Going to school for diagnostic medical sonography, just like any other educational program, can be a fairly expensive proposition if you don’t have any financial aid. Fortunately, also just as with other programs, financial aid is available if you qualify. By far the most desirable kind of financial aid to get is grant based assistance, since loans will just become a financial burden further on down the line. Grants in an educational context, particularly for undergraduate level work, are known as scholarships.
Scholarships are offered by all sorts of different organizations. In general, scholarships are awarded by these organizations when people meet certain criteria. These criteria can be quite variable. The award of scholarships may be based on academic performance, their socio-economic or racial group, their financial need, or a combination of these or other factors. The following are some types of organizations that offer scholarships:
Colleges and Universities
The place to begin looking for grants is with the college which you are planning to attend. Most colleges that offer educational programs in diagnostic medical sonography either offer scholarships of their own or can fill you very thoroughly on what your scholarship options are.
The government sometimes gives grants and scholarships. This can occur on the federal or state level. Funds are set aside so that those in financial need can go to school. Often one applies for these grants by filling out generalized forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
There are foundations that concentrate specifically on granting scholarships. These are known as grant foundations or scholarships foundations. They may have large endowments of government funds or from donations by wealthy people. They often give scholarships for certain types of study such as technology, the arts, or in this case health fields.
The following are a few organizations to which you can consider applying in your search for a diagnostic medical sonography scholarship:
Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation
The SDMS foundation awards $2,500 scholarships to people attending accredited schools who are a member of SDMS and who can demonstrate financial need. Also the student applying for this scholarship must complete a short essay describing why they deserve a scholarship. More information can be found at their website: http://www.sdms.org/.
Society for Vascular Ultrasound Anne Jones Scholarship
The SVU also provides $2,500 for sonography education to those who qualify. The eligibility criteria in this case are that the student must be entering their last year of instruction, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Website: http://www.svunet.org
Lansing Community College Medical Scholarships
This community college offers a number of different diagnostic medical sonography scholarships. The award of these scholarships are based on criteria such as academic performance, work at a Lansing health care facility, and so on. More information can be found on the college’s website at Icc.edu.
Scholarship programs often require that an individual attend an accredited educational institution. But then, those tend to be some of the best schools anyway, so a student is well advised to try to gain admission to them.
Diagnostic medical sonography scholarships and grants are a great way for students of this field to pay for school. A consultation with a financial aid adviser or a simple internet search will reveal quite a number of these scholarship opportunities. Then a student is advised to apply to as many as possible to maximize their chances of getting the most awards and covering a significant portion of the their tuition.