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Josh Gibson MD Award

2022 Winner of the Josh Gibson MD Award: GRAYSON GASCA, NORWICH UNIVERSITY

About Josh Gibson MD

Josh Gibson, M.D. is now an executive coach, following a decade in management and innovation consulting as well as a previous 15-year career as a psychiatrist in private practice, during which he received numerous awards and accolades. He closed his practice in 2017. He initiated the competitive but generous Josh Gibson MD Award to extend his support to deserving and talented students throughout the country. The United States boasts some of the best but most expensive educational institutions in the world. As such, many bright students are held back from acquiring a higher education due to financial constraints. The Josh Gibson MD Award will financially support one student per year with $1,000 to use towards his/her college tuition.


December 15, 2023

Final Winner

January 31, 2023

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Josh Gibson MD Award 2021

The Josh Gibson MD Award aims to support talented, dedicated, academically brilliant, and motivated scholars with the resources they need in order to obtain a postsecondary education, and thus, excel in their academic and professional pursuits. The Josh Gibson MD Award was instituted to reward some of the most deserving students throughout the country. One of several philanthropic initiatives by Josh Gibson, this award will support one student per year with $1,000, which he/she will be able to use towards his/her college expenses.

Josh Gibson, M.D. left clinical medicine in April 2017. Currently, he is an executive and life coach. Most recently, Josh was the VP of Open Innovation and Director of People Operations at San Francisco-based Pilot 44, LLC, a venture studio that identifies and tests new solutions to client business challenges. In his role there, Josh drove projects in digital transformation, primarily in the medical and consumer sectors. Josh also has over 20 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. He has worked with Quartet Health, a mental health startup, and has nearly 15 years of experience in coaching individuals and clients on how to lead fulfilling lives through changes at the individual and organizational level.

Qualifications and Awards

Josh Gibson received the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for humanism in medicine and clinical excellence during his academic career at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he earned his medical degree. He then completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he won the Alexander Simon Award for Teaching. His insights and leadership skills also earned him the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award and a fellowship to serve at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a renowned think-tank dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs and clinical practice in mental health. Over the next decade, John served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, supervising and teaching residents. His clinical and educational activities focused on the neurobiology of relationships.

Josh Gibson MD was appointed chairman of the GAP’s Committee on Work and Organizations. In this capacity, he spearheaded editorial and writing initiatives for CAREERS, groundbreaking work in career guidance for young adults. He also authored a section of the Relationship Primer for the Workplace, included as part of the anthological work, Psychiatry of Workplace Dysfunction: Tools for Mental Health Professionals, Managers, and Employees

In his time as an English major at Cornell University, Josh Gibson received the Arthur Lynn Andrews award for fiction writing. Several top executives in corporate America today have credited Josh Gibson for helping them understand workplace dynamics and building effective high-performing teams. He has also served as a senior consultant at Andersen Consulting, the company that became Accenture. There he drove innovation in organizational behavior, logistics, delivery, process management, and education design. His clients include several Fortune 500 companies across the healthcare, financial services, and retail industries. His time working with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is widely considered the spark for his interest in the medical field.

He now resides in San Rafael, California. He is a family man and always looks to spend more time with his wife and two wonderful children. He is a music buff, and is athletically inclined, enjoying running and basketball. He is also a prolific writer, currently working hard at a poetry collection as well as a full-length novel.

A Philanthropist & a Humanitarian to the Core

The Josh Gibson MD Award has a strict selection process that is dedicated to finding innovative students, potential future leaders, and dedicated workers towards community development. Josh Gibson MD firmly believes that it is the chief responsibility of every individual to give back to society and the overall community. The Josh Gibson MD Award comprises a lump-sum one-time payment of 1000 USD to the selected scholar. Josh Gibson MD certainly understands that tuition goes much beyond this amount; however, he feels that it is a token of appreciation for the student’s determination, academic excellence, and talent that should make way for success.

How to Apply

All submissions must be sent as a PDF Document attached to an email sent to info@joshgibsonmdaward.com. Your email MUST contain each bulleted item below to be eligible and your original essay MUST be a PDF attachment. Any submission that has been aided by ChatGPT or similar AI technology will be deemed ineligible for this scholarship award.


Phone Number

Mailing Address

Email Address

Graduation Date

The college or university you are currently studying

• Your GPA

Essay Topic: Choose a book or poem that changed your mind about how you should lead your life. Explain exactly how and why it did, including steps you have already taken toward that purpose.

Last Date for Submission: December 15, 2023

The Josh Gibson MD Award has been designed to serve as an amazing opportunity for the most deserving student to accomplish his career goals and aspirations. The lucky winner of the prestigious Josh Gibson MD Award would be notified through email by January 31st, 2024. The selected student must acknowledge within one week their acceptance of the scholarship or an alternate may be chosen.