10 Scholarships for Anesthesiology Students

Anesthesiology is a challenging but essential part of medicine. Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, Anesthesia Technologists and Anesthesiologist Assistants are all critical in keeping patients safe and comfortable during a range of procedures, from minor surgery to major operations. Of course, as with any medical profession, it is not always an easy career to pursue, either intellectually or financially. The scholarships featured in this post are available to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the anesthesia field, in many different capacities. In addition to these 10 options, many anesthesiologist schools offer their own scholarships and fellowships to allow passionate students to pursue their dreams.

American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association recognizes the astonishing and ongoing lack of diversity across various healthcare fields, including anesthesia. In order to promote diversity, the AHA along with Macy’s, offers an annual scholarship for any minority woman pursuing a degree in a healthcare field, the GoRed for Women scholarship.

The majority of cardiovascular technologists are and will continue to be employed in the hospital setting. However, as physicians continue to take advantage of outpatient procedures more and more, these professionals can also expect to find increased demand in private physicians offices as well as medical laboratories and other outpatient facilities.

Applicants for this scholarship must be already enrolled at an accredited college, university or allied health institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The scholarship also has an essay and recommendation letter component to its application process. The total awarded to scholarship recipients is currently $2500.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship

Rather than provide cash for academic study outright, some scholarships offer opportunities that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to obtain. The American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship is just one of these types of awards. Winning applicants are able to travel to Ethiopia to train in local anesthesia practices at the Cure Hospital, which is a pediatric orthopedic hospital. The scholarship provides travel, room and board for the duration of the training and work. This scholarship is only open to anesthesia residents who are in the first or second year of their residency and who have completed at least one month of pediatric anesthesia clinical experience.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Student Scholarships

Each year, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) offers student scholarships to any student who is a member in good standing and a is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist candidate. Students must have completed at least six months of CRNA courses from an accredited program and be in the first or second year of the program. New nursing students are not eligible for AANA scholarships.

University of Colorado at Denver Virtue Scholarship

The Virtue Scholarship is named for anesthesiologist and researcher Dr. Robert W. Virtue who earned his M.D. at the University of Colorado at Denver. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to medical students who aim to use their anesthesia studies to pursue careers in “clinical, translational, or basic science.” Scholarship applicants must already be pursuing anesthesia at CU Denver, with applications being due on September 1st of the student’s first year (CA1). If accepted, students receive $6000 towards that year of studies and an additional $12500 per year if they remain in good standing.

Mentoring is also another important piece of this particular scholarship, with mentoring relationships starting early in the residency program and extending throughout the student’s time at CU. Student will be provided with extensive research opportunities to foster their experience as part of the scientific community. Upon completion of residency, Virtue scholars spend at least two years on the faculty at CU and must pay back any scholarship money should they choose to leave the program before their commitment is expired. To apply, interested students must submit details on their research experience, career plan and letters of reference.

Chase Honorary Anesthesiology Support Endowment Scholarship

Established by Florida anesthesiologist Dr. Charles J. Chase, the Chase Honorary Anesthesiology Support Endowment Scholarship allows students at Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine to attend an annual educational conference to meet and learn from current anesthesiologists. The intent of the program is to encourage medical students to pursue anesthesiology as a specialization. The scholarship is only available to students who are currently enrolled at the NSU College of Medicine.

Sheridan National Allied Health Scholarship

Each year, Sheridan Healthcare awards a scholarship to a promising Anesthesiologist Assistant student. Applicants for the Sheridan National Allied Health Scholarship must have completed at least one year (12 months) at an accredited anesthesiologist assistant program in the U.S. with a 3.5 GPA. Students must be nominated for the scholarship by a program director, faculty member or clinical coordinator from his or her program. Scholarship winners are awarded $5000.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Every year, Tylenol offers the Tylenol Future Care Scholarships to students around the U.S. who are pursuing healthcare careers. These scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Based on applications that include community service, academic credentials, and recommendations, tuition money is awarded to at least 40 students each year, in amounts ranging from $500 to $10000. These awards are not renewable, although students are able to apply to the program again, even if they have received the award in the past. The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship is a great opportunity for anesthesiologists as well as anesthesiology assistants or nurses who are pursuing their education.

Health Occupation Students of America Scholarship

The Health Occupation Students of America Scholarship is offered each year to secondary and post-secondary students who are pursuing healthcare careers. A variety of scholarships are available from HOSA sponsors including CVS, U.S. Public Health Service, and the HOSA scholarship fund. HOSA members need only submit one application, which consist of an academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement to be considered for the full spectrum of scholarships. Aspiring anesthesiologists should consider joining HOSA in order to be eligible for this particular scholarship program.

University of Michigan at Flint Diane Brown CRNA Scholarship

The University of Michigan at Flint awards the Diane Brown CRNA Scholarship to nursing students in order to promote the nurse anesthetist profession. Applicants must be in the second year of their CRNA program and demonstrate merit to make them eligible for this financial award. Community participation and professional healthcare organization participation are also required.

Virginia Apgar Society

Anesthesiology residents at the Columbia University School of Medicine are eligible to apply for the Virginia Apgar Society. Scholarship recipients receive the opportunity to meet with other scholars and join a lifelong membership of successful anesthesiologists. In addition, students will receive $15000 annually during three years of their CA and fellowship experience.

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