AHIMA Foundation Scholarships with Specialty Criteria
Diversity Eligibility Guidelines
The AHIMA Foundation promotes diversification of the HIM profession. There are many attributes that create a diverse workforce, and some scholarships are designated to diversity candidates. Students self-select themselves as diversity candidates, and complete the application essay question by responding to the AHIMA Foundation’s Guidelines on Diversity, Section 7 ‘Scholarship Selection’ of the online application form.
Diversity Guidelines (Adopted from the AHIMA, House of Delegates, Resolution on Diversity and Inclusion, 2011)
We believe that AHIMA’s student population promises greater future diversity in AHIMA membership. We believe that greater diversity enriches and adds value to AHIMA membership, the HIM practice experience, and the innovation and creativity of AHIMA.
We are committed to the adoption of meaningful, actionable and durable diversity practices to expand the real opportunities available to all HIM professionals, including opportunities to fully participate in the Foundation and AHIMA.
To that end, we respect the individual sensibilities, personal beliefs, differences, and privacy and other rights of all HIM professionals and AHIMA members.
Human diversity can be defined as differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical capabilities, and religious beliefs. We acknowledge that all humans are possessed with unique, rich cultural histories, backgrounds and personal experiences deserving of universal respect and acceptance.
Scholarships Awarded Based on Specific Requirements
The AHIMA Foundation offers some scholarships that have award preferences for students who meet certain criteria over and above the general requirements. A listing of some of these specialty scholarships is below. Once the individual completes and submits the standard online scholarship application, the applicant is considered for any of the specialty awards for which he is determined eligible. In some instances an additional essay question is asked to help qualify the applicant for a specific award.
- The AHIMA Foundation in Honor Board Chair’s Graduate Scholarship - for a graduate student who demonstrates leadership in HIM
- The AHIMA Foundation in Honor of Council for Excellence in Education Chair's Graduate Scholarship - for a graduate student who demonstrates leadership and commitment to education in HIM
- The AHIMA Foundation Diversity Scholarships - available to students who illustrate why their lives are in alignment with the AHIMA’s Guidelines on Diversity
- Assembly on Education Honorary Scholarship - awarded to support educators going back for further education.
- NEW Linda Bock Memorial Endowed Scholarship - in memory of Linda Bock, co-founder of Just Associates, avaiable for associate or bachelor's degrees in CO, KS, and NE.
- NEW Career Step Academic Scholarship - Educational scholarships to support a student at each of the following levels: associate, bachelor and graduate
- The CSA Leadership Scholarships - for applicants who exhibit a solid record of volunteerism
- The Charlotte Lefert Memorial Endowed Scholarship - for applicants who have a commitment to the long-term and post-acute care sector
- David A. Cohen Endowed Scholarship - available for applicants at all levels.
- The Conifer Health Solutions Scholarship - for applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to service-learning or community service.
- Linda Culp Memorial Endowed Scholarship - available for graduate level scholarship
- NEW Julia Mae and Judith Faith Scholarship - available for associate level scholarship to students living in the southwest who has overcome adversity and challenges to complete their degree.
- The Rita Finnegan Memorial Scholarships - for students who exhibit extraordinary potential leadership in Health Information Management
- Frances E. and Louis B. Fox Endowed Scholarship - available for applicants at all levels.
- Kathleen A. Frawley Memorial Endowed Scholarship - available for applicants at all levels.
- Jimmy Gamble Endowed Student Merit Scholarship - available for applicants at all levels.
- The Viola Griffin Memorial Scholarship - for students who are residents of Colorado
- NEW Health Record Services Endowed Scholarship - available for single working mothers supported by Wendy Copland-Gould, RHIA, Founder and President of HRS
- Dancia and Pierson Kirk Memorial Scholarship - available for an associate level applicant who demonstrates scholastic aptitude, desire to learn and grown and HIM Leadership
- The Linda Kloss Honorary Endowed Scholarship - for applicants whose careers illustrate leadership and vision, and who possess a dedication to lifelong learning
- NEW John Kloss Memorial Veteran Scholarship - in memory of John Kloss, husband to former AHIMA CEO Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, CAE, FAHIMA and supported by AHIMA members
- Margaret Lloyd Endowed Memorial Scholarship - available for applicants at the associate level
- NEW Paula and Ron Lawlor Endowed Scholarship Fund for the benefit of nontraditional HIM Careers - scholarships for alternative HIM students (working learners), started by Ron and Paula Lawlor, RHIA
- Kathy McCaffrey Memorial Scholarship - available for graduate level scholarship
- NEW MTT Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund - Working learners working graduate/PhD level degrees, or AHIMA credentialed students pursuing a MBA.
- NEW Joel Nagorner Memorial Endowed Scholarship - available for dissertation support
- NEW Nuance - Veterans Scholarships funded by Nuance Communications
- NEW Steve and Jane Thomas Graduate Scholarship - available to graduate level applicants and recently endowed by Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, AHIMA CEO in honor of her parents.
- Thought Leader Scholarship - for graduate level applicants with outstanding leadership
- Petrie Family Endowed Scholarship - available for applicants at the bachelor level.
- The Precise Coding Services, Inc. Merit Scholarship - for a student who is enrolled in the Florida A&M HIA program
- Ester May Sherard - available to students who illustrate why their lives are in alignment with the AHIMA’s Guidelines on Diversity.
- The Dot Wagg Memorial Scholarship - for graduate students with a JD degree or working toward a JD degree (not available for 2016)
- NEW Walter Reed Society - Veterans Scholarship funded by the Walter Reed Society