Awards & Grants

Nancy Walton Pugh Advocacy Award & Fund

Nancy Walton Pugh Advocacy Award

This award was established to recognize outstanding efforts by a pediatric resident(s) whose efforts have led to the improved health and well-being of children and is awarded in recognition of an outstanding advocacy project initiated and implemented during residency.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Nancy Walton Pugh, who was a member of the UVA General Pediatrics faculty from 1998-2003. With every patient encounter, Dr. Walton demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the care of her patients, compassion, and a willingness to advocate in whatever way necessary for the well-being of each patient.

Nominations for this award are solicited annually from the pediatric faculty and recipient(s) are selected by a committee of at least 4 faculty members and the pediatric chief resident. The award includes an engraved memorial to the recipient and the recipient’s name engraved on a plaque displayed in the General Pediatrics Clinic.

Learn about previous recipients and their work »

Nancy Walton Pugh Advocacy Fund

This fund provides support for advocacy projects designed and implemented by University of Virginia pediatric residents to improve the health and well-being of children in our community. Funds may also be used to support pediatric resident advocacy education.

Awards are considered on an individual basis and applications may be submitted at any time. Advocacy projects will be assessed for resident involvement, implementability, originality, and impact on children’s health. Educational requests will be assessed for relevance to child advocacy education and/or relevance to on-going child advocacy project(s). Awards are determined by a committee of at least 4 faculty members and the pediatric chief resident.

For more information or application materials, email

AAP Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)

The AAP CATCH resident program provides funding of up to $3,000 for development and implementation of community-based child health initiatives. Past funded projects have included smoking cessation, increasing access for Hispanic children, oral health initiatives, breastfeeding, and many other pediatric health issues.

AAP Resident Section Research Grants

Residents may apply for funding of up to $3,000 to initiate and complete a research project related to their professional interests. Application is on-line and due the first Friday in February. Applications are reviewed in April and letters sent out in August each year.

The AAP has a residency scholarship program for residents who have financial difficulties. Awards vary from $1,000-$5,000. Applications are taken in February each year.

The AAP has research grants of up to $2,000 available to pediatric residents to support resident research projects completed during residency training.


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