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In 1990, the Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation, Inc. (Motyka Dannin Foundation) was formed at the initiative of the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA). Its mission is to raise and distribute funds primarily in support of the study of Osteopathic Medicine. This includes scholarships, grants for research, seminars, and similar programs.

By 2013 – 2014, the Motyka Dannin Foundation had awarded $84,500 in forgivable loans to 63 students from Indiana. Of those, 19 students had received forgivable loans two times. Determined to do more each year, restructuring of the Motyka Dannin Foundation became a high priority of the IOA in 2015.

With the reorganization, we set a goal of raising $100,000 by May of 2017 and awarding our first forgivable loan in the amount of $10,000 the same year. We achieved that goal and selected our first recipient in April of 2017. Adam Davis is a second year student at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our aspiration is to become the premier scholarship opportunity for Indiana’s osteopathic medical students and to ensure our top notch students continue to practice in Indiana.

To qualify for a forgivable loan, students must:

  • Be an Indiana resident who is attending an osteopathic medical school in the United States or a student of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Be a member of the Indiana Osteopathic Association.
  • Be enrolled as a second or third year medical student in good standing.
  • Present two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit an application that includes an essay and list of accomplishments.
  • Intend to practice in Indiana following completion of a residency in family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, general pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) for not less than 24 months.

Your generous support will also allow us to continue awarding forgivable loans and providing opportunities for students to attend IOA CME meetings, attend DO Day on the Hill sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), attend the AOA House of Delegates, and identify other useful initiatives for our students and members.

Individual Lifetime Giving Levels

  • $250 - $999 (MDF logo pin)
  • $1,000- $1,999 (MDF logo pin and 1 star)
  • $2,000 -$2,999 (MDF logo pin and 2 stars)
  • $3,000 - $3,999 (MDF logo pin and 3 stars)
  • $4,000 - $4,999 (MDF logo pin and 4 stars)
  • 5,000 and over (Specially designed pin)

Individual Giving Benefits

  • Lapel pin
  • Lifetime giving recognition on website and in publications
  • Donor only receptions at IOA CME meetings
  • Annual luncheon with forgivable loan recipient
  • Complimentary registration at IOA CME meeting of choice with an annual donation of $2,500

Corporate Giving Level

  • $15,000 (Can be disbursed over three years.)

Corporate Giving Benefit

  • Complimentary exhibit space at IOA CME meetings
  • Complimentary half page ads in publications as well as in programs at IOA CME meetings
  • Recognition on website and in publications
  • Donor only receptions at IOA CME meetings
  • Annual luncheon with forgivable loan recipient



Daniel Motyka, D.O., from Crown Point, IN, was one of the IOA’s most dedicated members to developing successful CME meetings. Dr. Motyka’s mission was to provide and maintain the highest possible education for Indiana’s osteopathic physicians and the surrounding state’s D.O.s.

Arthur Dannin, D.O., from Frankfort, IN, was focused on the osteopathic student. He worked tirelessly with the Indiana General Assembly to pass education friendly legislation, guided students on their paths in medicine, and began some of the initial talks to develop an osteopathic medical school in Indiana.

(The Motyka Dannin Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.)