Scholarships

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. KAREN SCHUVIE Scholarship
Karen Schuvie, RRA, was an outstanding member of KHIMA, who passed away suddenly in March, 1986. She was active in the organization by accepting several offices, including President-Elect, President (1983), immediate past President and first year director. She also served on the following committees: Public Relations, Nominating, Budget, Ways and Means, and served one year as the KHIMA publication editor.

At the time of her death her family designated her memorial to be used to provide financial assistance to individuals wishing to pursue a career in the health information management profession.

At the request of the family, KHIMA agreed to manage the money and to determine who would receive assistance. In 1986 the memorial was established as a loan fund but in 1991 a scholarship award program replaced the loan fund.

B. KHIMA SCHOLARSHIPS
KHIMA Scholarships are to provide financial assistance to individual pursuing careers in health information management.

C. SUE A. MALONE SCHOLARSHIP
The Sue Malone Scholarship was established in 1995 to provide scholarship funds for professional enhancement of Health Information Management professionals.

II. PURPOSE
The Kansas Health Information Management Association (KHIMA) has established a scholarship award program to grant recognition and financial assistance to outstanding students pursuing their potential as health information management professionals.

III. DESCRIPTION
A. KHIMA SCHOLARSHIPS

KHIMA shall grant four (4) annual scholarship awards for undergraduate studies, one of which will be named the Karen Schuvie Scholarship, in an amount to be determined annually by the Executive Board of Directors.

These scholarships will be awarded to a student enrolled in each of the HIM schools in Kansas as well as one scholarship to any KHIMA member who is enrolled in an accredited HIM program. If there is not a qualified applicant from each Kansas school, the committee members have the right to award the scholarship to the next best qualified applicant regardless of the institution.

B. GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

1. SUE A. MALONE SCHOLARSHIP

KHIMA shall grant one (1) annual scholarship award in an amount to be determined annually by the Board of Directors. The scholarship shall be for higher level education and limited to:

i. RHIT progression students (to RHIA)
ii. RHIA for Masters or Doctorate in Public Health, Law School, Business Administration, Public Administration, or any other applicable degrees for HIM profession.

2. KHIMA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

KHIMA shall grant one (1) annual scholarship awards for graduate studies, in an amount to be determined annually by the Executive Board of Directors.

IV. FUNDING
A. KHIMA SCHOLARSHIPS
Funds are derived from a special student fund set aside by the KHIMA and may include revenue from continuing education workshops and any special money‑making projects held specifically for this purpose, as well as donations.

B. SUE A. MALONE SCHOLARSHIP
Funds are derived through donations to the Sue A. Malone Scholarship. The Sue A. Malone Scholarship will be awarded annually as funds permit. KHIMA will not be responsible for maintaining a balance in the account. Contributions to the Sue A. Malone Scholarship fund shall be forwarded to the KHIMA Office Coordinator.

V. CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS
A. Applicant for KHIMA Scholarships must be a full or part time student in his/her last year of studies at one (1) of the following programs:
1. HIA Program at the University of Kansas
2. HIT Program at Washburn University
3. HIT Program at Hutchinson Community College
4. HIT Program at Neosho Community College
5. HIA Program at the University of Saint Mary
6. KHIMA member who is attending an accredited HIM program

B. Applicants for the Sue A. Malone Scholarship must meet the criteria listed in III, B.

C. Applicant must be a member/student member of AHIMA.

D. Applications will be available electronically via the KHIMA website format. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) should be included. HIA students should include the summer (last year) semester grades. HIT students should include the spring (last year) semester grades. Graduate students should include their last semester’s grades.

E. The electronic Verification of Enrollment form must be completed, signed and submitted by the program director by the deadline.

F. Applicant must request two (2) letters of recommendation be submitted by the deadline via the electronic Recommendation Form found on the KHIMA website. The letters of recommendation should be submitted by an employer, academic counselor, directed practice supervisor or a professional contact. Persons serving as references should be knowledgeable of the applicant’s character and ability.  The applicant is responsible for providing the electronic Recommendation Form link to the persons selected as references.

G. Students will be considered for awards without regard to age, sex, race or religious affiliation.

H. All information received by KHIMA will be kept confidential.

VI. SELECTION PROCESS FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS
The KHIMA Recognition Committee will be responsible for reviewing all applications and making recommendations for award recipient.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

A. Scholastic achievement as per their GPA.

B. Leadership potential via officer or student representative in organizations, honors and awards, presentations and publications.

C. Social consciousness via membership in organizations, volunteer activities, etc.

D. Knowledge of, and commitment to, the health information management profession via evaluation of students’ completed application, employment in the health information management field and AHIMA membership. Written communication skills will also be evaluated.

E. Degree of professionalism via evaluation of recommendation letters.

VII. NOTIFICATION OF ALL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The individuals selected will be notified by the Recognition Committee. The Office Coordinator will send the scholarship check to the recipient prior to Annual Meeting. The scholarship award recipients’ names, along with the school they attend, will be published in the KHIMA Publication. A letter will be sent from the Recognition Committee to all applicants who did not receive an award, prior to the Annual Meeting. If, for any reason, the scholarship award recipient(s) fails to complete his/her education in the HIA program, HIT program, or the Graduate Program they are enrolled in, he/she must repay the scholarship award within one (1) year of date when no longer enrolled.

VIII. DEADLINES FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Applicants must complete and submit the electronic application form, electronic verification of enrollment form, and electronic reference form by November 30th of each year. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.