2018 SHSMD Connections Scholarship Program

Sponsored in part by Prairie Dog |TCG

Are budget constraints preventing you from attending SHSMD Connections? SHSMD and Prairie Dog|TCG proudly support the 2018 SHSMD Connections Scholarship Program, which offers tuition assistance for the health care strategy event of the year.

Scholarship recipients will receive the following (a $1,045 value):

  • Complimentary registration to 2018 SHSMD Connections in Seattle, WA, October 7–10, including up to two preconference workshops
    (Transportation and hotel not included)
  • Access to the 2018 SHSMD Connections Virtual Conference (session recordings), available following the conference

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants must be:

  • SHSMD members in good standing (nonmembers may also apply; must join SHSMD if selected)
  • Currently—or within the past 18 months—employed by a health care provider-based organization or company supporting health care marketing, communications, strategic planning, physician relations or business development

Scholarship Criteria

  • Overall financial need for scholarship (30%)
  • Personal statement and rationale (25%)
  • Letter of recommendation (20%) from manager, department head or CEO (or professional reference if unemployed), including signature and statements attesting to the applicant’s:
    • Relevant work experience and responsibilities
    • Need for professional development
    • Financial need (omit if unemployed)
  • Professional achievement and goals (10%)
  • Tenure in health care (5%)
  • Involvement with SHSMD (5%)
  • Prior use of SHSMD Connections information (5%)

All applicants will be notified by July 31, 2018. Applicants are encouraged not to register for SHSMD Connections until after they are notified; early-bird rates will be honored for any applicants not awarded scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be required to provide proof of confirmed travel arrangements (transportation and hotel) within two weeks of notification of the scholarship award.

From Past Recipients

“The topics were diverse, the conversations lively, and the insights invaluable. I returned to the office with increased knowledge and confidence. I would not have been able to attend without this scholarship.”

“I found the conference to be enlightening and invigorating, and I met a lot of great people. Thank you for offering this scholarship. It made all the difference.”

“It was my first time attending and I still cherish the memories, knowledge, and experience I gained.”


View the official rules for the 2018 SHSMD Connections Scholarship Program