Pursuing a career in diagnostic medical sonography or as an ultrasound technician can be expensive. Whether just graduating from high school and starting higher education for the first time, or returning to school later in life, new students in sonography often need to seek grants, general financial assistance, sonography program scholarships or ultrasound technician scholarships. Doing so requires research and application completion time, things which most graduating seniors and aspiring adult students both seem to have little of, to devote to the sometimes frustrating financial aid process. To make things easier on sonography students, below are a list of 17 available sonography scholarships applicable to their chosen career field.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation
Each year, the SDMS Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship Program awards a $2500 scholarship to one or more sonography students who are currently SDMS members in good standing. The student(s) must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography program or a CAAHEP accredited cardiovascular technology education program in the United States. Awardees may use the scholarship for books, educational fees or tuition. There are two application deadlines: December 31 for spring and summer session expenses, and June 30 for fall and winter session expenses. The application process consists of an online SDMS Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship Program Online Application, with essay questions and required attachments. In 2013, two of the SDMS Foundation Scholarships were awarded. Students may apply through sdmsfoundation.org.
SDMS Foundation Sonographer Advanced Degree Scholarship Program
For advanced degree students who already have a minimum of two years of full time sonography career experience, a $2500 scholarship is available through the SDMS. Eligible Applicants for the sonography scholarship must be in bachelors, masters or doctoral programs. The scholarship program pays:
- Course tuition
- Books and educational fees
The International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research
Also available to students accepted to or enrolled in accredited diagnostic medical sonography schools, the International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research offers $500 scholarships to ultrasound students. The diagnostic medical sonography program must be accredited by the CAAHEP. Forms for completion to gain consideration for this ultrasound scholarship are available on the foundation’s website ifser.squarespace.com.
Through AMVETS, an American veterans service organization, six $4,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors who are the child or grandchild of a veteran of the US military or active duty armed forces member. Former military members or active duty servicemen and women are also eligible for one of three $4,000 scholarships set aside just for their educational future. Junior ROTC high school seniors are eligible for their own $1000 award toward higher education, which can include any college or accredited ultrasound technician program. To be eligible for the $4000 award, high school seniors must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need and show a bright future in academia. More information about this scholarship is available on the AMVETS website, or high school seniors can seek additional information through their family servicemember or high school counselor.
Anne Jones Scholarship of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)
The Society for Vascular Ultrasound awards a $2500 Anne Jones Scholarship to a student actively enrolled as a full time student in an accredited vascular sonography program offering an associate or BS degree. The student must also be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States, in addition to maintaining a 3.5 GPA or greater in their academic studies. Applicants must submit two typed professional letters of recommendation, a 500 word essay, information about their financial need for the scholarship, details of applicable extra-curricular activities, the student’s official transcript, their resume and the official application for the Anne Jones Scholarship. More information can be obtained from the Society for Vascular Ultrasound website.
Campus RN, a job resource website for nursing and health related career applicants, offers six $2500 scholarships in each of its six regions in the United States. This scholarship can be used by students of accredited ultrasound technician programs, as well as for other health career education paths. The CampusRN website has more details about the scholarship program on both their national and state pages.
Lansing Community College
Active students or those accepted to degree programs in medical sonography at Lansing Community College (LCC) in Michigan are eligible for a variety of ultrasound scholarships. The Belen Health Careers Scholarship is for students who commit to working one year at a healthcare facility in Lansing, Michigan. Another requirement is that the student must be over the age of 25 years. An additional scholarship option for young mothers who are LCC students with a 3.0 GPA or higher is the Jan and Joe Foster Health Careers Scholarship. For this award, the student must be 23 years of age or older. The Peppermint Gift Shop Scholarship of the Ingham Regional Medical Center provides an amount of $1500 to each of two medical students annually. All of these programs, and others as they become available, may be reviewed and applied for on lcc.edu.
Health Careers Foundation
The Health Careers Foundation, established to aid men and women desiring to become healthcare professionals, has provided over $9 million in financial assistance to nontraditional students over the past 17 years. One of the HCF’s goals is to alleviate the shortage of qualified healthcare professionals in the workforce. The Health Careers Foundation’s scholarship program runs from January 1 to April 1 of each year. An application and additional information about this program may be requested on the Health Careers Foundation website.
The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs to its Associates (employees) and dependent children of Walmart employees who have been actively employed with Walmart for at least six months. These scholarships may be used toward ultrasound or diagnostic medical sonography programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid through the Department of Education. More details are available on the Walmart Foundation website.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
One of sonography scholarship funds specifically developed to assist minorities seeking higher education and advanced degrees, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a multitude of scholarship partnerships and programs for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Students of medical sonography may wish to apply for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s General Scholarship. This program is for any degree program at an accredited school, for students of Hispanic heritage who are US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. Information about the HSF’s scholarship programs is available on their website.
More scholarships for sonography study:
John C. Volderauer Scholarship
Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship
Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship
TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship
JustHomeMedical.com Health Care Leaders Scholarship
Allied Healthcare Scholarship in California