American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Ruth Fox Endowment Memorial Fund

Awards & Scholarships

Ruth Fox Endowment Memorial Fund


The Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund secures ASAM’s efforts to overcome challenges related to addiction in the future. Support for the fund ensures that, regardless of future circumstances, ASAM will have the financial strength to:

  • Educate future physicians-in-training in addiction medicine 
  • Provide solutions to mitigate the devastating impact of addiction on our families, communities, nation, and around the globe
  • Support our community of medical professionals treating addiction, and
  • Pursue opportunities to grow and expand

To make a gift or create a memorial tribute please email or call 301-547-4140.

“I was really fortunate to get the scholarship at a time when I was really interested in addiction medicine and really interested in ASAM. It exposed me to an entire career that I wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to as a medical student. It really solidified the interest in addiction medicine that I already had. It gave it a tangibility.”  - ASAM President-Elect Brian Hurley, MD, DFASAM


Each year, donors at or above the Bronze giving level are honored at an invitation-only reception during the ASAM Annual Conference.  

Giving Recognition Levels

  • Luminary Circle - $100,000 - and above

  • Diamond Circle - $75,000 - $99,999

  • Platinum Circle - $50,000 - $74,999

  • Gold Circle - $25,000 - $49,999

  • Silver Circle - $15,000 - $24,999

  • Bronze Circle - $5,000 - $14,999

Donation Options

By Mail:

Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund, ASAM
11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852

All contributions to the Endowment Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For information on making a pledge or to discuss other types of gifts, please contact Rebecca Yannopoulos, CFRE at 301.392.2401 or



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About Dr. Ruth Fox

In 1990, ASAM leadership made a promise to honor the legacy of Dr. Ruth Fox by establishing The Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund with a goal to raise $10 million.

To date, the endowment has raised $3.6 million and helped more than 300 physicians-in-training learn about the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.

Dr. Fox, a psychoanalyst, who in 1959 became the first medical director of The National Council on Alcoholism, an agency devoted to alcoholism prevention. She was a native New Yorker, performed pioneering research on the use of Antabuse, a chemical used widely in alcoholism treatment today. She was founder and first president of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies in 1954.

The Ruth Fox Endowment Fund builds a sustainable funding source to support the organization's ability to respond to major changes and pursue opportunities to grow and expand while member dues and other revenue sources provide resources to carry out the organization's ongoing body of work.