Scholarships

AAHIM (Alabama Health Information Association) Outstanding Student Award (Health Information Management) – This award goes to Health Information Management students in each of the HIM programs in Alabama for accomplishments in leadership, service and scholarship. Nominees must be currently enrolled in an accredited HIT or HIA program in Alabama and be student members of AAHIM. The $500 scholarship can be divided between two students. Nominations must be made by the student's program director.

Alabama Hospital Association Scholarship (Health Administration)
– This scholarship is sponsored annually by a gift from the Alabama Hospital Association for a student admitted to or enrolled in the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, based upon criteria established by the Association. Eligible students are identified by the MSHA program faculty; selection is made by the Alabama Hospital Association leadership in consultation with the faculty.

Robert C. Chapman Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – The Robert C. Chapman Endowed Scholarship was established in 2003 through a generous gift from Robert C. (Bob) Chapman, an alumnus of the M.S. in Health Administration program and a long-time supporter and preceptor for the program. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program, demonstrate solid academic promise, financial need, show leadership potential and high ethical standards. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Michael E. Garrigan Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – The Michael E. Garrigan Endowed Scholarship was established in 2000 by a generous gift from Mike Garrigan, an alumnus of the MSHA program and long-time supporter and preceptor for the program. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Sara S. Grostick Endowed Award (Health Information Management) – The Sara S. Grostick Endowed Award goes to a student enrolled in the Health Information Management Program. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the HIM program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the HIM program faculty members. The recipient of the $500 award is selected by a committee of HIM Faculty.

Health Services Administration 25th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship endowment was established through generous gifts made by faculty, alumni and friends of the MSHA program given to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Health Administration program. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Health Services Administration Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship was established in 2000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

HSA-MSHA 35th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship was established in 2004 through gifts made by alumni and faculty of the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program to commemorate its 35th anniversary. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Richard A. Lind Endowed Scholarship Fund (Health Administration) – This scholarship endowment was established in 2000 by a very generous gift from MSHA alumnus and healthcare entrepreneur Michael E. Stephens in honor of his friend and fellow alumnus, Richard A. Lind. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Medical Group Management Association of Birmingham Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – The MGMA Scholarship Endowment was established in 1987 through gifts from the Medical Group Management Association of Alabama and the MGMA Birmingham Chapter to support students who are committed to entering the profession of medical practice management. Applicants must be residents of the state of Alabama, have completed two terms of study in the MSHA program and demonstrate academic promise as well as an interest in the area of medical group practice management. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty in consultation with the immediate past presidents of the Birmingham and Alabama chapters of MGMA; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

J. Kenneth Roan Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship endowment was established in 1985 in memory of J. Kenneth Roan, a native of Decatur, Alabama and a pioneer in the field of psychiatric care facilities. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing a career in the administration of mental health facilities. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Scott Braxton Ryland Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – The Scott Ryland Memorial Scholarship endowment was established in 2004 through gifts made by family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Ryland, an alumnus of the MSHA program and a student in the Administration-Health Services Ph.D. program at the time of his death at age 33. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Debbie and Jim Shmerling Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Tee Hiett (Health Administration) – The Debbie and Jim Shmerling Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Tee Hiett was created in September 2012 thru a generous donation by Debbie and Jim Shmerling to Honor Dr. Tee Hiett, a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Preference will be shown to applicants formally enrolled in the MSHA/MSHI dual degree option. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty. The number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Jessica Grundt Stefaniak Endowed Scholarship (MSHA) - This scholarship was established in 2008 to honor Mrs. Stefaniak, a 2001 graduate from the Department’s MSHA Program. Her family and classmates from MSHA Class 35 led the effort to honor Jessica. After graduating, Jessica extended her passion for helping others to the Veterans Affairs Hospital System working both in the New Orleans and Houston hospitals.  Although there were many great accomplishments, including being part of the administrative team that received the VA’s top quality award for Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, she was most proud of the fact that every day she served those who served their country.  Jessica always tried to take a break out of what ever she was doing to help a patient, even if it meant holding a door, walking patients to their appointments, or just doing her job with the respect of the patients she served. She brought tenacity, dedication, and laughter to her class, her work and her friends.

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Williams Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship was established in 2008 by David W. Williams to honor his parents Dr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Williams. Applicants must be currently enrolled in, or admitted to, the MSHA Program at UAB. Preference will be given to applicants who are active duty in the uniformed military services, to veterans, and to their immediate family members (spouse, parent or child). This award will be applied toward the recipient's tuition and fees in equal amounts over the regular terms of the award year. Any scholarship funds in excess of the amount required for tuition and fees may be disbursed to the student for books, supplies, room and board, or other school-related expenses. The number and amount of the scholarship awards to be granted will be made by the UAB MSHA Program Scholarship Committee in accordance with these guidelines.

Jon E. Vice Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – This scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of MSHA alumnus Jon E. Vice and in recognition of his financial support and volunteer leadership for both the Department of Health Services Administration and the School of Health Professions. The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds from the Health Services Administration 25th Anniversary Scholarship endowment, which was established through a fund-raising drive chaired by Mr. Vice. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Robert J. Zasa Endowed Scholarship (Health Administration) – The Robert J. Zasa Scholarship endowment was established in 2000 through a generous gift by Mr. Zasa, an alumnus of the MSHA program who has provided long-time support to the program as a student mentor and guest lecturer. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the MSHA program and demonstrate solid academic promise as well as financial need. Selection is made by a committee of the MSHA program faculty; the number and amount of the annual awards are determined by the committee based upon the availability of funds.

Academic departments in the School of Health Professions may sometimes award additional departmentally-funded scholarships at the discretion of the department chair based upon the availability of funds.