The purpose of the Professional Development Award is to financially assist qualified WVHIMA members who have a desire, and are deemed eligible to write for any of the examinations offered by American Health Information Management Association. These examinations are found at the website: www.ahima.org/certification. Other credentialing examinations can be considered if funding is available and the exam supports the mission and vision of AHIMA and WVHIMA. Up to four awards may be awarded each year. The number of awards for the year will be determined by the WVHIMA board based on the financial situation of the organization for that year. Awards to an individual will be limited to one per association year (July 1st to June 30th).