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 ten options, many anesthesiologist schools offer their own scholarships and fellowships to allow passionate students to pursue their dreams.

​Rural Access Scholarship

Rural communities can often have a difficult time recruiting and retaining quality medical staff. To help with this issue, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) offers the Rural Access Scholarship. This scholarship comes in the form of a stipend of up to $500 to assist medical students and residents to complete a rural clerkship. The award is to be used towards travel and lodging expenses.

Candidates must be in their third or fourth year of medical school and must be an ASA member. Additionally, students must complete their clerkship with one of the ASA selected rural mentors.

  • Who should apply: Current medical students who are ASA members
  • Amount: Up to $500
  • Deadline: January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1, 2022, depending on when the rotation starts

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 a resource-poor setting to train in local anesthesia practices.

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.

  • Who should apply: Anesthesiology residents who have are in their first or second year
  • Amount: Travel along with all associated expenses
  • Deadline: January 31, 2022

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 is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist candidate. One advantage of submitting an application for this program is that students can apply for over 70 scholarships at once.

In 2021, there were 73 scholarships awarded totaling over $217,250. Scholarships are awarded on merit or on merit and financial need.

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.

  • Who should apply: Current nurse anesthetist students who are AANA members
  • Amount: $2,500 to $30,000
  • Deadline: March 1, 2022

Missouri State School of Anesthesia Scholarships

The Missouri State School of Anesthesia offers several scholarships. Some of these scholarships are from endowments donated by alumni who want to help doctor of nurse anesthesia practice (DNAP) students succeed in this program.

Requirements vary by scholarship and can include outstanding performance during clinicals, being a non-traditional student, having a high GPA, or being a second- or third-year student. Candidates for these scholarships should submit the general annual Missouri State. Some scholarships have additional requirements, such as a required essay, so candidates should ensure they supply all the necessary materials.

  • Who should apply: Missouri State School of Anesthesia students
  • Amount: $500 to $1000
  • Deadline: March 1, 2022

Indian Health Services

Each year Indian Health Services awards over 200 scholarships to members or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized, or terminated American Indian Tribes or Alaska Native villages. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have graduated high school, have a 2.0 GPA (or higher), and be capable of completing a health profession degree program.

Over 103 scholarships are reserved for undergraduate students in pre-med, pre-dentistry, or pre-nursing. Another 104 are set aside for students completing a bachelor’s of nursing or a master’s or doctoral program in healthcare, including doctor of nurse anesthesia practice (DNAP) programs.

These scholarships are a full ride and include a $1,500 a month living stipend. Scholarship recipients must commit to spending at least two years working for an Indian health program in their chosen health professional discipline.

  • Who should apply: American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native students aspiring to work in health care
  • Amount: Tuition, fees, and room and board
  • Deadline: March 28, 2022

Dale O. Heimberger CRNA Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ohio certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) students can apply for the Dale O. Heimberger CRNA Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 1999 to help aspiring nurse anesthetists with the cost of their education. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must be Ohio state residents, demonstrate scholastic aptitude, and have a financial need. Applications are submitted through the Stark Community Foundation.

This scholarship does have additional requirements beyond the basic applications, so candidates should ensure they submit all the necessary materials.

  • Who should apply: CRNA students in Ohio
  • Amount: Determined by the selection committee.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2022

Health Occupation Students of America Scholarships

The Health Occupation Students of America Scholarships are 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 consists of an academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement to be considered for the over 40 scholarships. Students who are aspiring anesthesiologists should consider joining HOSA in order to be eligible for this particular scholarship program.

  • Who should apply: HOSA-Future Health Professionals members
  • Amount: Varies by scholarship
  • Deadline: April 15, 2022

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 students who have completed undergraduate studies and have been accepted into graduate school. Based on applications that include community service, academic credentials, and recommendations, tuition money is awarded to 35 students each year, in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. These awards are not renewable, and students are not able to apply to the program again 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. This award can be used for medical, nursing, or pharmacy programs.

  • Who should apply: College seniors or graduate students who are pursuing a medical, nursing, or pharmacy degree
  • Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Deadline: July 1, 2022

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. This is a merit-based scholarship, so good grades are essential. Applicants must be enrolled in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree to be eligible for this financial award.

Community participation and professional healthcare organization participation are also required. This is a renewable scholarship, so as long as students continue to meet the requirements they can receive it for up to three years.

  • Who should apply: DNAP students at the University of Michigan at Flint
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: July 1, 2022

Chase Honorary Anesthesiology Support Endowment Scholarship

Established by Florida anesthesiologist Dr. Charles J. Chase, the Chase Honorary Anesthesiology Support Endowment Scholarship allows doctor of osteopathy (DO) 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.

  • Who should apply: First- and second-year students at NSU with an interest in anesthesiology
  • Amount: Conference expenses
  • Deadline: Varies; it is sent to all DO students each year
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