THIMA Scholarship Program

Several scholarships are available annually through THIMA to Tennessee students who are planning a career in Health Information Management (HIM).

The following scholarships are awarded annually when funded:

  • The Terry Blount “That’s What Friends are For” Scholarship (funded by DocuVoice)
  • The Natalie Stovall Frady Memorial Scholarship (funded by Natalie’s Run and individual donations). Veteran military service members from the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses of veterans or active duty military members are given special consideration for this Scholarship.
  • The Jaclyn ‘Jackie’ Kirkey Memorial Scholarship (funded by the Knoxville Area HIMA)
  • The Marcus Rickman Memorial Scholarship (funded by individual donations)

Scholarship awards range from a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000 based on available funds and the number of qualified applicants.

  • The Tony Taylor Credential Lottery Scholarship (funded by individual donations). There is a separate procedure and application form for this Scholarship.

If other scholarships are funded by exhibitors or other corporations, they will be administered by THIMA following this policy. Each scholarship will be given to assist students in Tennessee who are enrolled in and have completed 50% of an Associate, Baccalaureate, or Masters Degree in HIM or Health Informatics. Candidates must be members of AHIMA/THIMA.

Candidates for the scholarship must submit applications using the online process through the THIMA website. The decision to award the scholarship is made by the THIMA Foundation Council. The use of the award is left to the discretion of the recipient; funds may be used for school expense, registration exam fee, meeting attendance, or any other activity that assists the student in her/his education.


The online scholarship application and Program Director verification must be submitted by February 1. All applications must be submitted electronically.

The following must be submitted:

  1. The Online Scholarship Application: PDF version of the scholarship application so you can see the required information. The applicant’s official transcript will be uploaded on the online scholarship application form. Two personal online letters of reference (other than family, clergy, or program director) will be uploaded on the online scholarship application. Candidates are encouraged to obtain one of the two personal letters from a clinical instructor.
  1. Online statement from the Program Director that includes verification of enrollment and 50% completion of the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Program Director the link to the online statement from the Program Director.

Applicants will be judged on the basis of:

  • information on application form
  • employment record
  • recommendations
  • financial needs

Recipients will be selected by February 15, except for recipients of the Tony Taylor Credential Lottery Scholarship who will be announced at the 2024 Annual Meeting.

All applicants will be notified of the decision by the Executive Director.

Learn more about the AHIMA Foundation and apply for an AHIMA Foundation scholarship.