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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

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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 emailed to CMDA's Executive Assistant.



Applications are reviewed quarterly. 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.