Awards and scholarships at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) support learners and educators, honor those who advocate for family medicine and recognize volunteers who make our world a better place.

By establishing a named award or scholarship, you can have a lasting impact on the future of family medicine. You can help us create learning opportunities that would not otherwise exist, provide seed funding for promising research or develop programs to improve the health of our community.

To donate to our awards and scholarships, or learn how to help start a new one, please contact Jerome Garrett, MBA, FACHE, Director, Business Services (email:

Brillman Medical Scholarship Fund (#132583890)

This fund supports several awards in honor of Lester Brillman, MD, who practiced family medicine in Beloit, Wisconsin, for over 60 years.

  • The Brillman Scholar Award recognizes a graduating fourth-year student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) who is planning a career in family medicine and who demonstrates excitement and involvement in the specialty.
  • The Brillman Leadership and Advocacy Award recognizes a graduating fourth-year student at the UW SMPH who demonstrates ongoing and consistent leadership within family medicine, and who participates in advocacy efforts that foster family medicine—locally, nationally or globally.
  • Family Medicine Educational Conference Scholarships support UW SMPH students who participate in family medicine educational conferences; who present family medicine research; or who receive an award at a state, regional or national conference.
  • The Family Medicine Educational Mentor Award recognizes the contributions of faculty and community preceptors in small towns or rural communities who nurture and sustain medical student interest in family medicine.

Compassion in Action Awards Fund (#132580098)

These awards, created by Dr. Zorba and Penny Paster, recognize medical students, who in the course of their medical education, developed, implemented or improved health care in a disadvantaged community in the U.S. or abroad.

Jan Ashe Memorial Award for Excellence Fund in Community Radiography (#132584043)

This award honors Jan Ashe, a radiographer at the UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center who died in 2004 from breast cancer. It recognizes a student from the UW Hospital and Clinics-sponsored School of Radiologic Technology who displays technical skills, an ability to communicate with patients and a cooperative team spirit with co-workers.

Joyce F. Jeardeau Family Medicine Memorial Scholarship Fund (#132580335)

Joyce Jeardeau was the student programs coordinator for the DFMCH for many years. Her enthusiasm, drive, and creativity were the vital forces that made our Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) a national program of excellence for six years in a row. She was the heart and soul of FMIG and was a champion for medical students – both for their education and for their personal wellbeing. The fund was established in Joyce’s memory by her husband, David Jeardeau, to assist medical students with the cost of their education. A scholarship in Joyce’s name will be awarded annually to one graduating University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health student who has a demonstrated record of leadership and excellence.

McGovern Family Memorial (Isabel McGovern Kerr) Fund (#132582206)

This fund honors second-year medical students or second- or third-year family medicine residents who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community service, outreach, and leadership. It also honors the remarkable spirit and service of Michele Tracy, a second-year medical student who was killed during an educational service program in Malawi, Africa, in July 1999.

Robert F. and Irma K. Korbitz Endowed Scholarship Fund in Family Medicine (#132584438)

This scholarship provides financial support for third- or fourth-year medical students who show a strong interest in the field of family medicine.

Vogel Foundation Award Fund (#112586482)

The award recognizes one or more fourth-year medical students who are planning to pursue a career in family medicine with an emphasis on providing care for underserved populations.

Dr. Martin and Charlotte Gallagher Scholarship for Prolotherapy (#112580003)

This scholarship advances the practice of prolotherapy in family medicine through educational, research, and/or clinical skill-building opportunities for residents, fellows and/or practicing clinicians in the field of family medicine.

Download information sheet about this award (PDF)

William E. Scheckler, MD, Research Awards Fund in Family Medicine (#132583093)

This award honors research excellence by recognizing the best paper(s) published in a peer-reviewed journal by a DFMCH faculty, fellow or resident in the previous calendar year.

Jeff Patterson-Mary Doherty Award for Activism (#132588185)

This award recognizes an individual or group at the DFMCH’s Madison Family Medicine Residency Program for making substantial contributions to promoting healthier and more resilient communities—locally, nationally or internationally.

Download information sheet about this award (PDF)