A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Grant
Caroline S. Mark
William B. Mark
William B. Mark was an engineer by training who, along with his wife, Caroline, formed the A. Ward Ford Foundation named in honor of Caroline’s grandfather, Austin Ward Ford, who was a pioneer in the early business machine industry.
After attending an industrial laser conference, Bill Mark became interested in the possible medical use of lasers. With the foundation medical director, Dr. Ellet Drake, a number of other like-minded individuals, and a generous grant from Caroline and the A. Ward Ford Foundation, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) was founded with the first annual meeting in 1981. The Society had a unique concept where all interested parties including physicians, nurses and other clinicians, researchers, industrial and government representatives could meet and share their research and teaching for the benefit of medical care.
Bill Mark died in 1980, but under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Drake the Society grew and developed into the premier organization we know today.
If Bill Mark was the brains, and Ellet Drake the heart of the Society, Caroline Mark was the soul. She was a lady of significant means, which she used wisely and generously, but she was also a lady of intelligence and integrity. She believed in the value of education and the benefit of research which she supported throughout her lifetime. She gave encouragement and formed many lasting friendships in her continued support of the Society.
Research, education, and the friendship of sharing was the nature of Caroline Mark and this is, and continues to be, the basis of the Society. The A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Grant is the continued legacy of Bill and Caroline Mark, and their contribution to the laser medical field.
Support for this project is provided by the A. Ward Ford Memorial Institute Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.
Applications are accepted through the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin’s online application system. The Community Foundation serves as administrators of the endowed A. Ward Ford Memorial Institute Fund. To register on the online grant system and to complete your application, visit their website at www.cfoncw.org and follow the prompts to the “Grants and Scholarship” page, and click on the “Apply Online” button. Once you have registered, you will see a menu of Foundation grant opportunities; choose the A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Grant to begin filling out your form.
Research Grant Awards: Grants up to $65,000 may be awarded for one year
Application Deadline: June 1
Notification: Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June
Project Completion: The grants are available for projects to be completed between July 1 of the application year and June 30 of the following year. Applicants may receive an extension to complete the research if requested and approved by the grant review committee.
Guidelines: A. Ward Ford Grant Guidelines (pdf)
Questions or requests for further information can be directed to:
Dr. William Owen, Chair
A. Ward Ford Memorial Research Grant Committee | Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin
500 1st Street, Suite 2600, Wausau, WI 54403
715-845-9555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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