Top Health Administration Scholarships (2020)


The cost of higher education continues to rise, forcing students to take on a considerable amount of debt to fulfill their dream of getting a quality education. Debt can take decades to repay, and exorbitant amounts of time spent worrying about it after graduation. This affects students’ quality of life, as they struggle to make ends meet. Fortunately for health administration students, there’s an increasing number of scholarship opportunities available to mitigate these financial (and psychological) burdens.

Scholarships are a boon for students, as they help them afford an education without a mountain of debt. What’s more, many have easy applications. Most scholarships require students to submit their professional and academic records, a resume, letters of recommendation, and an essay.

Graduate-level scholarships, in particular, can cover a large portion of the tuition for a quality master’s in health administration (MHA) program. Students committed to making a career in healthcare administration can benefit greatly from these scholarships. With tuition rates in the tens of thousands of dollars, scholarships can make the MHA within reach, especially for students already facing a significant amount of debt from their undergraduate education or substantial existing economic responsibilities.

Here are the top ten scholarships in healthcare administration, divided into general, regional, and demographic categories. To qualify for this list, the scholarship must award $2,500 or more and be open to students of health administration or management.

National Health Administration Scholarships

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

  • Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Deadline: February 4, 2020
  • 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.

Harry J. Harwick Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in March 2020
  • What to Know: The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) sponsors the Harry J. Harwick Scholarship. The ACMPE supports students and individuals who make (or intend to make) meaningful contributions to the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) mission of improving healthcare.
  • Who Should Apply: Students applying for the scholarship must be enrolled in an ACEHSA or AUPHA-accredited program related to medical practice management, such as healthcare administration, public health, or business administration, at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Foster G. McGaw Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • What to Know: The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is a professional society of over 40,000 healthcare executives. It offers this scholarship to healthcare management students, honoring Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. ACHE, known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs, provides exceptional value to its members and has made this scholarship available to help future healthcare leaders.
  • Who Should Apply: Students who are citizens of Canada or the U.S. and demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship. To apply, students must be entering their final year of study in a graduate healthcare management program. Applicants cannot be a previous recipient of this scholarship. Application requirements include current resume or curriculum vitae, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, and an application essay. Preference is given to student associates of the ACHE.

ACMPE Scholarship Fund (Medical Group Management Association)

  • Amount: $2,500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in March 2020
  • 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.

David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: April 10, 2020
  • What to Know: Since 1987, the David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship identifies and honors students committed to the field of health policy. Its purpose is to increase the number of students receiving quality healthcare education. Awardees are invited to a one-day health policy symposium in Washington, D.C. 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: To apply, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Those enrolled in the first year of accredited health policy, public policy, health administration or health management graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Application requirements include a current resume, a personal statement, undergraduate and graduate registrar-issued transcripts, and two letters of nomination.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Deadline: June, 2020
  • 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. The makers of Tylenol have supported students pursuing healthcare degrees for more than 20 years. They award half a million dollars each year to 35 to 40 exceptional students dedicated to healthcare.
  • Who Should Apply: Scholarships are awarded to students and practitioners who must be residents of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia. They must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, pursuing health education, public health, medical school, or a pharmacy degree program, and have one or more years of education remaining. Selection criteria for the scholarship include college GPA, academic records in health education, public health, medical school, as well as volunteer work.

Healthcare Information Management Systems Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: Summer 2020
  • What to Know: The HIMSS awards two scholarships, at the undergraduate and master’s levels, respectively. Recipients receive $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Annual HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition.
  • Who Should Apply: The applicant must be a member of HIMSS. They should be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in related to health information and technology. Application requirements include a completed application, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume.

Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: September 2020
  • 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. It offers the Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship to students excelling in health education. The SOPHE is committed to building skills and knowledge that help health educators deal with public health emergencies.
  • Who Should Apply: The scholarship is awarded to three full-time undergraduate or graduate students in need of financial assistance and who have held a national SOPHE membership for at least three months. On winning the scholarship, the students must take part in a national SOPHE-sponsored committee or task force. Winners are also granted an $800 21st Century Scholarship to attend SOPHE’s Annual Conference at which scholarship awards will be presented.

AHIMA Foundation

  • Amount: $1,000 – $2,500
  • Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • 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. Every year, AHIMA offers scholarships to exceptional undergraduate students in health information technology (HIT) and health information management (HIM), and also to professionals who are pursuing doctoral or master’s degrees in health informatics.
  • 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.

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

  • Amount: $1,000 – $3,000
  • Deadline: December 2020
  • 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: This competition is open to all students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Canadian or U.S. health administration program. It is necessary for the program to be a part of the ACHE Higher Education Network. Strong written communication skills are a must. Applicants also need to be a member or student associate of the ACHE.

Regional Health Administration Scholarships

Edwina Foye Award (Foundation for Seacoast Health)

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • 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.

Craig J. Aune Scholarship (Pekin Hospital Foundation)

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 11, 2020
  • 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. This scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a health care professions program.
  • 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.

Larry A. Mullins Scholarship (Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation)

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 24, 2020
  • 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 2020
  • 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.

Gil Dupre Scholarship (Louisiana Residents Only)

  • Amount: $2,500 to $10,000
  • Deadline: November 2020
  • What to Know: The Gil Dupre Graduate Student Scholarship is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Health Plans. The main aim of the scholarship is to promote careers and education in the field of health insurance and health benefits. The scholarship is named in honor of LAHP’s founder and CEO, who served the industry for 41 years before his retirement in 2012.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be residents of Louisiana with demonstrated leadership in health benefits and service to their communities; Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled in their final year of study, in an MBA, healthcare management, healthcare administration, or related graduate management program. Additionally, applicants should be US citizens and demonstrate a need for financial aid.

Dvora Brodie Scholarship (New England HIMSS Foundation)

  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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.
  • 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. Students with a specialization in health informatics are the focus of this scholarship.

University of Washington

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: November 2020
  • 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.

Demographic-Specific Health Administration Scholarships

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • What to Know: The American College of Healthcare Executives also offers a scholarship to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs. This scholarship was established in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE.
  • Who Should Apply: Minority students in their last year of an MHA, MPH, Healthcare Administration MBA or related program, with an expected graduation date between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 are eligible to apply. Applicants are not required to be student members of ACHE, however must be citizens of Canada or the U.S. and demonstrate financial need.

The Bachrach Family Scholarship for Excellence in Healthcare Administration

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • What to Know: The Bachrach Family Scholarship for Excellence in Healthcare Administration was established to honor the areas and institutions that played a role in the success of David and Linda Bachrach.
  • Who Should Apply: Students applying for this scholarship must be enrolled on a full-time basis in a CAHME-accredited residential graduate program in healthcare administration and must be in their second year of study. Female applicants, students who need financial help, and those who are first in their family to pursue a graduate degree are given preference. Selection is based on college GPA and commitment to healthcare and healthcare management. Application requirements include a personal statement, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.

Corris Boyd Scholars Program (Hospital Corporation of America)

  • Amount: $40,000
  • Deadline: April 18, 2020
  • 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. Additional requirements include unofficial GRE or GMAT score report, a current resume, a personal statement, three letter of recommendation, and official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.

The Haynes Rice Scholarship Award

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 2020
  • 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. It awards this scholarship to minority students pursuing a career in healthcare management or a related field. Since money can often be a barrier to education, it aims to help students with financial needs.
  • Who Should Apply: Applicant must be an African American graduate student enrolled or admitted in an accredited college program, pursuing a bachelor or master of science, or doctoral degree, with a major in healthcare administration or a related field. They must also demonstrate a financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be a NAHSE member.

The Ellis Bonner Scholarship Award

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 2020
  • What to Know: The Ellis Bonner Award is another scholarship awarded by the NAHSE. This special category award recognizes exceptional leadership skills and academic achievement among non-traditional graduate students, who wish to make a mark in healthcare management. 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: To apply for this scholarship, Non-traditional African American students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited bachelor of science, master of science, or doctorate program, in healthcare management or a related subject. The applicant should also be a member of NAHSE, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate financial need.

Florence Gaynor Award (National Association of Health Services Executives)

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 2020
  • 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.
Farheen Gani
Farheen Gani

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