2019 HIMSS WA Student Scholarship

The Washington Chapter of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) announces its 2019 Scholarship Program to help educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.

HIMSS is collaborating with local universities and community colleges to help students meet the financial commitments of a healthcare science, technology, business, and public policy education and to encourage industry mentoring and networking.   

Candidate Profile

Students who see healthcare information technology playing a meaningful role in their current or future career.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a Washington State resident and enrolled in a Washington State institute of higher education with focus on healthcare science, technology and public policy.

  2. Complete web application and essays.

  3. Be an active HIMSS WA member.

Scholarship Amounts

Four Available Scholarships:

  1. $2,500 - Eileen Cody Health Advocacy & Policy Scholarship: This scholarship is supported by Washington HIMSS and honors Eileen Cody, Chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee in the State of Washington. This is open for Graduate or Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in health advocacy or policy. 

  2. $2,500 - Health Information Technology Graduate Scholarship: This scholarship is supported by Washington HIMSS. It is open to all graduate level students pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology. 

  3. $2,000 - Harry Sweere Undergraduate Scholarship: This scholarship is supported by Washington HIMSS and Ergotron and honors the late Harry Sweere, founder of Ergotron. It is open to Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology.

  4. $1,000 - Certificate Scholarship: This scholarship is supported by Washington HIMSS and is open to both students and professionals seeking healthcare technology related certificates. 

Application Period

April 1st, 2019 – April 30th, 2019

Scholarship Application

HIMSS WA 2019 Scholarship Application


Scholarships will be offered to undergraduate/graduate students and professionals pursuing certificate programs that exhibit academic excellence and leadership in the healthcare science, technology, business and public policy sectors.

The 2019 Scholarship call for applications is open from April 1st – April 30th, 2019. Completed applications must be submitted no later than April 30th and award recipients will be notified in mid May.

Further applicant requirement details:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as part-time or full-time students in an accredited certificate, Undergraduate (junior or senior level), Masters, or PhD program in the State of Washington. Candidates should be pursuing a degree relating to healthcare technology. Typical degrees may include healthcare administration, public health, healthcare management, public policy, health informatics, patient-centered technologies, computer science/information systems, and engineering.

  • Applicants must be current student members in good standing with National HIMSS and the Washington Chapter, and demonstrate willingness to participate in HIMSS activities. Students may apply for HIMSS membership at the time they apply for the scholarship, but awards will be granted only to those actively enrolled in the Washington HIMSS Chapter. Winners should attend at least two HIMSS events a year. Click here to become a HIMSS Member

  • Students must complete an application outlining their scholastic and professional achievements, leadership and communication skills, HIMSS experience, and activities which demonstrate their commitment to healthcare science, technology, business and public policy.

  • Previous scholarship winners are ineligible.

  • Questions? Email the Scholarship Chair, Erika Hjalseth.

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors:

UW HIHIM Program

2017 HIMSS Washington Scholarship Winners

HIMSS Graduate Scholarship

Lauren Snyder, MHA - Phd student, UW Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) Program 

Lauren is currently a 2nd year Biomedical and Health Informatics PhD student at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and a National Library of Medicine pre-doctoral trainee. Her primary research interests are population health, data visualization, and user centered design. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Prior to starting her PhD, Lauren completed the CDC’s Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship and worked as an epidemiologist for Denver Health where she worked with clinical and public health professionals to help develop and manage dashboards and other informatics tools. Lauren is excited to become more active in the Washington chapter of HIMSS, especially in leadership development and collaborative partnerships. This scholarship will help with educational costs and allow for additional skill development.  

HIMSS Graduate Scholarship

Kimberly Corrigan, BS, RHIT - Masters student, UW Health Informatics & Information Management (HIHIM) Program

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration/Health Information Systems and obtaining her credential as a Registered Health Information Technician through AHIMA, Kimberly went on to work in her current job role as a Forms and Records Analyst/RHIT with the Department of Corrections.  While serving as a Health Information Manager for the hospital and on-site inpatient unit, she has worked with the Facility Medical Director and Health Services Staff to improve clinical workflows, align forms and policy with current healthcare initiatives, and worked alongside the Health Service Managers to streamline the onboarding and education process of all Health Services staff with regard to Health Information Management policies and privacy laws. Kimberly is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program in Health Informatics/Health Information Management at the University of Washington.  She will be using her scholarship to continue with her degree program and after graduation will obtain her certification as a CPHIMS.  Her goal is to combine both the clinical and information technology aspects of health information management to help further the adoption of EHRs and E-health initiatives in healthcare. 


Harry Sweere Undergraduate Scholarship

Kimberly Aubert, Undergraduate student, UW Engineering Technology Program

I am in my senior year at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering. I am part of the Emerging Leaders in Engineering program, where I spend time developing my leadership and professional skills through the Husky Leadership Certificate. In addition to this, I am the current chapter President of Kappa Delta Sorority on campus. This involves overseeing a chapter of 130 women and managing the performance of our chapter in accordance to the National organization. I am passionate about people and hope to being a career in health technologies post graduation. My major focuses on designing with the user in mind and I believe the health technology industry needs more designers trained to focus on both the medical providers and the patients, rather than just on the tools. I am so grateful to receive this award and for all the resources HIMSS has provided to me so far. Thank you!