WAFP Foundation

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.

WAFP Foundation

Vision

To transform health care delivery to achieve optimal health for everyone in Washington State.

Mission & Values

To foster the advancement of family medicine in Washington State through support for workforce development, advocacy, leadership development and other special projects.

Leadership

We have a vision for the role of family medicine as the foundation of the health care system and seek to share this vision with others.

Innovation

We believe that new and creative ideas and risk‐taking can lead to positive change.

Collaboration

We believe that through partnerships, we can better leverage our resources and build on our strengths.

Stewardship

We manage our resources responsibly and are accountable to WAFP membership and other stakeholders.

Awards & Scholarships

Physicians

Vision 2020 Leadership Development

Six awards of ~ $1,500 are available to family physicians who want to support the development of their personal leadership and communication skills and to family medicine practices to support training for their team on anti-racism and/or health equity.

The funding can be applied toward a training program or course of each recipient’s choice. Interested physicians/practices may want to review available courses at the following (or other) organizations to see what may be of interest: American Association for Physician Leadership, WMSA Leadership Program, DEI trainings from the University of Washington, Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training. Resources related to health equity and anti-racism work are available from AAFP and may also be available in your community.

Physicians and practices are encouraged to request funding for trainings they are interested in that fit these topics; recipients are not limited to the examples listed above. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recipients will be notified within four weeks of their submission. For additional information or to discuss ideas, email info@wafp.net.

Residents

Travel Awards

National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) – Travel Award (Kansas City, MO)
This award pays travel expenses and registration fees for three second- and third-year residents who wish to attend the AAFP’s NCCL conference in Kansas City, MO. Joining WAFP representatives from the five identified constituencies (New Physicians, Women, Minority, LGBTQ+ and International Medical Graduates), the recipients of this leadership development award participate in matters important to the individual constituencies. Find more information here. Deadline to apply: Jan. 15, 2025

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit – Travel Award to Washington, DC
This award pays travel expenses and registration for one resident to attend the AAFP Summit in Washington, DC. During this two-day event, held each spring, attendees learn about the legislative process, hear the current priorities for family medicine, practice general advocacy skills, and meet members of Washington’s congressional delegation. Find more information here. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 FMAS

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (National Conference) and National Conference of Resident Members – Travel Award to Kansas City, MO
Two travel Awards of $1,000 for family medicine residents to attend the AAFP National Conference held every summer in Kansas City, MO. Resident attendees participate in the concurrently held Resident Congress. This is an advocacy and leadership opportunity for one resident delegate and one alternate resident Delegate from each state. These individuals attend all business sessions, represent the resident in their state before the congress, and vote in the elections. Find more information here! Deadline to apply: May 5, 2024

The event is Aug. 1-3, 2024.

Scholarship

Roy Virak Memorial Family Medicine Resident Scholarship
$1,000 awarded to two second-year residents who show evidence of outstanding patient care and strong service to their communities. A short personal statement and letter of support from the current residency make up the application. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 award

Students

Travel Awards

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (National Conference) and National Congress of Student Members (NCSM) – Travel Award to Kansas City, MO
Awards of $1,000 for medical students to attend the AAFP National Conference held every summer in Kansas City, MO. Medical students attending the conference can network with hundreds of residency programs and attend a variety of workshops designed to improve clinical skills. Held simultaneously with the National Conference, the Student Congress is an advocacy and leadership opportunity for one student delegate and one alternate student delegate from each state. These individuals attend all business sessions, represent the students in their state before the congress, and vote in the elections. Find more information here! Deadline to apply: May 5, 2024

The event is Aug. 1-3, 2024.

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit – Travel Award to Washington, DC
This award pays travel expenses and registration for one student to attend the AAFP Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. During this two-day event, held each spring, attendees learn about the legislative process, hear the current priorities for family medicine, practice general advocacy skills, and meet members of Washington’s congressional delegation. Find more information here. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 FMAS

Scholarships

Diverse Constituency Scholarship
Three $2,000 scholarships awarded to first-year medical students who represent the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community. Applicants are evaluated on an interest in primary care, financial need, and a personal statement. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 awards cycle

Alfred O. Berg, MD, Scholarship for Excellence in Family Medicine Research Scholarship
This $1,000 award encourages research in family medicine by honoring a fourth-year graduating medical student who matched into family medicine and conducted outstanding research in the specialty. Nominations are made by a faculty sponsor, and a copy of the supporting research is needed. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 awards cycle

Family Medicine Summer Research Externship
Up to $4,000 for a medical student who wishes to research a topic in family medicine. Students submit a proposal and supporting documents to the Foundation as their application. Deadline to apply: TBD for the 2025 awards cycle

Medical School Scholarships
The Foundation funds scholarships at each of Washington’s medical schools. By facilitating the careers of future family doctors, we contribute to improving the pipeline of capable and committed students and ultimately improve the quality of care to patients throughout the state. Information for each school is listed below; please contact the schools directly for more information.

  • PNWU: One scholarship awarded to a fourth-year medical student. The scholarship applications open and applications are accepted in March. The scholarship is awarded by PNWU’s Scholarship Committee in April. See https://www.pnwu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships/
  • University of Washington: Two fourth-year medical students applying to family medicine residencies are selected by UWSOM faculty to receive $2,000. Recipients are notified each spring. See https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/
  • Washington State University: One scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to a medical student who has an interest in specializing in family medicine. For more information and timing of the scholarship, please contact Kelly Demand, director of financial education and scholarship support, at kdemand@wsu.edu or 509-335-0583.

To learn more about scholarships associated with the Family Medicine Leads program, please visit the AAFP Foundation's website.

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WAFP Foundation Board of Directors

Molly Hong, MD, FAAFP
Molly Hong, MD, FAAFP
President
 
Port Townsend, WA
Kristin Larson, MD
Kristin Larson, MD
Vice President
 
Yakima, WA
Farion Williams, MD
Farion Williams, MD
Secretary
 
Richland, WA
Michael Luce, MD, FAAFP
Michael Luce, MD, FAAFP
Treasurer
 
Dayton, WA
Tobe Harberd, MD, FAAFP
Tobe Harberd, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
 
Chelan, WA
Jessica Bloom
Jessica Bloom, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Bellingham, WA
Po-Shen Chang, MD, FAAFP
Po-Shen Chang, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Longview, WA
Hang Chau-Glendinning, DO
Hang Chau-Glendinning, DO
Director
 
Olympia, WA
Patricia Egwautu
Patricia Egwuatu, DO
Director
 
Seattle, WA
Julia Hamilton, DO
Julia Hamilton, DO
Director
 
Olympia, WA
Natalia Luera, MD, FAAFP
Natalia Luera, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Richland, WA
Laramie Lunday, MD
Laramie Lunday, MD
Director
 
Tacoma, WA
Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP
Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Yakima, WA
Jennifer Maxwell, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Jennifer Maxwell, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Director
 
Yakima, WA
Zoe Bartynski
Zoe Bartynski, MD
Resident Trustee
 
Vancouver, WA
Sankalp Katta, OMS-2
Sankalp Katta, OMS-2
Student Trustee
 
Bellevue, WA

The WAFP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; donations to its philanthropic fund are generally tax-deductible. The WAFP Foundation can also accept funds directed by a will or trust.