Kathie J. Lyman Medical Student Scholarship Fund

The Polk County Medical Society organized October 24, 1851, is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the state of Iowa. Currently PCMS has 1,224 physician members and is the largest county medical society in the state. Society members represent every specialty of medicine.


The Polk County Medical Society board in recognition of our Executive Director, Kathie J. Lyman’s 20 years of service to the doctors of Central Iowa, along with recognizing a career of commitment to physicians and the medical community, has established a perpetual scholarship fund in her name.


Kathie started her career working with doctors in Medical Staff and Medical Education at Mercy Hospital Medical Center assisting to establish the first medical student rotations with the medical students from Des Moines University, (formerly University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences) in the early 70’s.  Throughout her career she has continued to be very committed to furthering medical education.  This scholarship was created to provide support to medical students’ annually.  The scholarship recognizes both scholarly achievements and financial needs. The perpetual scholarship will be a tribute to her lifelong work furthering medical education. 


The Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to medical students each year. Two scholarships will be awarded annually of $1,000 each from funds either donated or through fund raising through the KJL Scholarship/Polk County Medical Society Foundation.  The Committee is currently accepting applications.

The criteria for scholarship awards will be based on scholastic achievement and/or financial need. The applicant must be a legal resident of Iowa at the time of applying to medical school and currently attending an accredited medical or osteopathic school in Iowa. Applicant must submit in writing to pcms@pcms.org or 1520 High Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 a current transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a one to two page essay stating the applicant’s reasons for selecting a career in medicine and why they feel deserving of the award.

Application deadline is February 29. Only completed applications will be considered. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students enrolled, (with a tuition obligation) in an accredited medical or osteopathic school and a legal resident Iowa at the time of applying to medical school.
Students in high academic standing and have a financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review the candidates’ applications and make a selection based on academic performance and financial need. Applications may be submitted using the online form or by downloading the PDF provided. Candidates will be notified by March 15.

Length of Funding:
One year. The grant will be used for the purposes identified in the award letter. The medical student at the end of the grant year will be required to submit a letter of completion of that years education, or return any portion of the grant not used for medical education training in one of the two approved schools.
Application Information:

Applications may be submitted using the online form below or downloading the PDF file provided.

Kathie J. Lyman PDF Application


Part 1: Applicant Information


  First Name:
  Last Name:
  Middle or Maiden:


  Daytime Phone:


Legal Address:


Please provide us with your address at the time of your application to medical school.


Expected Date of Graduation: (mm/dd/yyyy)

Part II: Education


List in reverse chronological order, all colleges, universities, and professional schools attended (most recent first)
Major & Minor Fields
Dates of Attendance
Degree Received or Pending Year

Name / Address
of Institution


Part III: Experience


List below the professional employment you have held, starting with most recent
Nature of Duties

Part IV: Academic Achievements


Please list honors, grants, publications, special projects.
Item 1
  Item 2
  Item 3
  Item 4


Please describe any special or personal circumstances which you believe should be considered to better understand your financial need.


References: Please list three references with phone numbers who could be contacted by the committee.
Reference 1 Phone Number
Reference 2 Phone Number
  Telephone where you can be reached for an interview:
  List the best three dates and times to reach you for interview:
Date: Time:
Date: Time:
Date: Time: