Hello!  My name is Matt Witt and I have had the pleasure serving as the SC HIMSS Scholarship chair for the last several years.  The Scholarship committee is established each year to evaluate the candidate submissions for the $3000 award that is offered by the chapter, annually.  The committee consists of board members and the previous year’s scholarship recipients.  Contact information is located on each year’s application packet and is released each Spring semester for selection at beginning of Summer.

Interested parties and applicants should look for the scholarship packet on the SC HIMSS website as it is made available each March with a May submission deadline.  Recipients are announced in June.  The chapter is quite proud to be able to offer scholarships each year to help bolster our mission of developing members while advocating for health information  technology and health information management.  Qualified applicants must be HIMSS/SC HIMSS members.  For questions, please email

2020 Scholarship Recipient

The SC chapter of HIMSS is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipient, Maria Petrie, RN, CISSP!  The committee received many impressive submissions for this year’s award and we are honored to have Maria as this year’s winner. Read more…

Scholarship Program

2020 Scholarship Application Submission Window is Now Closed

Purpose: To provide financial assistance and recognition to a qualified student in an accredited program in health management, health information technology, management programs with a health focus, or technology programs with a health focus.

Program Structure, Eligibility and Award Criteria: A ($3,000) scholarship will be offered to one student in an undergraduate or graduate program.

  1. A Scholarship will be offered to a student in the following types of programs:
    1. Health information management/technology
    2. Health management, with a focus in information management/technology
    3. Clinical programs with a focus in information management/technology
    4. Health science programs with a focus in information management/technology
    5. Business management programs with a focus in health information management/technology
    6. Management science programs with a focus in health information management/technology
    7. Other types of degree programs which emphasize health information management/technology
  2. Participation is open to students who are enrolled in a degree program in an accredited college or university.
  3. Eligibility for a scholarship award will be based upon the following criteria:
    1. Individual submission of scholarship application
    2. Two letters of professional recommendations accompany the application. These should be from individuals that are familiar with the student’s work such as a work supervisor or college professor
    3. A short essay (up to two pages) that addresses:
    4. why information management/technology is important in healthcare today,
    5. why the student has chosen the field, and
    6. discussion of a major issue facing the health industry and how information technology can address the issue
    7. Grade point average at or above 3.0. The most recent, official transcript must be included with the scholarship application.
  4. Criteria for Evaluation of application and award of the scholarship will include, at a minimum:
    1. Meets or exceeds grade point criterion
    2. Quality of recommendations
    3. Quality of applicants essay
    4. Student is a member of SC HIMSS

2020 Scholarship Schedule:

Activity Date
Scholarship applications due May 25, 2020
Select award recipient June 12, 2020
Notify award recipient June 15, 2020
Announce to Chapter June 22, 2020
Remit scholarship to school By July 1, 2020

Contact Information:
Awardees will be notified by mail and/or email. Please send a completed application to the SC HIMSS Scholarship member via electronic submission or postal service:
Shannon Sommers
309 Whispering Cypress
Charleston, SC 29414


Awardee Benefit:
In addition to receiving a monetary scholarship, the awardee will be designated as Student Liaison with a seat on the SC HIMSS Board. The Board values the scholarship experience you just had and will ask that you be a member of the Scholarship committee. You will be obligated to participate in monthly board calls/meetings for at least 50% of the year and serve as a member of the selection committee for the subsequent year.

2020 SC HIMSS Scholarship Application
For questions, contact any member of the Chapter Leadership or email us at