VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCE EDUCATORS FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association (VAHAMSEA) provides merit awards to qualified faculty members teaching in a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) or Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) approved program and holding paid membership in VAHAMSEA. The program is sponsored and managed by VAHAMSEA through its Executive Board and Operating Committees.

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Administration

The Scholarship Program is administered by the Executive Board through committee appointment. The Scholarship Committee shall consist of a Chairperson appointed by the Executive Board and a minimum of two members of the Executive Board representing at least 2 Regions. The Scholarship Committee will present applicants to the Executive Board.  The Scholarship Committee will determine awards. All applications will be held in strict confidence. One scholarship will be awarded to a VAHAMSEA teacher who has been in academia less than 5 years and will be known as the New Teacher Scholarship and one scholarship will be awarded to a VAHAMSEA teacher who has been in academia more than 5 years and will be known as the Established Teacher Scholarship.  The Scholarship application is located on the VAHAMSEA.org website.

Purpose

The VAHAMSEA Scholarship Program is designed to:

  • Recognize and promote excellence among its membership
  • Enhance the credentials of VAHAMSEA Educators teaching in VDOE and/or VBON approved programs.
  • Provide financial support for professional development for recipient members who are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, an accredited program of learning leading to a degree in a field of Medical Science or Education.

Eligibility Criteria

Established Teacher Scholarship

    Awards are based on the following criteria:
  1. Commitment to VAHAMSEA as evidenced by paid dues and participation in VAHAMSEA activities for a minimum of 5 consecutive years
  2. Letter of recommendation for scholarship by the immediate supervisor. The letter shall address the number of years of consecutive employment in academia and the likelihood for continued employment. This letter shall be received by the scholarship committee in a sealed and signed envelope.
  3. Provide a copy of the most current unofficial transcript as evidence of enrollment, or acceptance in, an accredited Medical Science and/or Education program leading to a degree.
  4. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Documentation of teaching ability as evidenced by letter of recommendation from current or former student. This letter shall be received by the scholarship committee in a sealed and signed envelope.
  6. Signed statement agreeing to refund award for failure to continue employment for a period of 2 years following the scholarship award.

New Teacher Scholarship

    Awards are based on the following criteria:
  1. Commitment to VAHAMSEA as evidenced by paid dues and participation in VAHAMSEA activities for less than 5 years.
  2. Letter of recommendation for scholarship by the immediate supervisor. The letter shall address the number of years of consecutive employment in academia and the likelihood for continued employment. This letter shall be received by the scholarship committee in a sealed and signed envelope.
  3. Provide a copy of the most current unofficial transcript as evidence of enrollment, or acceptance in, an accredited Medical Science and/or Education program leading to a degree.
  4. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Documentation of teaching ability as evidenced by letter of recommendation from current or former student. This letter shall be received by the scholarship committee in a sealed and signed envelope.
  6. Signed statement agreeing to refund award for failure to continue employment for a period of 3 years following the scholarship award.

Selection Process

All completed applications filed on or before the due date will be reviewed and evaluated by the Scholarship Committee. Applications will be ranked in order of merit with the highest rank receiving the award. Financial need will be considered only when all other factors are equal. Individuals who do not include financial information cannot be ranked according to financial need. Overall raking being equal, the award will be granted to the applicant with the greatest financial need. Awards will be announced in conjunction with the annual Summer Conference at the Awards Banquet and/or the Annual Meeting.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All applicants are to:
  1. Download the application from VAHAMSEA.org
  2. Complete the application following the directions given.
  3. Follow Established Criteria for desired award.
  4. All official documentation must be sealed and signed on the envelope seal by the certifying official.
  5. Place all items, including official documentation and sealed reference letters together in one mailing container.
  6. Mail to the address given on the form in time to arrive on or before the due date listed on the form.

Click here for the Scholarship Application (doc)