2024 Student Scholarships


The Minnesota Chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society is pleased to offer scholarships for students who meet eligibility requirements. These include active participation in chapter activities and in the health information management career field. This scholarship is based on meeting eligibility requirements, not on financial need.  Any students who are eligible are encouraged to apply.


Deadline


The scholarship applications are being accepted now. The deadline to apply for a MNHIMSS Chapter scholarship is May 15, 2024.
Scholarship Donations
The 2024 scholarship funds were raised by the MN HIMSS Chapter members with generous donations from [insert source of scholarship funds].
Are you interested in giving to students by donating to the scholarship fund? Please contact Laura Christopherson at christopherson.laura@mayo.edu for more information.
 

Eligibility to Apply


ALL of the following requirements MUST be met:
1. Member of the MN HIMSS Chapter (Individual, corporate or organizational membership)
2. Enrolled in an in-state or out-of-state CAHIM accredited HIM program at the bachelor or graduate level OR enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate level program related to HIM in a college or university that is nationally accredited.
3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in major classes completed at time of application is desired, but not required.

Review Process


Scholarship applications will be evaluated based on the candidate’s level of engagement in the Health Information Management field, their personal statement, and having met the eligibility requirements.  Engagement in the fields includes, but is not limited to:
•    Active participation in MN HIMSS Chapter committee work (ex. Committee member, leading events, education development).
•    Attendance at chapter events and webinars, including at the national level.
•    Selected and served as 2024 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition program assistants.
•    Other engagement or advocacy in the Health Information Management field
•    Academic achievements that have contributed to the Health Information Management field (ex. Publications, Presentations at Conferences, Seminars, Mentoring/Coaching)
Preference will be given to undergraduate students and those early in their careers within the Health Information Management field.

The application process includes:


·      Sending an email to christopherson.laura@mayo.edu (Student Affairs Committee Chair) that includes the following information
•    Name
•    University or College currently attending
•    Resume showing any extracurricular involvement in the field or other professional experience or development

The email should include the following:
•    Documentation showing applicant is a currently enrolled student
•    A concise personal statement expressing your interest and commitment to the field, no more than 300 words
·       Submit to christopherson.laura@mayo.edu
•    Brief indication of support from a faculty advisor, faculty member or mentor in the field
•    Unofficial or official school grade transcript that indicates your cumulative GPA and completion of major classes to date

Awards


A total of eight scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be given to cover school expenses. Additionally, several scholarships will be given to cover MN HIMSS student membership fees, up to $1,000 total.  Applicants may receive one or both of these two award types.
Scholarship winners will be announced on May 31st, 2024 and posted on the MN HIMSS Chapter website. Winners will be contacted following the announcement and the actual award checks will be forwarded to them. The winners will be recognized on the MN HIMSS Chapter website, in chapter newsletters and at a future chapter meeting, following the announcement.


Sponsorship


Thank you to all our sponsors who raised funds for these scholarships at our 2023 Top Golf event: mentormate, Vikriti Management Consulting, Cordea Consulting, Okta, Snowflake, Reltio


Past scholarship recipients

2017 Winners


•    Lynn Xormeier, Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica

Graduate Health IT Winners
•    Yadan Fan, PhD in Health Informatics, University of Minnesota
•    Daniel Plooster, MHA/MBA, University of Minnesota

Graduate Nursing Informatics Winners
•    Jessica Campbell, DNP – Nursing Informatics, University of Minnesota
•    Lex Hokanson, DNP – Nursing Informatics, University of Minnesota

2016 Winners


Undergraduate Health IT Winners
•    Mikaela Vadnais, Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica
•    Rebekah Blaschko, Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica

Graduate Health IT Winners
•    Aaron Sattler, MS in Data Science, University of Minnesota
•    Spencer Cahoon, MHA, University of Minnesota

Graduate Nursing Informatics Winners
•    Ruth Novack, MS in Nursing, Walden University
•    Helen Fu, PhD in Nursing, University of Minnesota

2015 Winners


Undergraduate Health IT Winners
•    Shelby Zemke, Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica
•    Meagan Krey, Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica

Graduate Health IT Winners
•    Brett LeFevre, MHA, University of Minnesota
•    Neil Kolstad, MHA and MBA, University of Minnesota

Graduate Nursing Informatics Winners
•    Robin Austin, PhD in nursing, University of Minnesota
•    Bekki Maki, Master of Science in Nursing, Walden University

For more scholarship information, email our Scholarship Chair at christopherson.laura@mayo.edu