GIC HIMSS Scholarships

Student Scholarship Program 

The  Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS offers 2 Academic Scholarships:  

  • $2,500  Undergraduate
  • $2,500   Graduate



The schedule for development and advertisement of the scholarship program and award of the scholarships for the 2019/2020 program year is as follows:


September    9, 2019     Application published to web site and process opens

October        27, 2019   Applications due at midnight

November       2019      Review of applications and selection of award recipients

December       2019      GICHIMSS Board approval of scholarship awards nominees

January           2020      Award winner notified by email and/or phone call nominees


GIC HIMSS Scholarship Program

Purpose: To provide financial assistance and recognition to qualified students in accredited programs in health management, health information technology, management programs with a health focus, or technology programs with a focus in healthcare information technology. 


Objective: Present two (2) scholarship awards to deserving applicants 


Program Structure:

A two thousand five hundred dollar scholarships ($2,500) will be offered to two selected students.  One in a graduate program (to include Masters or Doctorate) and the other in an undergraduate program.  


Scholarships will be offered to students in the following types of programs:

a. Health information management/technology

b. Health management, with a focus in information management/technology

c. Clinical programs with a focus in information management/technology

d. Health science programs with a focus in information management/technology

e. Business management programs with a focus in health information management/technology

f. Management science programs with a focus in health information management/technology

g. Other types of degree programs which emphasize health information management/technology



Participation is open to students who are enrolled in a degree program in an accredited college or university who reside in Illinois within chapter boundaries. Certificate programs are not eligible for award. Students must have completed at least one quarter or semester in their currently enrolled Healthcare Information Technology related degree program.


Award Criteria

a) Submission of a scholarship application and related documents via email to no later than midnight on Sunday, October 27, 2019

b) Two to three letters of professional recommendation must accompany the application. These should include letters from superiors for whom the applicant has worked with and/or college professors with whom the applicant had studied under.

c) A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0. A most recent transcript(s) must be included with the scholarship application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable

d) A short essay (500 - 750 words double spaced) that addresses the following questions:

  • Why is information management/technology important in healthcare today
  • Why have you chosen the field?
  • What is a major issue facing the health industry and how can information technology address the issue?


Criteria for Evaluation of application and award of scholarship will include

  • Meets or exceeds grade point criterion
  • Quality of recommendations
  • Quality of applicant essay


Requirement: The recipients of the scholarship will be required to serve as a volunteer on Professional Development Committee from January – December, 2020.   Meetings are held via conference call.


Recognition of awardees:

  • Will be invited to the awards gala at the National Conference
  • Will be formally recognized at the Career Development Event, spring 2020
  • Will be recognized on web site, newsletters, and in person events


Questions? Questions or concerns about the scholarship application process can be directed to:

Aaron Becker

Student Liaison

Or email

Greater Illinois Chapter