Educational Achievement Award

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners!

WVHIMA annually grants awards to financially assist qualified students who have completed courses in an accredited West Virginia college/university program and are eligible to write the examination for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) as administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

The 2016 Awardees are:

AwardeeSchoolAward
Dacey Clark Pierpont CTCLinda Culp Award
Sue Clark Mountwest CTCBetty Payne Award
Anna Otto WV Northern CTCZetra Kennedy Award

Linda Culp Memorial Scholarship
Dacey Clark    Pierpont CTC

Dacey Clark is a nontraditional student who made her way to West Virginia via Pennsylvania.  Prior to her admission to the HIT program, Dacey was employed for several years at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.  While in the program Dacey has maintained a 4.0 GPA.  Dacey was one of several students who last Fall participated in an online coding clinical practicum.   She is currently employed at two area hospitals.  Her particular interests in the health information profession is cancer or trauma registries, coding and data analysis.  She is very dedicated to her studies and her future career.

Betty Payne Memorial Scholarship
Sue Clark     Mountwest CTC

Sue served as Licensing Administrator and Sales Specialist at TSi for 23 years, when one day new management informed her that her position had been eliminated.  The bottom dropped out of her world… What was a 58 year old female with no college education going to do?  There was no job market in the area that would allow Sue to support herself.  Researching career choices that would incorporate her strengths, provide financial security and insurance benefits pointed her to the Medical profession.  Further investigation led her to the Health Information Technology Program at MCTC.  Little did Sue realize, but the challenge of going back to school after 42 years would seem overwhelming.  The support she found readily available at MCTC with the one-on-one Professor Assistance and the free peer tutoring not only made getting the two-year Associate degree possible, but has truly added another exciting chapter to Sue’s life story.

In response to receiving the Betty Payne Memorial Scholarship, Sue has stated: “I feel very privileged to be empowered by my education in this program and obtaining my RHIT Associate degree to re-enter the job market for the next 15+ years and actually contribute to such a pivotal period in Health Care Management.  The emerging trend to Electronic Health Records is truly making monumental improvements in the medical care received by patients, the care delivered by health care facilities, as well as research, disease control and improved billing procedures.  Thank you for assisting me to make a difference.  Being on unemployment for the past two years – funds are a bit tight.  What a relief to know that getting the RHIT Certificate is within my reach now. Thank you to my Instructors so much for your vote of confidence and for CARING!  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the support and assistance I have received over the past year and a half from your program!  You have truly thrown me a life line – my goal is to do my very best to be all that I can be – and then move that standard a bit higher each time I reach the top.  I have been inspired to go beyond my greatest expectations.  MCTC is so fortunate to have your team to inspire individuals to reach for the stars – and end up hanging the moon!

Zetra Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
Anna Otto       WVNCC

Anna Otto is a college student at West Virginia Northern Community College who is working toward becoming a Health Information Technologist and will be graduating with her A.A.S. in May 2016. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. From graduation Anna hopes to attain employment at a local healthcare facility as a medical coder.

The reason of Anna’s desire to continue her education was to make a real difference in her life and change what seemed to be despair into a new beginning. Previously Anna was employed as a clerk in the Yorkville steel mill for 36 years. With the shutdown of the mill, she needed to reinvent herself and the healthcare industry was the right direction that she felt she would be successful in.

Prior to college, Anna’s activities were many. She was a member and secretary of the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant for fourteen years and served as director of the Elizabeth House Museum. In helping to beautify the village, she also was member and secretary of the Mt. Pleasant Garden Club. Outside of her volunteer activities, Anna served on the council for the Village of Mt. Pleasant, and held the position of council president. She orchestrated the Memorial Day parades and ceremonies and the arrangements for the village’s first Christmas street pole lights.

Anna has always been very dedicated and hard working to make a better life for her family. She has been married for twenty-five years to her husband, Matthew. Together they have two wonderful children, Alyssa and Joseph.


About the Education Achievement Award

In Memory of Zetra Kennedy, Linda Culp and Betty Payne

The purpose of the awards from the West Virginia Health Information Management Association is to financially assist qualified students who have completed courses in an accredited West Virginia college/university program and are eligible to write the examination for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) as administered by the American Health Information Management Association. Up to six awards may be awarded each year. The number of awards for that year will be determined by the WVHIMA board based on the financial situation of the organization for that year.

Qualifications of the recipient(s) of such award(s) will be determined by academic achievement.

Complete the online application

Procedure

  1. In order for a school’s students to be eligible, WVHIMA must receive a minimum of two updates throughout the year on the school’s program/students. These updates should include things like placement rates of previous students, number of current students & other pertinent information about the program/students.
  2. Students must complete application form on the WVHIMA website by March 10th.
  3. Applicants will mail in a non-returnable photo of themselves to be included on the website.
  4. Only applicants with an overall program GPA of 3.2 and higher will be considered. Grades up through the next to last semester will be taken into consideration for this award. (Students are now allowed to take the test during their last semester of school).
  5. Scholarship committee will confirm GPAs with program directors by the end of February.
  6. The students with the highest GPA will be considered to receive a prepaid examination fee to assist them in writing the exam to earn the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. WVHIMA will cover the cost of the student member (of AHIMA) to take the fee (currently $229). This amount will be adjusted yearly based on the AHIMA fee to take the exam. Students that are non-members of AHIMA must pay the difference of the member’s fee and the cost of the test.
  7. The student with the highest GPA from all the HIT programs will be known as receiving the Linda Culp Memorial Educational Achievement Award.
  8. In the event of a tie between any students, the highest scoring recipients will be randomly selected and awarded from the Linda Culp Memorial Educational Achievement Award.
  9. Each recipient will receive notification of award and be announced on the website.
  10. The award recipients will be asked to mail their completed examination application and related documents to P. O Box 5021, Fairmont, WV 26554. The Treasurer will process their applications and prepaid examination fee prior to the examination deadline.
  11. The deadline to write for the exam will be one year to the date of notification of award.