A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE WASHINGTON OSTEOPATHIC FOUNDATION
No matter how long it’s been since you attended osteopathic medical school, you probably remember how difficult it could be for you and/or your classmates to study and worry about how you were going to afford tuition, books and living expenses.
The Washington Osteopathic Foundation (WOF) was organized to support osteopathic education and training in Washington State. The WOF board started a loan program in 1971 that not only assists the students; it provides an incentive in the form of low interest rates to those who practice in Washington upon completion of their training. Several of you have taken advantage of this program. In addition to our loan program, the WOF also provides several scholarships.
Over the last forty-nine years the program has been able to sustain itself with the repayment of loans and the auction at WOMA’s annual convention. Due to Covid-19 the auction was cancelled this year. The Foundation has also had difficulty with loan recipients repaying their loans in a timely manner due to Covid-19’s effect on their financial situation. In addition to student loans, WOF is reprioritizing its focus on scholarships and CME support.
I am writing to you today to ask you to consider a tax-deductible contribution to the WOF to help continue its support of osteopathic education in Washington state. Contributions this year are 955% below budget and we could sure use your help.
If you can help, please complete and return the donation form with your check or credit card information. All contributions made this year will be acknowledged in the January Edition of the Washington DO News You Can Use and on WOMA’s website.
Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
David L. Lukens, DO, President
Washington Osteopathic Foundation