Scholarship Application

AKHIMA Scholarships are funded by generous donations by AKHIMA members and AKHIMA vendor partners. The total amount of scholarships to be awarded is determined annually by the AKHIMA Board of Directors and is based on available funds.

AKHIMA Scholarships 1) provide financial assistance to AKHIMA Student Members who are enrolled in accredited Health Information Administration or Health Information Technology programs and 2) provide financial assistance to AKHIMA Active Members who are enrolled in HIA or HIT programs pursuing a specialty credential or a higher credential than they currently hold (e.g., CCS or CCS-P pursuing RHIT or RHIA; or RHIT pursuing RHIA), or pursuing a master’s degree in HIM.

Amber Peterson Scholarship

  • Award to pay for the RHIT examination.
  • Type: For students at the end of their HIM Program who are preparing to sit for the RHIT examination.

Alecia Graham Scholarship

  • $1,000 award.
  • Type: For students in a HIA or HIT Program, who are Alaska residents, and are planning to sit for their RHIT or RHIA examination.

You must include the following for the application to be accepted:

  1. Two recommendation letters from health information management professionals
  2. Official transcripts with grades from your HIA, HIT, or HIM Master’s Degree program courses. (Unofficial transcripts with grades accepted if verified by Program director.)
  3. Written essay of 500-550 words that responds to the following two questions:
    • Describe your educational and/or career goals in health information management.
    • Describe how receiving an AKHIMA scholarship will assist you to meet your educational and/or career goals in health information management.
  4. Validation from program director that a minimum of 50% of HIA or HIT program curriculum or HIM Master’s Degree program has been completed.

Eligible applicants for AKHIMA scholarships:

  1. Hold AKHIMA Student Membership or AHIMA Professional Membership at the time of application.
  2. Have selected Alaska as their Component State Association (CSA) within their AHIMA membership.
  3. Enrolled in an RHIT or RHIA degree program.
  4. Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better and completed at least 50% of the curriculum.
  5. Submit completed applications with all required components by the deadline.

Application and Award Dates for 2023-2024

  • November 17: Application Opens
  • February 28: Application Closes
  • April Annual Meeting: Recipients are notified

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on 1) essay content and writing skill, 2) academic excellence, 3) content and suitability of recommendation letters provided, and 4) completeness and clarity of the application.

Scholarship

Applicant Info

I am applying for:
Name
Name
AKHIMA Membership
Are you an Alaska Resident
years

You are not eligible to apply for an AKHIMA Scholarship if you have not been an Alaska resident for at least 1 year.

Address
Address

College/University

College/University Address
College/University Address

Essay
Write two essays of 500-550 words each that address the following two topics:

0 of 550 max words
0 of 550 max words

Transcript

Maximum file size: 268.44MB

Letters of Reference

Upload two recommendation letters from health information management professionals.

Maximum file size: 268.44MB

Maximum file size: 268.44MB

Signature

I attest to the following:

  1. I hold an AKHIMA Student or Active membership status at the time of the application
  2. I have selected Alaska as my Component  Association (CA) within my AHIMA membership
  3. I am an Alaska resident for at least a year
  4. I am enrolled in an HIA or HIT program or HIM Master’s Degree program and have completed a minimum of 50% of that curriculum
  5. I have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  6. I have not received an AKHIMA scholarship at any time previously