Scholarships

Foundation Scholarship

WSHIMA offers the Foundation Scholarship to assist health information students in completing their educational endeavors. This scholarship is funded through a generous donation in 2019 from the dissolved Long Term Care Health Information Management Association. Qualified applicants will be enrolled in their final year of one of the five CAHIIM-approved HIM baccalaureate or associate degree programs in Washington State.

WSHIMA is offering five 2024 scholarships, each in the amount of $1000.00 as follows:

  • 1 for Shoreline Community College
  • 1 for Spokane Community College
  • 2 for Tacoma Community College (1 HIT, 1 HIM)
  • 1 for University of Washington

Eligible applicants must demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of their degree and dedication to Health Informatics and Health Information Management or Health Information Technology.

Applicant Criteria

  • Be a WSHIMA Member
  • Be a Washington State resident
  • Students must be enrolled in a CAHIIM-approved program and be in final year of either an RHIT Community College (Shoreline, Spokane, or Tacoma) program or an RHIA program at the University of Washington or Tacoma Community College
  • Be recommended by an instructor at their respective program
  • Be in good academic standing

Submit the online scholarship application with the following materials by March 31, 2024.

  1. Most recent unofficial program transcript (attach to online application)
  2. Personal letter of recommendation from an instructor in their program (attach to online application)
  3. Provide a 1-2 page statement about their current or future HIM career pursuits using APA essay format.

Each scholarship recipient will receive a congratulatory letter along with the check. WSHIMA will make every effort to distribute all checks no later than April 21, 2024.

WSHIMA does request that scholarship recipients write up a paragraph for the WSHIMA website and/or e-alert explaining how the scholarship will help the recipient pursue their HIM degree.

For assistance or questions, e-mail WSHIMA at wshima@wshima.org.

Sister Peter Olivaint Scholarship

WSHIMA offers this yearly scholarship to WSHIMA members enrolled in CAHIIM-approved HIM baccalaureate or associate degree programs.

The Washington State Health Information Management Association (WSHIMA) recognizes scholarship and professionalism as necessary characteristics needed to succeed as health information professionals. We all recognize that our association and profession benefit from the talents and energy of new, well-educated graduates of Health Informatics and Health Information Management and Technology programs.

To assist qualified health information students in their educational endeavors, WSHIMA offers the Sister Peter Olivaint Scholarship Program (see www.wshima.org for information on Sister Peter Olivaint). WSHIMA is pleased to announce that we are offering three 2024 scholarships, each in the amount of $2000.00. These three scholarships will not be school-specific but are open to WSHIMA Members in any CAHIIM-approved program.

Applicant Criteria

  1. Be a WSHIMA Member
  2. Students must be enrolled in a CAHIIM-approved program
  3. Be in good academic standing

Submit the online scholarship application with the following materials by March 31, 2024.

  1. Most recent unofficial transcript (must be received in the WSHIMA office via e-mail; you can attach when completing the online application)
  2. One personal/professional letter of recommendation
  3. Explain in 1-2 pages, using APA essay format, how your education and experience prepare you for upcoming challenges in the Health Information field

Each scholarship recipient will receive a congratulatory letter along with the check. WSHIMA will make every effort to distribute all checks no later than April 21, 2024.

WSHIMA requests that scholarship recipients write up a paragraph for the WSHIMA website and/or e-alert explaining how the scholarship will help the recipient pursue their HIM degree.

The Sister Peter Olivaint Scholarship Program is funded by Member participation in the silent auction fundraiser at the annual WSHIMA Health Data and Information Conference. Please consider supporting the scholarship program at the annual conference or contact us at wshima@wshima.org to make a donation.

WSHIMA Professional Development Scholarship

Any active WSHIMA member advancing their education and knowledge through contemporary and innovative achievements is eligible to apply for this scholarship.

To assist AHIMA credentialed health information professionals (HIM) in the state of Washington, WSHIMA offers monetary awards to HIM professionals in order to further their HIM careers. Examples include:

  1. Pursuing an additional AHIMA Credential
  2. To be used for education, prep work to pass credentialing exam or attending HIM educational activities

WSHIMA is pleased to announce that we are offering two 2024 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000.00.

Applicant Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a credentialed AHIMA/WSHIMA member.
  2. The applicant must demonstrate leadership and dedication to the profession.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate leadership and commitment to WSHIMA and/or local HIM associations, i.e., by holding office, volunteering, etc.
  4. The applicant agrees to write a brief summary after training, education, etc. has been completed for the WSHIMA website and/or an E-Alert.

Submit the online scholarship application with the following materials by March 31, 2024.

  1. Submit a statement in the application form stating the purpose for which the award will be utilized and how the award will further your HIM Professional Career.
  2. Attach a copy of current resume.
  3. Attach a letter of professional reference.

Each scholarship recipient will receive a congratulatory letter along with the check. WSHIMA will make every effort to distribute all checks no later than April 21, 2024.