Sponsorship & Support

Our scholarship programs rely on the generous contributions from AOM Schools and supporting businesses and individuals.

Schools, click anywhere on this page you see a link for ‘Sponsor Schools’ to complete the form.

Individuals and companies who believe in the value of supporting AOM’s future practitioners, click below to make a donation today.

Sponsor Schools ($200/yr min):

    • These schools additionally qualify their top three applicants for a special scholarship.
    • Our Sponsor Schools work with us to provide additional scholarship opportunities to their students.


Please join us in celebrating our sponsors.


State Organization Sponsors

This year we began a new program, inviting state AOM organizations to sponsor and help us encourage top scholars to step into active roles in their state’s professional organizations. This program was launched by one of our top scholars from last year, Cassondra Pavlatos. We are very grateful to her and Florida State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA) for stepping up to get this fund started.

School Sponsors

This year, we were able to grant these awards thanks to the following AOM Schools. We hope annual support of this program becomes the norm for ALL 54 AOM Schools. This will enable us to add one special $10,000 award. This is our goal, and we can only do it with your support!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to our seven sponsoring schools:

2023 School Sponsors

These schools are true leaders in supporting much-needed scholarship opportunities for all AOM students.

2022 School Sponsors

2021 School Sponsors

2020 School Sponsors

2019 School Sponsors


2018 School Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors $10,000+

Platinum sponsors will receive all acknowledgements, plus we will create with you an additional essay question for our annual applications and award the top scholar with the best essay a special award in your name.

Past Platinum Sponsors:

  • Trudy McAlister
  • Mary HechtThese two women were patients of AOM. They are the reason Dr. Bruno was able to establish this scholarship foundation, and to date remain our two largest donors. They are a shining examples of what an individual can do to help support AOM scholars and practitioners. We hope more individuals and organizations will follow their lead, and help us continue with our mission.

Gold Sponsors $2,000+

Gold sponsors receive all the acknowledgements of silver sponsors, plus they are named in one of our scholar awards.

Past Gold Sponsors:

  • Golden Flower Chinese Herbs  has been providing practitioners with high-quality traditional and innovative herbal formulas since 1990. For your convenience, we also carry a complete line of acupuncture needles and supplies.

Golden Flower has been sponsoring us annually for a decade! We are so grateful for their ongoing support!

Silver Sponsors $200+

Silver sponsors receive acknowledgement each year on our website, social media platforms, and our marketing materials sent to all AOM schools and their students.

  • Heather George, DSOM, LAc  Dr. George won our scholarship in 2015, then became our first volunteer student representative on our Board. In 2016 she agreed to become the Executive Director and is dedicated to ‘paying it forward’ by growing this foundation in every way possible to support those taking on significant financial debt in order to pursue their studies and commitments to practicing this medicine.
  • Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc
  • Martin Herbkersman

LAc Sponsors:

Once we have enough LAc’s working with us, we will make scholarships available for continuing education opportunities to U.S. licensed AOM practitioners.

We will thank our ‘LAc Sponsors’ here.


All donations to the Trudy McAlister Foundation are tax deductible and contribute towards helping students cover the costs of their education.

How to donate…

If you would like to donate to the Foundation, the easiest way is through Zeffy. Simply use the button below.

If you would prefer to donate by check, please use the address below:

Trudy McAlister Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 549
Canby, OR 97013

To become a new sponsor, please contact us by phone or email and Thank You in advance for your support!