GIC HIMSS Scholarships
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
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.
a) Submission of a scholarship application and related documents via email to Development@GICHIMSS.org 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:
Greater Illinois Chapter