Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award

A.T. Still University

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. With campuses in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz., it is renowned for its preeminence as a multidisciplinary healthcare educator. Its schools include Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, College of Graduate Health Studies, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

This award honors ATSU’s partnership with Truman State University which has resulted in a long history of shared success. Strong relationships founded on points of mutual interest illustrate the impact of collaboration. For example, ATSU has partnered with Truman to develop twin online master’s degrees in school counseling and mental health counseling providing its significant expertise in online learning, marketing, and student support.

The Interprofessional Healthcare Program, which creates opportunities for nursing, health, and communication disorders students, is coordinated with ATSU for the experience of interprofessional healthcare education. In addition, Truman’s Department of Nursing recently received a Nursing Education Incentive Program grant with plans to partner with ATSU to design and set up simulated mental health scenarios using standardized patients.

Through active participation in clinical and biomedical research experiences, ATSU’s Clinician Researcher Development Program provides mentorship to Truman students. ATSU and Truman have also collaborated on the House Calls Program, wherein Truman students work with faculty and staff from ATSU to visit elderly volunteer patients within the community.

Another partnership, the Pre-Med/Med Accelerated Track Program, also known as the “3+4” program, allows students to enter ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine after just three years at Truman enabling them to complete their medical studies within seven years. A related program, the Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program, is also designed to provide admission opportunities to outstanding students who aspire to become osteopathic physicians.

ATSU is one of the key partners for Truman’s Greenwood Project which is designed to meet the needs of children and families in northeast Missouri via an inter-professional autism clinic. This ongoing project includes plans to repurpose the former Greenwood Elementary School, a historic building on the northeast edge of the Truman campus. ATSU is helping Truman develop a pilot program that will permit a small-scale offering of services while efforts continue to support the renovation of the building.

Students in Truman’s Human Anatomy course have access to ATSU’s Human Anatomy Laboratory which assists in the understanding of the interrelationship of the human body’s systems and structures. There is also an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students who have completed the Human Anatomy course to gain valuable experience working as teaching assistants in the laboratory.

ATSU and Truman also share resources to provide educational opportunities for high school students interested in exploring healthcare professions. These programs allow students to experience first-hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health professions.

About the Award

Corporations, businesses, foundations, and organizations have discovered that investing in Truman State University is also investing in their future, and the Corporation/Foundation Award recognizes corporations, foundations, and organizations for exemplary support to the University and its students. Some examples of collaborative efforts include recruitment of Truman interns and graduates, participation in lectures and seminars, intellectual exchanges, research alliances and financial support. The award is presented at the Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus each year.


  • 2018: Not Awarded
  • 2017: The Presser Foundation
  • 2016: EY
  • 2015: Shelter Insurance Companies
  • 2014: Northeast Missouri State Bank
  • 2013: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2012: Sodexo
  • 2011: State Farm Insurance
  • 2010: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2009: RiteCare Valley of Columbia
  • 2008: Truman Bookstore-Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
  • 2007: The Boeing Company
  • 2006: AT&T