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 outstanding undergraduates in HIM and health information technology (HIT) as well as those professionals pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in areas related to health information.
There are four levels of scholarships offered:
- Associate's degree - $1,000 award for students pursuing an associate's degree in HIM or HIT through a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- Bachelor's degree/post-baccalaureate certificate - $1,500 award for students pursuing a CAHIIM-accredited bachelor's degree or a post-baccalaureate certificate in HIM or HIT
- Master's degree - $2,000 award for students pursuing a master's degree in areas related to HIM or health informatics
- Doctoral degree - $2,500 award for students pursuing a doctoral degree in an area 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 in a minimum of six credit hours towards pursuing a degree
- Completed 24 credit hours towards a degree (for graduate degree applicants, this can include undergraduate credit hours)
- Have at least six credit hours remaining after the award date (December 30, 2014)
- Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or 4.5 (out of 5.0) based on the most recently completed 24 credit hours
- Submit a completed online application and all of its components
Additional requirements are listed on the online scholarship application.
Some scholarships give preference to applicants in categories such as diversity, second-career students, and students residing in particular states. You can find more information on the AHIMA website.
Only one application needs to be completed in order for the applicant to be considered for all eligible award categories. Applicants are eligible to receive only one scholarship in a calendar year.