Healthcare administration is a growing and exciting career path. It's become so popular that colleges and universities now have departments and degrees dedicated to grooming students for success in this particular field. The industry is also eager to attract top quality students such as yourself into the fold so many healthcare administration associations and other related entities have begun offering scholarships to help you choose the field. These scholarships help you ease the financial burden that comes with higher education. Not only that, but you can always add the honor to your resume, a distinction that will certainly turn heads when you seek employment. Continue reading to find the right scholarship for you.
Scholarships from Associations
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) – MGMA is supported by the ACMPE Scholarship Fund Inc. (SFI). To qualify for one of their scholarships, you must be a member of MGMA and be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate program. Since these scholarships are all under the same umbrella, if you apply for one, you are automatically a candidate for all of them:
Harry J Hardwick Scholarship: sponsored by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, this award is for $3,500. The chief stipulation is that your program be accredited by CAHME or AUPHA.
Andrea M Rossiter FACMPE Scholarship: This awards the winner $5,000 towards their educational costs.
Leaders Scholarship: This scholarship is sponsored by a consortium of clinicians and their associations. The award is a two-tier scholarship whose top award is $5,000 and the second-place winner receives $2,500.
Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship: This national scholarship is sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Group Managers and is worth $2,500.
MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is given to students who reside in either: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
MGMA Southern Section Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is given to students who reside in either: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas.
MGMA Western Section Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is given to students who reside in either: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming.
Richard L. Davis, FACMPE – Managers Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is unique in that it is awarded to those who are currently working in healthcare administration but who are also attending an undergraduate or graduate program that directly applies to medical practice management.
Oncology Practice Alliance Scholarship: To win this $2,500 scholarship, you must live in either Ohio or West Virginia. You must also be enrolled in a program that specifically pertains to medical practice management and you should demonstrate potential for working in an oncology or hematology practice.
Richard L. Davis, FACMPE: Appalachian Scholarship: This scholarship is for those attending the Appalachian State University in North Carolina in their school of business and health. You can win $1,000 from the North Carolina Medical Group Managers, who sponsor the award.
Richard L. Davis, FACMPE – UNC Scholarship: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill students who are attending UNC's Graduate School of Public Health are eligible to win $1,500 towards their education.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation Merit Scholarships: AHIMA awards $1,000 to students seeking an associate’s degree, $1,500 for undergrad students, $2,000 for graduate students, and $2,500 for doctoral students. You must be an AHIMA member in good standing and actively enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours and have a minimum of six hours remaining in your healthcare administration degree.
Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) Research and Educational Foundation Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Scholarship: This $3,000 award is available to graduate students who are also Nebraska residents with financial need.
New Jersey Hospital Association Health Research and Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship: New Jersey residents are eligible for this $2,000 scholarship. You must have a 3.0 minimum GPA, demonstrate financial need, and submit an essay.
Scholarships for Minorities
Black Philanthropy Bannister Scholarship: This scholarship assists black Rhode Islanders who demonstrate financial need. The award varies and is renewable for up to four years.
Palmetto Health Alliance African-American Scholarship/University of South Carolina: If you have a high undergrad GPA and are enrolled in the MHA program at the University of South Carolina, you may qualify for this variable award.
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses General Mills Health Scholarship: You can win $2,500 if you are a minority student enrolled in an undergraduate healthcare administration program in an accredited program. The committee prefers students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are enrolled in a program that coincides with a Black Caucus member's district.
Corris Boyd Scholars Program/AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration): This is for full-time graduate students of color who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Your program must be accredited by the AUPHA.
Loretta Pratt Lacey Memorial Scholarship/School of Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago:African-American students enrolled in the MHA program at UIC must demonstrate financial need to win this variable award.
The 49 Fund Educational Scholarship: This fund is administered by the Central Florida Foundation and awards $4,900 to LGBT students in Central Florida. Note that you must be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate institution and have graduated from high school in either Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, or Brevard Counties.
The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship: Lesbian and gay students from Alabama can apply the $1,000 award to any college or university in the United States. To qualify for the scholarship, you must write a five-page essay that covers you background, goals, and and educational history.
The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship: Lesbian and gay students from West Virginia can apply the $1,000 award to any college or university in the United States. To qualify for the scholarship, you must write a five-page essay that covers you background, goals, and and educational history.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship: Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker established this scholarship fund for LGBTQ women-identified students. The fund bestows multiple non-renewable awards between $1,500 and $3,000.
Scholarships from Health Organizations
St. Joseph Medical Center/Dignity Health Scholarship Program: This scholarship is for those living in San Joaquin or surrounding California counties. The benefit varies and is based solely upon merit.
Wellpoint Health Networks Endowed Scholarship in Health Administration/University of Southern California: If you are a full-time minority student enrolled in USC's healthcare administration program you are eligible to apply. The benefit varies, and you must demonstrate academic achievement.
Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship: Northern Californians can apply for this $1,500 scholarship if you have a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit an essay expressing interest in gerontology or hospice care.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship: $1000 is awarded to undergrad or graduate students enrolled in a healthcare administration program in Connecticut or any community served by the hospital.
Harrington Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship: This Connecticut hospital provides $2,000 scholarships to community members who either have graduated or who are about to graduate from high school. You must also be enrolled in either an undergrad or graduate healthcare program.
Aiea General Hospital Association Scholarship/Hawaii Community Foundation: This variable award is for Hawaiian residents of Waipahu, Wea Beach, Aiea, Pearl City, Waiane or Kapolei. The scholarship assists both graduate and undergraduate students.
Craig J. Aune Scholarship Fund/Pekin Hospital/Illinois Hospital Association: This $1,000 scholarship is for full-time students enrolled in either a graduate or undergrad program near Pekin Hospital in Illinois. You must show that you are in financial need and maintain an excellent GPA.
Mary Kay and Stephen E. Corbeil Scholarship/University of Iowa College of Public Health: This $2,500 scholarship is for out-of-state students who are attending U of I's MHA program. Leadership potential is a must, as is academic excellence.
Newman Regional Health Auxiliary Scholarship Fund: Students who are pursuing either a graduate or undergraduate degree in healthcare may apply. However, you must be from one of these Kansas counties: Coffey, Morris, Osage, Greenwood, Chae, or Lyon.
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship for Health Professions/Ferris State University: To apply for this $2,000 award, Michigan healthcare administration students must be enrolled as full-time or part-time students at Ferris State University.
Rhode Island Hospital/Pratt/Hughes Scholarship/University of Minnesota School of Public Health Master’s in Healthcare Administration: A $2,000 award is available to graduate students in the University's MHA program. This scholarship is available to full-time students only.
Graduate Level Scholarships and Fellowships
Fordham University Graduate Student Support Grant: Fordham graduate students can apply for this variable award. You must be an MHA student with outstanding academic credentials.
Hofstra University MHA Scholarship: The benefit these scholarship recipients varies, but every MHA candidate is simultaneously applied for the award.
Duke University Health System Administrative Fellowship: This is a two-year fellowship and you must have matriculated with a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration.
Gillings School of Public Health Annual Fund Scholarships/University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Students in the Gillings School of Public Health are eligible. You must demonstrate financial need and be a student in good standing.
Rachel Stevens Scholarship for Public Health Leadership/Gillings School of Public Health-University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: If you have completed one-third of your graduation requirements, you will have preference for this $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, you must also have five years of experience in the field of public health.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WGRP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): This scholarship is not awarded in specific sums but allows you to study out-of-state at in-state tuition rates. To qualify, you must be a resident of a WICHE-member state: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota.
Genesis Healthcare Foundation Scholarship: Graduate and undergrad students with 3.0 GPAs may apply for this variable-benefit scholarship. It is only open to residents of these Ohio counties: Morgan, Noble, Coshocton, Guernsey, Perry or Muskingum.
Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship: This prestigious institution offers a one-year administrative fellowship to MHA degree holders.
Legacy Health Administrative Fellowship: Oregon's Legacy Health offers fellowships to master's degree holders who focused on healthcare administration whether with an MBA, MHA, MPH, or MSN degree.
Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program/Pennsylvania State System Universities: If you are enrolled in a Pennsylvania State System institution and have graduated from Cheyney University as an undergrad, you may be eligible for this full-tuition scholarship. You must have a 3.0 GPA and attending another institution.
Health Policy Research Support Endowment Fund/University of South Carolina: For MPH, MHA or doctoral students of the department who demonstrate commitment to health services research, your benefit varies but you need to be an MHA or doctoral student with a commitment to research in the health services field.
Avera Administrative Fellowship: This fellowship awards you a one-year fellowship in Sioux Falls and Yankton South Dakota. You must have completed your graduate work prior to starting the fellowship.
Part-Time Master’s Fellowship/University of Memphis: Incoming students to the University of Memphis' MHA program are eligible to apply for this scholarship and its $1,500 award.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Hospital & Clinics Administrative Fellowship Program: This two-year fellowship is best for those seeking leadership careers in health administration.
Van Vleet Memorial Doctoral Award/University of Memphis: A $16,000 stipend is available to doctoral students incoming to the School of Public Health at University of Memphis.
Healthcare Administration K12 Scholarships
To become a healthcare administrator, you will have a number of potential degree paths to follow. You will not be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from a regionally accredited college or university; however, you can complete a master’s degree in healthcare administration and complete certificate programs as a specialization.
Healthcare administration positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and most employers give preference to those with a master’s degree. Some employers will even require a doctoral degree. You should begin your aspirational journey to become a healthcare administration by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business, administration, health, public health, science, or other similar degrees.
Here are some scholarships that you can check out on your way to your dream career:
ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program
Deadline: Varies (Previously early April)
The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund is dedicated to graduating high school seniors from any Albuquerque high school. Applicants must be in pursuit of a degree with a STEM major which is science, technology, engineering or mathematics. It is also essential to graduate with at least a 3.6 GPA, be able to demonstrate the need of financial assistance and include an essay.
BBB Northwest Students of Integrity Scholarship
The BBB Northwest Students of Integrity Scholarship is for high school seniors in the states of Alaska and Oregon and the region of western Washington. Applicants are required to create an original video educating people on some of the most common financial and business scams. Recipients will have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
The Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
The Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Scholarship is dedicated to high school juniors and seniors who intend to study business, family and consumer science, personal finance, or marketing. Award winners will be nominated by their teachers and demonstrate use of technology within their designated subject matter and excel in their area of interest.
GMiS Scholars Program
Deadline: April 1
The GMiS Scholars Program is dedicated to Hispanic students who are high school seniors or college and graduate students who are in pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or health-related fields. Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in the US or Puerto Rico.
The Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships
Amount: Up to $15,000 per academic year
Deadline: December 15
The Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are dedicated to high school seniors, GED earners, and college students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Applicants must graduate or have graduated from various counties in middle Tennessee, such as Cannon, Clay, Davidson, Franklin, Hickman, Jackson, Lewis, Macon, and others. Qualifying students must also demonstrate a financial need and be in pursuit of a degree in business, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with at least a 2.5 GPA.
Catching the Dream Program
Deadline: March 15, April 30, September 15
The Catching the Dream Program is dedicated to Native American students high school students who are college bound to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, or business. Award winners will receive college preparation training to increase the chance for success in their undergraduate academic courses. The program is also designed to encourage more Native Americans to enter into fields in which they are underrepresented.
Lillian Kitchen and Zella Kitchen Challis Scholarship
Deadline: March 15
Lillian Kitchen and Zella Kitchen Challis Scholarship is dedicated to high school seniors from Cynthiana, Kentucky. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and plan to pursue degrees and majors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or pre-med. To qualify, applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum ACT score of 28 or an SAT score of 1250 or higher.
Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program
Amount: $1,000-$2,500 (25 Awards)
Deadline: February 28
The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is dedicated to high school seniors who demonstrate superior academic performance, possess leadership skills, and give back to the community. The scholarships will be available to 25 recipients in 14 categories.
Claude B. Hart Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1,200 (renewable)
Deadline: April 1
The Claude B. Hart Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to high school seniors at Elkin High School. Applicants must plan to pursue degrees and majors in accounting, business administration, computer science, or engineering. It is also essential that applicants are able to demonstrate financial need, give back to the community, possess leadership skills, and maintain strong academic performance.
Gladys Carol Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: March 30
The Gladys Carol Scholarship is dedicated to high school students, graduates, and undergraduate students who plant to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Applicants must attend an accredited four-year college or university and possess at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA. This scholarship is eligible for renewal while students continue to meet the requirements.