New England HIMSS Scholarship Information


New England Chapter of HIMSS Scholarship 2019-2020

Purpose and History

The New England Chapter of HIMSS is pleased to sponsor a scholarship for a student of health information technology or informatics. The chapter established this scholarship to promote the development of emerging leaders in health information technology management. New England student members are all encouraged to apply for the scholarship. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship award, the recipient will also receive a trip to the HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition (some restrictions may apply).

The call for scholarship applications opens on August 8, 2019 and will close on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm CT. Scholarship recipients will be notified in November 2019. For more information, contact

For Scholarship Consideration, Nominees Must

The primary occupation of the applicant at the time the Scholarship is awarded must be that of student in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program related to the health information or management systems field. The specific degree program is not a critical factor, although it is expected that programs similar to those in industrial engineering, operations research, bioinformatics, health informatics, computer science and information systems, mathematics, and quantitative programs in business administration, clinical disciplines, and health administration will predominate;

  • Undergraduate applicants must be at least a first-term junior when the Scholarship is awarded;
  • Current member in good standing of HIMSS and the New England Chapter of HIMSS;
  • The applicant must be attending a school in New England;
  • Is not currently serving on one of HIMSS boards (HIMSS NA, HIMSS Analytics, PCHAlliance, etc.);
  • Cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, nor engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS;
  • Scholarship judges are ineligible to be apply;
  • Previous Foundation Scholarship recipients are ineligible.
The Nomination Process

Any person meeting the eligibility and required criteria may be nominated. Candidates may also nominate themselves for the scholarship. Only fully-completed applications submitted by the published deadline will be considered.

The online application form will require the following information:

  • A completed application using the online nomination form;
  • Two letters of recommendation provided by any of the following: peers, colleagues, managers, or professors. We discourage nominees from submitting letters of recommendation written by Selection Committee judges;
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
The New England Chapter of HIMSS Scholarship Provides
  • Symbol of recognition;
  • Public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s);
  • Registration to HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition;
  • Airfare for recipient to travel to conference;
  • Two-night hotel stay for recipient near conference location;
  • $5,000 scholarship to recipient;
  • $200 Honoraria;

For more information, contact

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2019 - 2020 Recipient




Sakshi Chhaperwal - Massachusetts
Northeastern University

Sakshi is a Graduate Student in Health Informatics at Northeastern University and has been an active contributor to the medical analytics community from her days of internship with eminent practitioners in Public Health Dentistry Department at Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science. She recognized the importance of data-driven decision making in medical research at a very young age and intends to branch out in Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare Organizations. Her academic projects have illustrated extensive use of hypothesis testing, multivariate regression techniques, supervised and unsupervised machine learning to predict the factors influencing the presence of heart diseases. She is proficient with latest tools that are popularly used in the Machine Learning community and also happens to be an enthusiastic author on the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Healthcare.

In her time outside of academics, she enjoys mentoring students and has served as a Teaching Assistant for a Graduate level course on Introduction to Health Data Analytics under Prof. Holly Jimison at Northeastern University’s Khoury college of Computer Science and Bouve College of Health Sciences.




Past Recipients


Asma Ahmed – Connecticut
Sacred Heart University

Asma is set to embark on an internship at St. Vincent's Heath Partners which is the consulting group for St. Vincent's Medical Center. Working with Industry professionals such as Dr. Thomas Raskauskas and Dr. Michael Hunt, Asma will be given the chance to work on applicable projects for the organization. Currently a variety of projects such as Population Health Management and Telemedicine are available for her to choose for the duration of her internship. By the completion of her project she will be exposed to data analytics and applications for data exchange.
A graduate of Iqra University with a Bachelors of Media Sciences in Advertising, Asma is currently completing a Masters of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Sacred Heart University.

John Murray – Connecticut
Sacred Heart University

John is currently completing an internship at St Francis Care in Hartford, CT. Throughout the internship John will be working with the St Francis' Director of ICD10 Implementation, gaining firsthand knowledge on project design and implementation through the project lifecycle. The overall goal of the internship is to become sensitized and fluent in a variety of technical, operational, financial, regulatory and human resource challenges posed by technical innovation in a clinical delivery environment.


John has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, and is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.


Safiya Jardine Dvora Brodie 2013
Safiya Jardine – Massachusetts
Northeastern University

Safiya is currently completing an internship in clinical research at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As part of her internship, Safiya is assisting with a systematic review on patient safety & coaching. This project focuses on the impact of healthcare IT and various coaching methods implemented by clinicians to promote patient safety and ongoing clinician-patient communication.

A graduate of Lesley University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, Safiya is currently completing a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Northeastern University. 

Dianne Collins, RN – New Hampshire
Western Governors University

A Registered Nurse licensed in New Hampshire and Vermont; Dianne currently serves as Clinic Coordinator for the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice. Providing assessment, teaching, specified treatments and health promotion education to a predominately geriatric population. Dianne has held several clinical roles within New England healthcare organizations including Springfield Community Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

A graduate of River Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Dianne is currently completing a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare informatics at Western Governors University.