Funds Available

ACFAS Future Leader Scholarship
Powered by PICA

The ACFAS Future Leader Scholarship Powered by PICA is a $40,000 academic scholarship generously supported by an unrestricted grant from PICA.  ACFAS Student Club Faculty Advisors will nominate one student member in good academic standing. Only one applicant will be accepted per school. 

Applicant nominations are due from faculty advisors on November 1. 

The scholarship application deadline is November 22.

One recipient will receive:

  • An academic scholarship in the amount of $40,000, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from PICA
  • Recognition at ACFAS 2023 in Los Angeles
  • Exclusive opportunities to network with ACFAS leadership

Student applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in and actively taking courses at one of the ten AACPM-recognized podiatric medical schools and in good academic standing
  • Active members of their campus’s ACFAS Student Club
  • Selected by their school’s ACFAS Student Club Faculty Advisor

Application Details and Important Dates

  • October 15: The ACFAS Future Leader Scholarship Powered by PICA is marketed to all ACFAS Student Club Members
  • November 1: Applicant names are due from ACFAS Student Club Faculty Advisors
  • November 2: The ten nominees will be sent a link to the scholarship application
  • November 22: Scholarship application deadline
  • December 20: The lucky recipient will be notified. Only one scholarship will be awarded.


To be considered, contact your school’s 2022-23 ACFAS Student Club Faculty Advisor:

  • AZPOD: Don Curtis, DPM, FACFAS
  • Barry: Luis Rodriguez, DPM, AACFAS
  • CSPM: Johanna Richey, DPM, FACFAS
  • Kent State: Nicholas Butler, DPM, AACFAS
  • DMU: Sean Grambart, DPM, FACFAS
  • NYCPM: Matrona Giakoumis, DPM
  • Scholl: Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS
  • Temple: Laura Sansosti, DPM, FACFAS
  • Western University: Adrienne Estes, DPM, FACFAS
  • UT RGV: Javier La Fontaine, DPM, FACFAS (interim)

ACFAS Region Support

The mission of ACFAS' nine Regions is to promote at the state and local level the superior care of foot and ankle surgical patients through education, research and the promotion of the highest professional standards.

The primary use of Region funds is through the provision of educational programming at a grassroots level and support of educational endeavors through the creation of grants; scholarships; and support of students, residents and young members just starting practice. The Regions are committed to supporting students and residents, specifically their research posters and manuscripts and young researchers' travel and attendance at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference.

Please visit your Region webpage for more information about funds available, or contact your Region President with any questions or to request support.