GIC HIMSS Scholarships


Student Scholarship Program 

The  Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS will be offering 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 2018/2019 program year is as follows:


  • September       7, 2018          Application published to web site and process opens
  • October          26, 2018          Applications due no later than midnight of October 26
  • November            2018          Review of applications and selection of award recipients
  • December            2018          GIC HIMSS Board approval of scholarship awards nominees              
  • January                2019          Award winner notified by email and/or phone call nominees
  • April                      2019          Scholarship awards presented at a GIC HIMSS event


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, Eligibility and Award Criteria:  A two thousand, five hundred dollar scholarship ($2,500) will be offered to each selected student, ideally one in a graduate program (to include Masters or Doctorate) and the other in an undergraduate program. Participation is open to students who are enrolled in a degree program in an accredited college or university.   The recipients of the scholarship will be required to serve as a volunteer on the student liaison committee for one year.


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

  • Health information management/technology
  • Health management with a focus in information management/technology
  • Clinical programs with a focus in information management/technology
  • Health science programs with a focus in information management/technology
  • Business management programs with a focus in health information management/technology
  • Management science programs with a focus in health information management/technology
  • 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. Certificate programs are not eligible for award.  


Eligibility for the scholarship award is based on the following criteria:

Submission of a scholarship application and related documents via email to no later than midnight on October 26, 2018.

  • 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.
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0. A most recent transcript(s) must be included with the scholarship application. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for award consideration.
  • short essay (maximum of three pages) 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?

Important Note:  Students must have completed at least one quarter or semester in their currently enrolled Healthcare Information Technology related degree program.

Criteria for Evaluation of application and award of the scholarship will include, at a minimum:

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


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

Chad Carroll

Student Liason

312-238-3615 office

Or email

Greater Illinois Chapter


~The Board of Directors Congratulates 2017/2018 GIC HIMSS Scholarship Recipients!
Sandy Fitzgerald - 2017/2018 Undergraduate Awardee
One thing is for certain: In the world of healthcare, nothing ever stays the same. In my nearly 20 years of experience working at Christie Clinic, a large multi-specialty clinic located in Champaign, Illinois, with 15 satellites located in surrounding communities, I have seen much change. I began my career with Christie as a medical transcriptionist for 10 years, became coordinator of the department for four years, and am now a Certified Trainer for our electronic medical record. This role takes me to every provider and team member, every department, and every satellite in an effort to support, train, and educate our staff. I am also a part-time instructor at Parkland College and have been for 15 years, teaching Medical Terminology and Health Care Records Management in the Certified Medical Assistant Program. Being able to take what I have learned at work and apply it to my curriculum at Parkland, and vice versa has been a huge advantage for me.
I am currently enrolled in the Health Information and Medical Coding curriculum at Lake Land College in Mattoon and hope to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam in the summer of 2019. My husband of 35 years and three amazing children have been with me throughout this journey and supported me along the way.


Kristen McGarry - 2017/2018 Graduate Awardee
Kristen McGarry is a graduate student at the University of Michigan, studying Health Informatics, a joint degree program between the School of Information and School of Public Health. Prior to Michigan, she received her B.S. in Biology: Genetics & Biotechnologies with a minor in Informatics from the University of Iowa. One of Kristen’s passions is to integrate knowledge into practice; to provide the most current and relevant information to the clinical decision makers, when and where they need it.
Outside of her core courses, Kristen pursued this passion by joining a Michigan Medicine initiative, called Knowledge Grid, focused on building a computable health knowledge infrastructure. In 2016, she was selected as a scholar to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration as a representative for Women in IT. She is currently pursuing careers focused on data science and data engineering. Kristen resides in Wheaton, IL.