In the fall of 2005, a grateful patient of acupuncture, Trudy McAlister, became interested in donating to a scholarship program for students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. When she discovered that there was no scholarship fund for students of acupuncture, she decided she would start one. Trudy’s idea was that a national scholarship fund should be established, and then she and others could help students by donating to the Fund. She also decided to endow the fund with a percentage from her final estate along with donations she has given each year. That same year, Trudy received the Patient of the Year Award from the AAOM for her philanthropic work.
Trudy’s dream of a scholarship fund became a reality. Trudy has contributed thousands of dollars to the fund to the benefit of the awardees that receive the scholarships each hear.
The following video was recorded on Trudy’s 102nd birthday in 2015. Just ten days short of her 103rd birthday, Trudy made her transition. We are so grateful to this kind and generous human being for all she did with her life in service to others.
2015 Interview with Trudy McAlister
In 2010, another grateful patient, Mary Hecht, contributed a large portion of her estate to the Foundation upon her passing. As other individuals, AOM businesses and institutions donate to the fund, the scholarships increase in numbers and amounts.
The purpose of the Foundation is to help support students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine who attend ACAOM accredited schools or ‘candidate’ schools in the United States studying for their First Professional Degree, and for support of research and related activities that promote the advancement of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
One of the goals of the Foundation is to increase the number of scholarships and the amounts of the awards. Of course this greatly depends upon donations. The Foundation has given scholarships to deserving students each year since 2007.
The Trudy McAlister Foundation is a public non-profit organization [501(c)(3)]. All donations are tax-deductible up to the fullest extent of the tax code.
This is Trudy’s autobiography, which has been posted here for all to download and enjoy.
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