GIC HIMSS Scholarships

~The Board of Directors Congratulates 2019 GIC HIMSS Scholarship Recipients!

Hannah Birchfield - 2019 Undergraduate Awardee

Hannah grew up surrounded by medical terminology and patient stories with her mother being a therapist and her uncle a physician. She always knew she would enter into a career in healthcare, but she was unsure in what capacity it would be. Hannah began her own journey into the healthcare field when she took her first job as a Therapy Department Program Assistant for RehabCare at the age of sixteen. With that job she found her niche and her passion, which led to her enrollment into the Health Information Management program at Illinois State University. The Information Technology courses required for her major sparked a second love, and motivated her to minor in Information Systems. Hannah is an active member of the Student Health Information Management Association and she will be serving as the association’s president for the 2019-2020 school year. Hannah will be graduating from Illinois State in May 2020 and will be eligible to sit for the RHIA exam. She is excited about what the future holds for her chosen profession, and is dedicated to being a leader in her field as it evolves and grows with the ever-changing regulations and technology advances.


Deanna Wilson - 2019 Graduate Awardee

Deanna is currently attending Capella University and in her final year of her Masters in Nursing Informatics. She has been a pediatric nurse at heart since she started in healthcare in 1990. She began as an Associate Degree nurse and then received her BSN from Purdue University. She has worked in a number of large teaching institutions throughout her career including the Children’s Hospital in MI, Cleveland Clinic, and Northwestern Medicine- Central DuPage Hospital since 2005. She has been a member of the quality and practice committee since inception in 2006 where they constantly strive to improve quality through evidence. She is  a curious sort, constantly asking why and challenging the status quo. She describes herself as a type A while at work, but equally enjoys unwinding during downtime. In her limited downtime, she enjoys going to musicals and being anywhere warm. She is very excited about the opportunity to grow and expand her knowledge of information technology.


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 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