The Wisconsin Health Information Management Association proudly continues to support and recognize Wisconsin students pursuing their education as health information professionals, members pursuing graduate education, and members requesting reimbursement for professional development. The Scholarship program is funded through donations and fundraising activities, i.e. Not-So-Silent Auction at the WHIMA Annual and Fall Conferences. The purpose of the scholarship program is to acknowledge and reward academic excellence, leadership, and volunteerism.
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A Guide to Scholarship Application
WHIMA supports and recognizes Wisconsin students pursuing their education as health information professionals, members pursuing graduate education, and members needing financial assistance for professional development. The purpose of this scholarship program is to acknowledge and reward academic excellence, leadership and volunteerism.
- The application process generally opens in the Fall of each year through February 28.
- Amount awarded is based on the number of qualified applications received for each scholarship.
- Individual awards vary.
- All applications for consideration must be submitted by the deadline indicated on the application form.
- Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the WHIMA Annual Conference and receive formal invitation and recognition at the WHIMA Annual Business Meeting held during the Annual Conference.
To Qualify for a Scholarship, the Following Criteria Must be Met:
- Completed application and essay must be submitted by February 28th.
- Must be a student member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) AND of the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA).
- Must be enrolled in a Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredited Health Information Administration program or Health Information Technology program at the time the scholarship funds are awarded. Certificate programs do not qualify for the undergraduate scholarship.
- Must have successfully completed at least one semester of a program.
- Must submit a current unofficial college transcript with the application, showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required (may be personal or professional).
- Previous awardees may submit an application biennially (every other year).
Karen Kohler Past President Memorial Graduate Scholarship
The WHIMA Board of Directors created this scholarship in June of 2001 to honor Karen Kohler and her legacy as an HIM professional dedicated to education and the education of others. Karen was a true leader that blazed the trail for HIM and helped many new HIM professionals to blaze their trail. She moved WMRA/WHIMA forward to where it is today. Karen was a visionary and dedicated her life to the profession. She believed education was the key and devoted her life to sharing her knowledge and expertise through working with not only a few students; however, with many, many, many students in their professional practice experience.
Applicants for the Past President’s Scholarship must fulfill the following qualifications:
- The applicant must hold a current AHIMA credential.
- The applicant must be an active member of AHIMA and WHIMA with greater than one year of continuous membership in WHIMA.
- The applicant at the time the scholarship is awarded, must be a student in an accredited graduate program relating to the health care information field. The specific degree program is not a critical factor, although it is expected that programs similar to those in health care information, business administration, computer science and information systems, management engineering, and quality improvement will be a key factor in the selection.
- The applicant must have made contributions showing leadership, innovation, and creativity within the HIM profession
- Previous awardees are not eligible to submit an application in subsequent years.
Established Professional Development Scholarship
Scholarship Application Procedure
- Must complete the application procedure and submit the application by February 28th to be eligible for the Scholarship Award.
- Must be an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) AND the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA).
- Must submit evidence of attendance at or completion of an approved AHIMA or WHIMA continuing education program (e.g., continuing education unit (CEU) certificate) or credentialing exam.
- See AHIMA.org for additional information on approved continuing education programs and/or credentialing exams.
- See WHIMA.org and/or the WHIMA e-alert for additional information on approved continuing education programs.
- Include a copy of the literature for the course or session that indicates it is approved. (For example, a member is taking an online training course through the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AHIC) that is AHIMA-approved for continuing education units (CEUs). In this example, the member would need to submit the overview that included the AHIMA approval.)
- Must submit proof of personal payment for the program or AHIMA credentialing examination. Scholarship money will not be reimbursed to employers, businesses, or applicants if the receipt of payment indicates it was paid by someone other than the applicant.
- Must submit proof of passing an AHIMA credentialing examination, if applicable.
- If the requested amount within the scholarship application is less than the top reimbursement of $100.00, the applicant shall receive the monetary amount requested.
- If the applicant has purchased multiple CEU sessions for scholarship approval, all proof of payment and course study material will need to be submitted. However, the maximum reimbursement allowed will not exceed the top reimbursement of $100.00. (Per Applicant)
- List any areas where you have made a contribution to the Health Information profession in your career or in a volunteer role.