The 2021 Medical Mission Scholarship

Dr. Matthew Steele, a cosmetic surgeon, uses his special skill set to help children across the globe who are born with cleft lips and palates. He travels far and wide on mission trips to provide much needed surgeries for these children. The act of giving one’s talent to those who need help is important to Dr Steele, his surgical team, and his family.

For this scholarship, we asked students to describe a mission you went on, either domestic or international. While we are personally passionate about medical missions, this scholarship is open to any type of mission or service-based trip. If you volunteered to build homes, teach children, or help in natural disaster relief we had asked that you please share your story with us.

For instance, you could have explained what encouraged you to volunteer your time with a particular mission. Was the type of mission something that influenced your major and how you will use your degree? How did this trip open your eyes and what valuable lessons did you gain from the experience? Were there any areas for improvement, what specifically would you change?

thankfully, we heard from many students who are passionate about giving back on a local, national, or global scale. Through our Medical Mission Scholarship, we will award $1,000 to one student to use towards furthering their education. Unfortunately, the deadline to apply for this scholarship was December 31, 2021. While we are no longer accepting applications, we would like to thank the community for its interest and participation.


  • The scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and who is enrolled in a two-to-five-year post-secondary institution for the spring 2022 semester.
  • Employees of Dr. Matthew Steele’s practice and their immediate families and/or persons living in the same households are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good overall academic standing.

Application Requirements

  • The candidate must submit a 700-1,000 word essay response to the prompt: Describe the volunteer work you did, the people you helped, and how it affected you in the short and long term.
  • The candidate must submit a professional resumé that lists their experience, both professional and academic.
  • The candidate must submit a transcript from their current school. First-year college students, graduate students, or individuals who have recently transferred schools may submit an unofficial transcript from their current school, as well as the most recent official transcript from their prior school. High school students must also submit proof of acceptance to their college or university.

The recipient of the Medical Mission Scholarship will be chosen during the month following the scholarship deadline.

Application Deadline and Instructions:

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must have emailed their full application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) to by December 31, 2021. As mentioned above, the window to apply has closed, but we are grateful for everyone that participated. We will be announcing the results soon!

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