AHIMA Foundation Scholarship

The AHIMA Foundation is proud to support those who have served our country through our Veterans Scholarship program, an endowed scholarship. We seek to develop the next generation of health informatics and information management (HIIM) professionals by helping our men and women in uniform move on to a bright new future and career in healthcare. Get started now by reading the criteria below outlining how to qualify for the scholarship!

The program is designed to provide financial assistance for:
■Veteran Military Service Members from the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.
■Spouses of Veteran Service Members, including active duty military, retirees, veterans, wounded warriors and surviving spouses

To be eligible, individuals must be:
■Accepted into a Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) program accredited by a national or regional agency of the United States, and
■Enrolled as a full-time student in one of the following degree-granting programs at the time of award (see the Application and Award Timeline for specific dates):
■Associate’s degree – $1,000 award for students pursuing a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredited AA degree in HIM or HIT.
■Have at least six (6) credit hours remaining after December 2016.
■Submit a completed online application all of its components.

Submission Requirements:
1.Candidates will prepare and submit a 250-400 word essay, cannot exceed 400 words, to include discussion of the following topics:
■Educational and career ambitions
■Record of military service
■Record of personal achievement
■Demonstration of community service
■Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive community impact
■Leadership potential

2.Selection Preference will be given to:
■Physically wounded or disabled veterans
■Surviving spouses
■Those who served in a combat tour of duty

Required Documents:
Each eligible application will be reviewed by a committee. Applications must provide the following materials:
■Two signed letters of support
■At least one should be from a Health Information educator, employer, or military superior
■The other may be a personal reference
■Verification of Enrollment
■Formal letter of acceptance and class schedule and/or
■Official transcript from previous semester, if applicable
■Other documentation
■Copy of certificate of release of discharge from Active Duty (DD214) must include dates and locations served
■Spouses of Active Duty or Veteran Service Members
■Copy of marriage certificate
■Copy of proof of spouse’s current active duty status or certificate of release of discharge from Active Duty (DD214). Must include dates and locations served.