The Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund was established in 2004 by the APhA Addiction Practitioner Interest Group (PInG) (now known as the APhA Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG) in honor of Ron Williams who served as the long-time coordinator of the Pharmacy Section at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.
As a member of the APhA Staff from 1968 until 1998, Ron devoted his untiring attention to improve the health and careers of pharmacists who suffer from alcohol and drug dependencies. During his career, Williams was instrumental in the development of Pharmacist Recovery Programs (PRNs) that assist pharmacists and student pharmacists who have become impaired by dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Due to Ron’s efforts, countless lives have been saved throughout the years.
The memorial fund, building off of initial contributions made by the members of the APhA Addiction PInG and administered by the APhA Foundation, provides two (2) $1,000 scholarships annually to student pharmacists attending the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scholarship recipients will be required to prepare a one-page publishable report for Student Pharmacist magazine on their experiences at the APhA Institute.
Applicants must be a member of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), provide a letter of intent (750 words) describing why they wish to receive the scholarship, what they expect to gain from attending the school, and how they intend to incorporate the knowledge of addiction and recovery into their academic experience and future practice. The Selection Committee will select recipients based on careful review of completed materials.
Applications for the scholarships are available online and are due no later than 11:59pm (PST) March 15, 2015. Please visit the following link to complete the online application:
We encourage you to make a donation to the APhA Foundation Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund! Tax deductible gifts to The Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund can be made online through a secure Internet connection on the APhA Foundation Web page. Please specify that your gift is for this fund.
Gifts can be also be sent via U.S. Mail to:
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(Please note “Williams Fund” on check) or by phone through contacting the APhA Foundation at 202-429-7565.
The mission of the APhA Foundation is to improve people's health through pharmacists' patient care services. The APhA Foundation looks to create a new medication use system where patients, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals collaborate to dramatically improve the cost effectiveness and quality of patient health outcomes.
The APhA Foundation is America’s most trusted source of research demonstrating how pharmacists can improve health care. For over 60 years, they have consistently proven that patient health outcomes are positively impacted by pharmacists. The Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the APhA, the oldest and largest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States established in 1852.