Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) chiropractic student, Brittany Tromp, was recently awarded a scholarship by the Iowa Chiropractic Society (ICS) in a brief ceremony, held on the CUKC campus. The winners are announced each spring during the annual ICS convention. Dr. Lauri Wondra, a 2001 graduate of CUKC, returned to her alma mater to present the scholarship to Tromp on behalf of the ICS.
To apply, one must be a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences, Logan University, or Cleveland University-Kansas City. Students must be members of the Iowa Chiropractic Society and have successfully completed a minimum of five trimesters of chiropractic education. They also must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the time of application. In addition, the student must be willing to reside and practice in the state of Iowa after graduation.
Students must complete the application and submit an essay outlining the organizations in which they are involved, and the professional activities in which they participated that allowed them to advance a positive image of the chiropractic profession. They were also to address how they chose to pursue chiropractic and what impact they could have on their profession and the ICS. Finally, they were required to provide a letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor.
ICS normally awards only two annual scholarships, but according to Wondra, Tromp was among three exceptional applicants, so three awards were given in 2023.
Tromp hails from Ida Grove, Iowa, and is on track to graduate from CUKC in August 2023. She plans to practice in the area of pediatrics and prenatal care near Des Moines. She applied for the scholarship after seeing it in the Weekly Announcements, and enlisted the help of CUKC clinician, Dr. Damon Dennis, who submitted a letter of recommendation.
Wondra has been active with ICS, serving as president in 2018-19. She and her husband, Dr. Tim Wondra, a 2000 graduate of CUKC, own Wondra Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Fort Madison, Iowa.