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Under Represented Minority Scholarships

As of 11.25.2020, all donations made to the KCMS Community Foundation will be directed to the Underrepresented Minority in Medicine Scholars Award (URM):

Currently, the Society Community Foundation is offering scholarships to support URM medical students. The Society Community Foundation acknowledges the historical and enduring effects of racism against Black and Indigenous people as well as other People of Color in our society. We acknowledge the unique structural challenges that URMs face during medical training and throughout their careers. The Medical Society believes that diversity and inclusion in medicine remain critical to improving health care for all.

The Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee will review and consider factors, including but not limited to financial need, personal statement, academic achievement, community, and public service, and involvement and/or interest in public health or health disparities work.

Eligible students are in their second or third year of medical school and meet AAMC URM criteria. All academic scholarships shall be awarded for use in an academic degree-granting medical school program at a medical school in Washington State that is accredited by The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), part of the U.S. Department of Education, leading to the M.D. degree in the United States, or The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), leading to a D.O. degree in the United States.

Scholarships will be awarded annually based on funds raised by the Society Community Foundation. The guidelines that the Society Community Foundation will rely upon in evaluating requests for scholarship funds and making scholarship awards can be found HERE.  Scholarships will be consistent with and awarded in compliance with all Society Community Foundation policies and purposes.

Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine Scholarship –

DONATE HERE to support the Minority Scholars Award provided by the Society Community Foundation and help fulfill our commitment to cultivating a diverse and culturally competent workforce by ensuring access to medical education for students from underrepresented minority groups.

Your financial support will enable the Society’s Community Foundation to award tuition scholarships to break down one of the most common barriers for minority physicians. By donating you can help enhance the quality of patient care, bring greater diversity to physician education and the healthcare industry.

Selection Criteria:

The AAMC defines underrepresented in medicine as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”

Medical students are defined as full-time students who are currently enrolled in an accredited medical school program leading to the M.D. or D.O. degree in the United States.

Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee* will review and consider factors, including but not limited to: financial need, personal statement, academic achievement, community, and public service, and involvement and/or interest in public health or health disparities work.

*The Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee consists of the Scholarship Committee, KCMS CEO, and may consist of KCMS Board of Trustees Members and community partners.

King County Medical Society Community Foundation

The King County Medical Society has created the Community Foundation which is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization formed in order to:

  • Provide scholarship funds to medical students through its educational and charitable giving,
  • Help unify organizations to improve the health of the people in and around King County,
  • Continue the Society’s enduring commitment to advance both the profession of medicine and the caring and concern of the physician-patient relationship,
  • Create a lasting legacy for the King County Medical Society.

Specific programs that the Community Program offers are:

  • Education: The Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary financial needs of medical students. In response to the financial shortcomings faced by a majority of medical students, the Society’s Community Foundation is planning on issuing several scholarships each year.
  • Community: The Community Program will seek opportunities to promote civic responsibility through community charitable gifts, development, outreach and volunteerism.
  • History: Preserving and maintaining the rich history of medicine and public health in King County through education, special programs will continue to be a priority for the Community Foundation.

Funding the Scholarship Program

Guidelines for Establishing A Scholarship with the King County Medical Society Community Foundation

Ways to Give in order to assist students and leave a legacy to future physicians:

I. Cash: please click here to donate directly to the scholarship fund.
II. Grateful Patients Program: Do you have patients that would like to do something special for you? Send them to this page and they can donate in your name to the scholarship program. Do your patients have a story that they’d like to share? We would love to highlight these fundraising events in our monthly newsletter. Contact info@kcmsociety.org
III. Grateful Family Program: Encourage family and friends to donate directly to the scholarship fund on your birthday, your retirement, or in memory of a loved one. Each personalized fundraising effort provides the opportunity to make more physicians aware of the opportunity to support our mission.
IV. Give Through Your Will: Leaving a portion of an estate to the Community Foundation is one of the greatest ways you can impact their community long past your lifetime. We work directly with Professional Advisors to help members leave a legacy that can make a difference for generations to come.
V. Give in Memory: One lasting way to remember a loved one is to establish a fund in their memory. Memorial gifts are collected on the behalf of the family and we work with the family to determine how best to honor your loved one. This can mean establishing a scholarship in their name and/or with specific criteria set out by you.
VI. Create a named scholarship through the King County Medical Society Community Foundation. It’s a truly meaningful way to honor family and friends. But how?

Step 1: Establish an endowed scholarship
Endowed Scholarships
We urge you to work with our friendly staff to create an endowed scholarship in the name of a loved one, or yourself! These funds are designed to be permanent and perpetual and can be created with gifts totaling a minimum amount of $25,000, contributed in full at the outset or with an initial commitment that is added to over time until the endowment level of $25,000 is attained. The principal of the fund is invested to produce income, and an annual award is made to a student/s. The principal remains untouched, so the endowment can last into perpetuity.

Step 2: Establish Scholarship Criteria
As a scholarship donor, you choose the name of the scholarship as well as the criteria. The King County Medical Society Community Foundation staff is available to help you create the criteria for your scholarship. Endowed scholarships from the Foundation are awarded to deserving students based upon area of interest, leadership potential, community involvement, merit, academic achievement and/or other criteria…whatever you identify as the criteria. It is your scholarship to craft with our help, of course.

Step 3: Administration of Scholarship Funds
A selection committee carefully reviews the scholarship applications submitted by students and selects the most deserving recipient(s) based on the donor-established criteria.
Major contributors of a scholarship fund are notified annually when the scholarship recipient(s) has been selected and are informed of the name and hometown of the recipient, as well as the amount of the award. If so desired, the recipient and donor are able to meet.

Tax Benefits of Funding a Scholarship

An outright gift in the form of cash or appreciated securities will allow you to receive immediate tax benefits in the year you make the gift to the King County Medical Society Community Foundation. In the case of appreciated securities, you may also avoid capital gains taxes.
You can also provide for your scholarship in your estate plans. Estate gifts or planned gifts are an easy way to establish a scholarship without affecting your current income or assets.

Contact CEO, Nancy L. Belcher directly for more information: 206.621.9396 or nbelcher@kcmsociety.org

FAQs

How are King County Medical Society Community Foundation scholarships named?
The major benefactor of a scholarship establishes the scholarship name. You can establish a scholarship in your own name or choose to name it for a friend, family member, organization or a favorite faculty member.

How are the selection criteria established for the scholarship I am establishing?
You can help establish the scholarship criteria by expressing your intentions for the award. The Society’s Community Foundation staff will draft the scholarship criteria according to your specifications and present it to you for your approval.

How are Society Community Foundation scholarships awarded?
Foundation scholarships for current students will be advertised on our website and applications collected online. A selection committee will carefully review each application and select the most deserving recipient(s) based on the established criteria.

Will I receive notification when a student is awarded the scholarship?
You will be notified annually when the scholarship recipient(s) has been selected. You will be informed of the name and hometown of the recipient, as well as the amount of the award and status of the fund. Your scholarship will also be recognized in our annual report.