Dow Graduate Association of North America has received
several requests for financial assistance from DOW graduates.
They have included requests for help for Dow graduates who are
applying for residency in the US, financial assistance to help
for travel expenses and examination fee etc. It is our feeling
that in the coming months and years these fund requests will
The Central Council started Loan Program for Dowites who are requesting for financial help.
In order manage this account and screen the
applicants, we suggest, there be a committee of 7 people. 4
members from Central Council (President, President Elect,
Treasurer and the Executive Director of DOGANA) and 3 members
from the membership at large with strong credentials in fund
raising and excellent unbiased standing in the DOGANA community.
The non CC members will be serving for a 3 year term. Initially,
the three members will be elected for a staggered term of one,
two and three year term each.
1. Should be DOW graduates.
2. These candidates should
not have participated in self-funded scheme. They should have
applied on open merit seats.
3. In order to assess the
applicant, a point system will be used.
2 points each in
the two step for a score of greater then 90th percentile
1 point each for US clinical rotations, research papers,
residency offers, or a positive visa status i.e. green card vs.
H1 already in place. The candidate should score at least 5 out
of the 8 points.
If they have already applied for
residency, they should send us a list of their interviewing
hospitals, so that the Council can help them in their
accommodation and travel needs.
The application should
include names of 2 DOW graduates in USA, who can speak on these
candidates behalf regarding academic qualifications as well as
help determine financial need. These "endorsers" should be able
to be cross referenced by council members.
always be special unique cases where we will have to make
decisions on compassionate basis.
amount loaned will be $ 3000 per candidate. A candidate who
fails to secure a residency spot one year, may apply a second
time for the next year. The maximum time a candidate will be
considered for a loan will be twice.
This money should be
an interest free loan to these candidates, who would be expected
to pay back within 2 years of starting their residency.
In the case that candidate is unable to secure a residency spot,
he/she will not obligated in paying back this money.
money will be sent outside US. The candidates must send us all
their receipts i.e. registration fees for ECFMG, travel receipts
or fees for applications etc. and then the candidate will be
directly reimbursed through US based banks or financial