Grants & Scholarships – old

Since becoming a grant-making organization in 1992, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has given over 445 grants to community organizations totaling more than $13.5 million to conduct projects or programs related to the health needs of the citizens of Miami-Dade County. 

The Foundation also provides scholarships to medical and nursing students at local colleges and universities.

Programs and projects are funded, depending upon the budget, in the $5,000 to $50,000 range with an occasional exception for a program that the Board of Trustees finds particularly meritorious. Consistent successful applicants over the years include:

  • Camp Boggy Creek to fund seriously ill campers from Miami-Dade County
  • Coral Gables Women’s Club for its support of the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic
  • Hearing Research Institute to provide hearing aids to under served populations
  • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired for vision screenings and eye examinations in the Heiken Children’s Vision Program
  • Nova Southeastern University to support a dental clinic in North Miami Beach

Plus new programs each year.  For a full list of 2018 grantees, click here.

Students from South Florida who are preparing for careers in healthcare compete for scholarships provided by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation. Granted in memory of former board members  —Dr. Harold Norman, Dr. George Mekras, Dr. Frederick Poppe, and Edmund Russo—medical and nursing students following local universities are annually awarded scholarships :

  • Barry University College of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing
  • Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

The Foundation also has endowed a research scholarship at the University of Miami Miller Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine to honor Dr. Louis “Skip” Elsas, the first director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Center for Medical Genetics who passed away. Students interested in learning more about the scholarships should inquire at their school for the criteria and to make application. 

The Foundation does not accept applications directly for scholarships.

The Foundation is proud to provide grants and scholarships that contribute to the well-being of our community, touch future generations, and inspire others to make their communities—and their world—a better place.  For more information on applying for a grant, click here.

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Our 2018 Grantees

  • 1
    A Chance for Therapy – Act4Me
  • 2
    Camp Boggy Creek
  • 3
    Canine Assisted Therapy
  • 4
    Caring For Miami
  • 5
    Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Dental Clinic
  • 6
    Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
  • 7
    Good Hope Equestrian Training Center
  • 8
    Hearing Research Institute 
  • 9
    Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Heiken Children’s Vision Program
  • 10
    Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  • 11
    Open Door Health Center
  • 12
    The Sundari Foundation – Lotus House
  • 13
    Teach For America
  • 14
    United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida Charter Schools
  • 15
    The Victory Center
  • 16
    Wounded Veterans Relief Fund