The largest organization of physicians in Colorado, CMS champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado.

The Colorado Medical Society Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, was founded in 1982 to support educational activities in Colorado.

In recent years, funding has been used to:

  • Provide financial support to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair through a donation of $1,000 yearly
  • Support the educational portions of the CMS Annual Meeting, and
  • Identify deserving first-year students entering the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Rocky Vista University by awarding each scholarship recipient approximately $5,000 to be used for their tuition. To receive a scholarship a student must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement during his/her undergraduate years, have significant financial need, and express a desire to enter one of the primary care specialties and practice in an underserved urban or rural area.

Since 1989 the CMS EF has awarded 36 scholarships to first-year CU medical students amounting to over $144,000. The recipients of these scholarships, your future colleagues, greatly appreciate your help. Since 1992, we have provided $7,500 to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair.

Our success is dependent on donations from the membership of CMS. Donations are tax-deductible, and 99.9 percent of donations we receive go directly to these educational initiatives.

There are several ways you may donate.

  • In 2002 the “In Appreciation of” program was started. For a contribution to the CMS EF of $25 or more, you can give a donation in the name of someone you wish to honor or remember. This is a gift that will keep on giving for many years. Your contribution is tax-deductible, the person in whose name the gift is made will receive a special certificate recognizing him/her on this occasion, and the student receiving the scholarship will benefit greatly by your help.
  • You or your organization may sponsor a scholarship.
  • Ask your financial advisor if you might be able to support CMS EF as part of your estate planning.

Leave a legacy. Please join your fellow physicians in investing in the future of our profession.

For more information, contact Kate Alfano at kate_alfano@cms.org.