The 2016 Application is now closed.
One of the major initiatives of the AHIMA Foundation is to attract and support new talent in the health information management (HIM) industry by improving educational opportunities for current and future HIM professionals through scholarships. The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to currently enrolled professionals pursuing doctoral degrees in areas related to health information.
To be eligible for a merit scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Current member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Actively enrolled and pursuing a doctoral degree
- Successfully defended dissertation proposal, confirmed by the candidate's advisor
- Candidate is currently in the stage of collecting data but has not defended dissertation
- Candidate is in good academic standing
- Submit a completed online application and all of its components
- Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in health information, health informatics or a program related to the HIM discipline at an accredited school in the United States. The program must accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) or a national or regional accrediting agency of the United States.
- All candidates meeting the eligibility award criteria, including previous AHIMA Foundation merit scholarship recipients are eligible for one-time dissertation support
Application and Award Timeline
Online Application Opens: July 1, 2016
Online Application Closes: September 30, 2016
Award Notification Made After: November 30, 2016
Awards Mailed After: December 30, 2016
Online Application Process
The online application process will involve answering a number of essay questions, attaching transcripts, requesting recommendations and verifying enrollment. The application may cover topics such as: academic history, career objectives, professional and volunteer experience, and educational and professional goals. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on the scholarship application process.
Note: Mailed applications will not be accepted.
Each eligible application will be reviewed by the AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the following:
- Honors, awards, or recognitions such as but not limited to academic, volunteer, work, leadership;
- Commitment to the HIM profession;
- Quality and relevance of references;
- Clarity and completeness of thought including clear and concise sentences with proper use of grammar; and
- Completeness of application.
Scholarship Support: Giving Back to the Future of the Profession
No donation is too small. Corporations, CSAs, AHIMA members (including former scholarship recipients), and other individuals are all encouraged to support student merit scholarships. This can be accomplished through donations to the Grace Whiting Myers general scholarship fund, or by establishing named or endowed scholarship (payment options for funding the scholarships are flexible). Acknowledgment of scholarship support comes in many forms: on the AHIMA Foundation website, in certain AHIMA Foundation and AHIMA electronic and mailed publications, and in select AHIMA convention materials. Donating to an AHIMA Foundation scholarship becomes a win-win situation, by supporting the HIM professionals of the future while extending company name recognition or honoring loved ones. To find out more about options to support the AHIMA Foundation with a charitable contribution, please click here or contact Becky Holton at (312) 233-1445 or email@example.com for further details.