World Olympian scholarships

In the spirit of the Olympic Movement and in partnership with ten of our Chiropractic Institutions, we at FICS are honored to support education for Olympians worldwide by providing the “World Olympian Scholarship Program” to Olympians who are academically qualified and interested in pursuing a career in Chiropractic.

 

Established in 2001, building partnerships with educational instructions which offer a chiropractic program to provide Olympian with
opportunities to give back to the profession which helped them.

FICS has partnerships with none educational institutions which deliver a chiropractic programs.  All offer a full academic scholarship with the exception of the school in Canada, whereby they offer a 1/2 scholarship. Olympians selected for this program will serve as an Ambassador for the Olympic Movement and for Chiropractic as an advocate for how the profession fundamentally enhanced the Olympian’s athletic pursuit. 

The Olympic Scholarship program provides educational support for Olympians worldwide who are academically qualified and interested in pursuing a career in Chiropractic. In partnership with selected Chiropractic Institutions, FICS provides full academic scholarships to successful Olympians.

Since the start of this initiative in 2001 six Olympians have graduated and are now seeing patients, including Olympians athletes. Those graduated are from Jamaica, Australia, Canada and the US.

Currently, there are 9 schools participating in this program, 8 in the US and 1 in Canada and to date 6 schools have signed an MOU with FICS and the Olympian. All offer a full academic scholarship with the exception of the school in Canada, whereby they offer a 1/2 scholarship.

Testimonials

Dr Jay Greenstein Chair of the World Olympic Program talks with Dr Tom Hyde who was the brainchild behind this program. Jay and Tom discussion the program and the opportunities available to Olympics applying for this scholarship.

FICS we believe in investing in the future and developing the next generation of Sports Chiropractors. As an organisation we achieve this through our Student Scholarship and World Olympic Scholarship programs. Check out some of our recent and current graduates and what they have to say.

Dr Melissa Hoar talks about her Olympic Journey and what the World Olympic Scholarship program means to her.

Dr Jimbo Haley, 1992 Olympic athlete, talks about his remarkable story, from athlete to qualifiying as a chiropractic via this scholarship program.

Catalina Escobar Gomez is an Olympian Gymnast from Colombia. Hear from her about her amazing journey from the Olympics to becoming a world-class doctor of chiropractic through FICS World Olympian Scholarship Program.

History of the Scholarship

Where it all started:
WOSP was created by FICS following the 2000 Sydney Games, and is providing Olympian with opportunities and pathways to continue their career in sport. They get the chance to pass on their experience and knowledge to current day Olympics. The World Olympians
Association(WOA) https://olympians.org/woa/about/history/ created in 1994 by the IOC, created an association to gather all Olympians from around the world. They established 5 offices around the world to handle issues related to Olympians orpotential Olympians in that region.

This included several issues such as treatment of injuries or health care in general, education, training, etc. Miami was designated as the site from Canada to the tip of South America and the Caribbean. Liston Bochette, PhD was the person put in charge of the Office of the Americas that was located in the Biltmore Hotel in Miami.

They had a small staff which included Jose Rodriguez who has been active for 40 years or more in the athletic arena. Jose helped with the Pan American Games, the Olympic Games and was the head individual who was responsible for every detail in the Atlanta Games in 1996. In 2019, through the connections and efforts of Dr Brian Seaman (Liaison from the RCCSS(C)), the WOSP was able to establish a MOU with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), to promote the 50% scholarship at CMCC in Toronto. This is now part of the Post Olympic Program of the COC, in which the COC assists retiring Olympians transition into the post competitive stage of their lives. The request had been to increase the scholarship from 50% to 100%, however CMCC is limited by space (ie. seating) and fiscal factors. CMCC also has a 50% scholarship for an Indigenous/First Nations student.

Interesting facts about FICS involvement in program

FICS was able to send several doctors to these events at several Games which included the Pan American Games, 2001 All Mediterranean Games for one year, Central American, Caribbean Games, the Pan American Games and the Bolivariano Games.

  • One of the former Olympians working for the WOA in Miami was Dr Jimbo Haley who competed in the Pentathlon in Barcelona and finished 4th. His wife, Henrietta Onodi, whom he met at those games also helped at the office in Miami. She won a Gold medal in Gymnastics and in her second Olumpics her second Olympics, a Silver for the team medal. Neil Gardner worked in the IOC office and was an Olympian from Jamaica. He and Jimbo both took advantage of the FICS World Chiropractic Scholarship program.
  • Liston Bochette was the Secretary General of the WOA for several years and a 4‐time Olympian, 2 for the US and 2 for Puerto Rico. He is also an artist and lives in Fort Myers, FL. He established a museum there to house art from Olympians. Liston organized for FICS representative’s Dr Tom Hyde and Dr Angela Salcedo to attend several meetings in various regions. They went to Switzerland for their annual meeting and were able to speak about the Scholarship Program and Dr Salcedo also attended a meeting for the Pan American Region and others.
  • Dr Jay Greenstein, current chair of the FICS World Olympian Scholarship Program accepted the care of this program from Dr Hyde. Since 2017 Drs Greenstein and Salcedo and the rest of the commission members have worked to establish partnership with Nine (9) Colleges and Universities offering Chiropractic programs. This has allowed FICS to connect Olympians with an academic scholarship in Chiropractic.
Application Process

Start the journey from Olympic Athlete to a Chiropractic Degree today. 

  1. Take the first step to starting a chiropractic degree today. Fill in the application form below and send your transcript and cover letter which communicates why you deserve a scholarship.
  2. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. The committee of FICS World Olympic program will review your application and may contact you to have a conversation about the application.
  3. Approval stage: Once your application is approved by FICS WOSP committee they will submit your application to FICS partner as part of the vetting
    process.

If a scholarship is being awarded, the Olympian and the college makes determination the College will submit an agreement with their signature and the Olympian signature to FICS. The FICS President, FICS Chair of WOSP will countersign. FICS will issue a press release on their social media platforms announcing the placement of this scholarship.

 

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