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First Annual Founder's Award Luncheon

On May 31, 2001, the first annual National Medical Fellowships Founder's Award Luncheon saluted Dr. Cornelius L. Hopper, an extraordinary individual, highly respected by his peers, who has made major contributions to medicine and academia. We were also honored to have Dr. Mark Smith, president of the California HealthCare Foundation, as our keynote speaker.

Since its inception, NMF has expanded its mission and its program portfolio. In 1994, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation awarded NMF funds to institute the Arthur Ashe Program in AIDS Care, which operates out of the Harvard AIDS Institute. Three years later, the California HealthCare Foundation provide funds to enable NMF to expand its need-based scholarship program for California students, open a website, and increase its funding base through a challenging grant. At the time, about 10 percent of NMF funds were being channeled to California residents. This past year, California residents received 15 percent of all award dollars.

It was obvious that NMF needed to open a branch office in California, and in 1999 we launched operations in the Bay Area to provide needed services and support to California medical students and the community at large.

We thank Dr. Hopper and Dr. Smith for their advice and counsel regarding our plans to begin a national Fellows Academy for current and former NMF Scholars, and to expand the Ashe Program to the University of San Francisco AIDS Research Institute (ARI). The Fellows Academy had its inaugural meeting last November, and ARI will have its first cohort of Ashe Fellows shortly.

Thanks to all of you who have provided such generous support and made NMF so welcome in California. We are appreciative of your help in building partnerships and look forward to expanding our efforts in this magnificent state.

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