2021 MedicalAssistantSchools.com $1,000
Pride in Duty Medical Assistant Scholarship
Behind every successful medical practitioner is a strong support staff that makes that success possible. Medical assisting is a career that is built on being a team player whose job it is to make life easier for the physicians they work for, all while creating a great experience for every patient that comes through the door. From the front desk, to the back office, to the exam room, doctors and nurse practitioners rely on medical assistants to keep independent practices, urgent care centers, and outpatient clinics running smoothly, efficiently, and on time.
With a quick route into the profession courtesy of a certificate, diploma, or associate degree program, it doesn’t take a ton of time or a lot of money to join the ranks of one of the most stable and high-demand allied health professions. But it does take a lot of talent and dedication.
It’s a job that’s all about helping, and one that requires everything from people skills to clinical competency, not to mention a whole lot of adaptability and patience. We want to recognize students that have what it takes to step into this critical support role by offering a little help of our own. That’s why we’re offering the $1,000 Pride in Duty Medical Assistant Scholarship to help get you closer to covering the cost of getting the training you need to land your dream job.
And we’re now accepting applications!
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a CAAHEP or ABHES-accredited medical assistant (certificate, diploma, or associate degree) program.
All current students who have completed at least one semester/quarter must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their program so far.
All recently accepted students must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program and must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5.
Scholarship Application Requirements
You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:
- Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
- 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
- Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying certificate, diploma, or associate degree program in medical assisting (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university/program letterhead)
- Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university/program letterhead)
The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.
Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.
In 2,500 words or less, tell us about a personal trait you’re proud of and how it will contribute to making you an exceptional medical assistant. Maybe it’s your ability to multitask that’s always made you an excellent student and valuable employee… perhaps it’s your warm personality that’s allowed you to easily connect with people in a client-facing job…or maybe it’s your keen attention to detail and organization that make you perfectly suited to managing the administrative side of a medical practice.
Whether in your personal life or on the job, we want you to tell us about some of your own experiences and how they gave you a chance to demonstrate the kind of skills and personal traits that will make you an indispensable part of a fast-paced clinic or doctor’s office.
Selecting the Winner
Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.
The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions. So naturally, there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.
We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.
Announcing the Winner
We will announce the winner of the Pride in Duty Medical Assisting Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on September 1, 2021.
We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the spring quarter/semester.
If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.
We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on MedicalAssistantSchools.com.
We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.
Paying Out the Award
We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.
The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their program.
MedicalAssistantSchools.com does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great medical assistant.