20 Scholarships in Healthcare Administration

Student debt in the US continues to rise. While pursuing higher education can be a prerequisite to upward social mobility, the burdens of student loans often delay a graduate’s chances of financial advancement and self-sufficiency. Those with high amounts of student loans encounter numerous challenges; they are less likely to start their own business, less likely to own a home, and more likely to take a lower paying and less satisfying job. Furthermore, simple living expenses, carryover debt from an undergraduate degree, and interest adjustments can easily combine to draw out one’s student loan repayment for a decade or more.

Scholarships help. Unlike fellowships, they require no time commitment beyond the application itself. Common scholarship requirements include a submitting a resume detailing both professional and extracurricular activities; a personal statement and/or essay; letter(s) of recommendation; and undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Graduate-level scholarships are more competitive than their undergraduate versions. They can be hard to find, laborious to apply for, and difficult to win. But some can cover an entire year or more of an MHA program’s tuition. For those who aspire to work in a field like healthcare administration, the informal education process begins with scholarship applications.

Here are 20 scholarships to consider in healthcare administration, including several regional awards and those open to members of specific groups.

Healthcare Administration Scholarships – General

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000 – $10,000
  • Deadline: June 28
  • What to Know: Tylenol sells products that help people in the present moment. Their Future Care Scholarship empowers people to help others in the future. Over the last 23 years, it’s provided over $8 million to students who have displayed exemplary leadership and community involvement in dedication to a career of helping others.
  • Who Should Apply: Scholarships are awarded to students and practitioners who are seeking a degree to exact positive change in a healthcare setting. Selection criteria include college GPA, academic records in public health, community or volunteer service, and essay content.

David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: April 1
  • What to Know: Founded in 1987, the Winston Fellowship supports graduate-level health policy students in the hopes of improving and refreshing the national discussion. Students of all political and ideological perspectives are encouraged to apply, as the scholarship honors Mr. Winston’s lifelong commitment to public-private partnerships and bipartisan collaboration as necessary drivers of progressive and high-quality health policy.
  • Who Should Apply: The scholarship program recognizes student excellence and achievement through an applicant’s academic record and recommendations from faculty and colleagues.

Corris Boyd Scholars Program (Hospital Corporation of America)

  • Amount: $40,000
  • Deadline: April 17
  • What to Know: The HCA is a nonprofit operator of healthcare facilities. Its Scholars Program honors the legacy of Mr. Corris Boyd, a senior healthcare executive dedicated to increasing diversity in the field. Applicants are judged on their leadership qualities, academic achievements, community involvement, and commitment to healthcare and health management as a career path.
  • Who Should Apply: The scholarship is available to students of color with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have been accepted into an AUPHA member master’s program.

Foster G. McGaw Scholarship (American College of Healthcare Executives)

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 31
  • What to Know: The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is a professional society of over 40,000 healthcare executives. They offer credentialing services, provide educational programs, and disseminate academic publications—all to advance a vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be in their final year of graduate study and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to student associates of the ACHE.

Richard J. Stull Award (American College of Healthcare Executives)

  • Amount: $1,000 – $3,000
  • Deadline: December 1
  • What to Know: Also presented by the ACHE, the Richard J. Stull award asks applicants to submit essays on a popular healthcare management topic. Students are judged on the significance of the chosen topic, the innovativeness of their approach to it, the thoroughness and precision in developing the subject, the practical utility it presents to guiding management action, and the clarity and conciseness of its expression.
  • Who Should Apply: Strong written communication skills are a must. Applicants also need to be a member or student associate of the ACHE.

Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship (Society for Public Health Education)

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: Varies
  • What to Know: The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit association of health education professionals who raise awareness of the connection between behavioral health, health education, and the surrounding environment. They use professional development, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and advocacy to promote their vision of a healthy world.
  • Who Should Apply: This scholarship is focused on those who have excelled academically, proven a commitment to a career in public health, and are able to demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be a member of SOPHE for at least three months prior to applying. Once awarded, recipients must actively participate in a SOPHE sponsored committee, task force, or initiative.

ACMPE Scholarship Fund (Medical Group Management Association)

  • Amount: $2,500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: May 5
  • What to Know: The Medical Group Management Association believes in empowering practices, providers, and patients to create meaningful change in healthcare. On top of partnering with the ACMPE to offer numerous scholarships and grants, they compile benchmarking data and statistics, develop strategies for job placement, and provide educational collateral and certifications.
  • Who Should Apply: While different requirements apply to specific scholarships, all applicants must be student members of the MGMA and enrolled in a graduate program relevant to public health, healthcare administration, business administration, or medical practice management.

AHIMA Foundation

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: September 30
  • What to Know: Established in 1962, the Foundation of the American Health Information Management Association is a nonprofit entity originally dedicated to procuring books for the AHIMA library and providing loans to students of health information management (HIM); now they aim to be the leading resource for HIM professionals in terms of development, research, and field advancement.
  • Who Should Apply: Those with a specialization in health informatics are the focus of this award. Applicants must be a current member of AHIMA, and must have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA on their most recently completed 24 credit hours of graduate study.

Gil Dupre Scholarship (Louisiana Association of Health Plans)

  • Amount: $2,500 – $10,000
  • Deadline: November 7
  • What to Know: Established in 1991, LAHP facilitates communication between members, government, and industry in regards to healthcare issues, advocating for policy decisions from the strength of a unified voice.
  • Who Should Apply: Students in an LAHP-recognized graduate health management program are the focus of this study. Applicants must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a 3.0 GPA in their first year of graduate study, and the ability to demonstrate financial need. Leadership and significant community involvement are important criteria.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

  • Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Deadline: First Tuesday in February
  • What to Know: The Truman Scholarship awards several programs and graduate-level scholarships to college juniors who aim for careers in public service – including healthcare administration. Truman Scholars sit on the United States Supreme Court, work in the White House, serve in state and public legislatures, transform nonprofits into powerhouses, and organize change in local communities.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must plan ahead, as students need to be nominated in their third year of undergraduate study by a faculty representative. Grades are not as much of a factor as community service, leadership, and activism. Please note that each university has its own nominating process (up to four students per school), and it’s important to reach out to faculty representatives during one’s sophomore year to ensure eligibility.

Healthcare Administration Scholarships – Regional

Craig K. Aune Scholarship (Pekin Hospital Foundation)

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 11
  • What to Know: Established in 1986, Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for the town of Pekin, Illinois to impact healthcare in its community. Donor money is used to change health outcomes, save lives, enrich the community, and transform care.
  • Who Should Apply: Students living in the Pekin area are eligible to apply. Priority is extended to those who intend to return to Pekin Hospital to practice their skills.

Dvora Brodie Scholarship (New England HIMSS Foundation)

  • Amount: $1,250
  • Deadline: Varies
  • What to Know: The HIMSS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a nonprofit organization that seeks to optimize health engagements and care outcomes through the use of information technology. The HIMSS Foundation sponsors students in various areas of healthcare IT studies and directs special projects in the field of healthcare informatics. This “internship grant” was designed to offset some of the costs associated with completing unpaid internships.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be a member of the HIMSS, and either be from New England or attending a school in the New England area, completing an unpaid internship. Students with a specialization in health informatics are the focus of this scholarship.

Edwina Foye Award (Foundation for Seacoast Health)

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: April 1
  • What to Know: The Foundation for Seacoast Health is a regional association that seeks to meet the health needs of the Seacoast community. They believe healthcare is not solely curative, and must also include the broader scope of physical and mental wellbeing. In addition to facilitating scholarships and grants, they provide oversight at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, maintain a multi-tenant non-profit community campus, and sponsor community building initiatives.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must have been a resident of a select community in either New Hampshire (Portsmouth, North Hampton, Greenland, Rye, Newington, New Castle) or Maine (Kittery, Eliot, York) for a minimum of two years prior to the award year.

Larry A. Mullins Scholarship (Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation)

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Last Friday in April
  • What to Know: The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation funds medical equipment for its regional hospital, and also provides financial support for patients, low-income individuals, and community wellness programs. This scholarship honors Larry A. Mullins, the president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, upon completion of his doctoral degree in healthcare administration. Dr. Mullins chairs the selection committee for the scholarship.
  • Who Should Apply: All races, creeds, and genders are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to veterans of the military, to those willing to practice in Oregon or Arizona, and to those who currently attend one of a select list of institutions (Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, Linn Benton Community College, Medical University of South Carolina, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, and Western University of Health Sciences – COMP Northwest).

Nebraska Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 18
  • What to Know: The NHA Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing better healthcare to the citizens of Nebraska. They foster educational programs to train health services personnel, provide financial aid for Nebraska hospital employees to further their healthcare education, and sponsor research in the healthcare field.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be employed by a member hospital of the NHA for at least two years.

University of Washington

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: TBD
  • What to Know: The University of Washington’s MHA program is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation. The school offers five scholarship opportunities to its students, with separate awards given for community service, leadership, diversity, financial need, and public presentation skills.
  • Who Should Apply: First and second year MHA students at the University of Washington are the focus of these scholarships. The application is mainly essay-based.

Healthcare Administration Scholarships – Demographic

Albert W. Dent Scholarship (American College of Healthcare Executives)

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 31
  • What to Know: Another scholarship offered through the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Albert W. Dent scholarship is in honor of the first African American fellow of the ACHE.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be part of a minority group as the term is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Applicants must also be in their final year of graduate study and able to demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to student associates of ACHE.

Haynes Rice Award (National Association of Health Services Executives)

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 29
  • What to Know: Established in 1968, the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is a nonprofit association that promotes the advancement and development of African American healthcare leaders. This scholarship honors the legacy of Haynes Rice, a founder of the NAHSE and a director of Howard University Hospital.
  • Who Should Apply: African American students in the last year of graduate study, who can demonstrate financial need, are the focus of this scholarship. Applicants must be NAHSE members.

Florence Gaynor Award (National Association of Health Services Executives)

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 29
  • What to Know: Another scholarship offered by the NAHSE, this award honors Florence Gaynor, the first African American woman to head a major teaching hospital in the United States.
  • Who Should Apply: Female African American students in their last year of graduate study, who can demonstrate financial need, are the focus of this scholarship. Applicants must be NAHSE members.

Ellis Bonner Award (National Association of Health Services Executives)

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 29
  • What to Know: The third and final scholarship offered by the NAHSE, this award specifically targets ‘non-traditional’ African American students. While the term ‘non-traditional’ can be defined in many ways—with criteria including part-time students, working students, or students with dependents—it is often a general term for students over the age of 25.
  • Who Should Apply: Non-traditional African American students in their last year of graduate study, who can demonstrate financial need, are the focus of this scholarship. Applicants must be NAHSE members.