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 chemical 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) $500 scholarships annually to student pharmacists attending the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other 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 University of Utah.
Applications for the scholarships are available online and are due no later than 11:59pm (PST) February 15, 2014. Please visit the following link to complete the online application:
Make a donation to the 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, in Washington, DC, is affiliated with APhA, the oldest and largest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States. The APhA Foundation provides innovative programs and projects that contribute to new information and fresh ideas for pharmacists to use in retooling their practices to satisfy the contemporary health needs of their patients.