Several types of financial aid are available from within the department and all full-time Residential HSM and Informatics students are automatically considered for merit based scholarships upon acceptance to the program. Awards are made based on information provided by the applicant. Applicants admitted on probation are not eligible for fee waivers or scholarships until they attain a 3.0 GPA. Types of departmenal financial aid are listed below:
- HMI Alumni Scholarships
- Ernst & Young Health Informatics Scholarship -- through generous financial support from Ernst & Young, one $5000 and one or more $1000 awards are potentially available annually based on merit.
- Gary Maienschein Memorial Scholarship: Established by Missouri Health Plans Education and Research Foundation in memory of Gary Maienschein, Chairman of the Missouri Association of Health Plans and Director and Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri. Applicants must be Missouri residents pursuing a course of study in health care administration or health care policy.
- Student Research Assistantships -- opportunities occasionally exist for students to work on faculty grants and contracts within the department. Appointments are made on a nine-month basis for 10 hours a week. Faculty needs and the Program budget determine the number and nature of these positions. These are merit based positions and are highly competitive. The University of Missouri Bookstore extends discounts to research assistants.
- Minority Assistance -- MU's Graduate School provides a limited amount in matching funds for African-American students who are the recipients of traineeships or assistantships and who are nominated by the programs.
- Foster McGaw Scholarship -- made possible through a grant to the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) by Foster G. McGaw, founder of American Hospital Supply Corp., this award provides $500 to a student nominated by the program.
- MHA/MBA students can apply for similar types of financial aid through the College of Business and Public Administration.
Other Sources of Aid: The department receives notification of various scholarships, fellowships, and special loan programs throughout the year. Program staff review eligibility criteria and send application materials and guidelines to all eligible applicants. The organizations listed below award a variety of scholarships and loans that are available on a competitive basis. This list does not include all potential funding sources:
- The David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship Program recognizes student excellence and achievement based upon the student's record, recommendations from faculty and colleagues, and evidence of their interest in and committment to health policy. Ten $10,000 scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate their potential to succeed in health policy at the state or federal level upon graduation from their masterís health administration and/or health policy degree program. In the fall following selection, students will be hosted at a 1-day health policy symposium in Washington, DC.
- American College of Healthcare Executives, One North Franklin Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3491, telephone (312) 424-2800. Has several scholarships and loan funds available to students who have been admitted to CAHME-accredited health administration programs.
- American College of Medical Group Administrators, 1355 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 900, Denver, CO 80222, telephone (303) 753-1111. Awards four scholarships annually to students admitted to a health administration program.
- American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, telephone (202) 728-7603. Awards Selected Professions Fellowships to U.S. citizens in business administration.
- Business and Professional Women's Foundation, 2012 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 293-1200. Several scholarships available for women over 25 years of age.
- Financial Aid Office, University of Missouri-Columbia, 11 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, telephone (573) 882-7506. Has information about loans and work-study programs available to MU students.
- Financial Support Information, from the Graduate School at the University of Missouri-Columbia contains descriptions and links to various scholarships, fellowships, and other funding sources. The Graduate School also offers a matching program which enhances external fellowship awards.
- Richard P. Covert Scholarship, from the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Foundation is a $2,500 cash award, awarded annually to one undergraduate and graduate student studying in the health care information or management systems field.
- Corris Boyd Scholarship: Offered by Triad Hospitals, Inc., in collaboration with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management. Applicants must be a member of one of the named minorities, and be an American citizen.