career in cardiothoracic surgery to apply. The Scholarship includes one round-trip coach-class airfare to attend the STSA Annual Meeting, three nights' hotel accomodation; tickets to attend the President's Mixer and the Awards Dinner, and an assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions and facilitate introductions.

The criteria to apply for the STSA Brooks Scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be a rising second, third or fourth-year medical student in good staning at a U.S. medical institution in the STSA region who displays general academic excellence and promise. Applicants training at an institution oustide of the STSA region who obtain a letter of nomination from a STSA member will also be considered.
  • Applicants must display a significant dedication to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment through community service, education, and leadership.


The STSA James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship seeks to identify and encourage general surgery residents who are committed to pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery to travel to the STSA Annual Meeting. The Scholarship includes one round-trip, coach-class airfare to attend the STSA Annual Meeting; three nights' hotel accomodation; tickets to attend the President's Mixer and the Awards dinner; and an assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a scedule of educational programming, answer questions and facilitate introductions.

The criteria to apply for the STSA Resident Scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be general surgery residents in good standing at a U.S. medical institution in the STSA region who displays academic excellence and promise. Applicants training at an institution outside of the STSA region who obtain a letter of nomination from an STSA member will also be considered.
  • Applicants must display a significant dedication to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment through community service, education, and leadership.
All application materials must be received by Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early-September. If you have questions, please contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892.

To apply for a STSA Brooks or Resident Scholarship click here.


*The STSA Southern Region includes the following U.S. states and territories: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland: Mississippi; Missouri; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas: Virginia; West Virginia; the District of Columbia; the U.S. territories and commonwealths in the Caribbean.