Healthcare Administration Scholarships

Become a Leader in the Healthcare Field

Healthcare administration professionals work as managers in different types of healthcare facilities, including doctors’ offices (which is known as practice management). After you graduate, you can expect to find employment in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, or even in public health agencies. You will be expected to keep your facility running smoothly, supervising departments from building maintenance to bookkeeping while delivering health care of high quality.

As the healthcare business grows, the number of students trained in healthcare administration will continue to increase, and the scholarship information on this page is an introduction to the financial aid available to students in the field rather than a complete guide.

Scholarships From Colleges

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillhealthcare admin scholarships

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has posted a lengthy page with information on its awards and scholarships. The degree track includes a bachelors in public health followed by a masters in healthcare administration, and here are three of the available scholarships (you will need to check with Gillings to verify their current annual amounts):

  • The Sandra Winn Green Scholarship in Public Health awards $1,200 to an outstanding student with a strong academic history and impressive practice experience.
  • The Elizabeth Reaves Martin Moore Scholarship gives $1,000 to a student who plans to work in a rural area or with another underserved population.
  • The Robert and Kristen Greczyn Scholarship in Public Health brings $1,500 to a student who displays potential by way of an excellent record in school.

Ferris State University

Ferris State University’s College of Health Professions has several scholarships listed for its Health Care Systems Administration students, including these three:

  • The Anne Szabunia Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a nontraditional student who has finished 90 credit hours toward a degree and has an overall GPA of 3.0. It brings $1,000 and is not renewable.
  • The Call Family Scholarship is for a junior with financial need and at least a 2.75 GPA. Your participation in school and community activities will be considered, and the amount is variable.
  • The Mike Shira Health Care Systems Administration scholarship is for either a junior or a senior who has maintained a GPA of 3.0. Your financial need may factor into the scholarship decision.

Scholarships From Professional Organizations

Medical Group Management Association-American College of Medical Practice Executives

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) together have established the ACMPE Scholarship Fund Program to support students seeking degrees in medical practice management or healthcare administration. The suitable scholarships currently offered include the following:

  • The Bachrach Family Scholarship for Excellence in Health Care Administration goes to a graduate student who has a GPA of 3.0 and an interest in managing medical practices. Preference goes to disadvantaged students.
  • The Harry J. Harwick Scholarship is for undergraduates in a program belonging to the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and for graduate students in a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
  • The MGMA Midwest Section and Western Section Scholarships both go to student members of the MGMA who live in certain MGMA regions.

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

The AUPHA makes scholarships available to students enrolled in its member programs at various colleges and universities, and the program director at each school is responsible for overseeing the distribution of funds. The two main scholarships provided by AUPHA are these:

  • The HCA Corris Boyd Scholars Program bestows $40,000 each on two minority students entering a masters program in healthcare management. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and be either U. S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship can go to either an undergraduate or a graduate student, although the AUPHA monies are directed to graduate programs that are full members of AUPHA. This scholarship is named for the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation (AHSC), who has donated generously to support healthcare administration students.

American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives underwrites two $5,000 scholarships for which its student associates receive preference. Both are intended for students in the last year of a masters program in healthcare management, and the other criteria are also very similar, with the primary distinction being the reservation of the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship for a minority candidate.

Both the Dent award and the Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship (also named for the AHSC founder) require a showing of financial need and either U. S. or Canadian citizenship. Previous recipients of either scholarship may not qualify for the other in later years, and students who have already entered residency may not apply.

New Jersey Hospital Association

The New Jersey Hospital Association, in cooperation with the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, hands out scholarships for $2,000 to New Jersey residents studying healthcare administration. Applicants can be either juniors and senior undergraduates or graduate students, must have a GPA of 3.0, must be accepted into an appropriate program, and must be able to demonstrate financial need.

A two-page essay will provide 50% of your evaluation, and you must also supply a letter of recommendation and transcript.