Scholarship and Award Information

Interested in what scholarships are available to you as a member? Forms are accessible via the links below and are in Word format.  Check them out!

The Annual Meeting Scholarship  provides financial assistance to selected members each year in the amount not to exceed $750 each. This scholarship is to be used to offset annual meeting expenses such as room, registration, transportation and meals. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Involvement in the profession of medical staff services for at least 1 year prior to application.
  • Current membership in WAMSS.
  • Not currently a member of the WAMSS Board or WAMSS Scholarship Committee.
  • The applicant must have not received WAMSS registration scholarship funding within the past three years.

The Certification Exam Scholarship Application provides financial assistance to chosen WAMSS members seeking NAMSS certification. Scholarships in the amount of $375 for NAMSS members, and $375 for non NAMSS members, per person are awarded.  To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Involvement in the profession of medical staff services for at least one year prior to application.
  • Current Active member of WAMSS.
  • Not currently a member of the WAMSS Board or WAMSS Scholarship Committee.
  • Currently seeking certification in the field of medical staff services. Must be actively studying for the exam, either by being involved in a Study Group or using Study Guide Material.

The Judy Kleckner Scholarship provides financial assistance to two WAMSS members per year in an amount not to exceed $500 each. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Certification as a Certified Medical Staff Coordinator or a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist.
  • Involvement in the profession of medical staff services.
  • Current membership in WAMSS
  • Not currently a member of the WAMSS Board or WAMSS Scholarship Committee.
  • Current or planned participation in a formal accredited educational program, which will foster personal and professional growth and will enhance knowledge and competence in the field of medical staff services.

The Margaret Geering Award is given to a WAMSS member who has contributed significantly to the profession. Click here to read about the history of this prestigious award.  Previous award recipients include:

2001-Margaret Geering 2002-Pam Roberts
2003-Vikki Gore 2004-Georganna Biggins
2005-Karen Hays 2006-Mickey Sanders
2007-Donna Zulauf 2008-Bettina Acosta
2009-Kari Muse 2010-Kate Cross
2011-Rita Rakestraw 2012-Carol Mangum
2013-Cheryl Thomas 2014-Beverly Osborne
2015-Carrianne Dockter  2016-Irene Torres
2017-Michelle Hacker 2018-Barbi Donovan

The ICON Award (Inspirational Commitment to the OrgaNization WAMSS) is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated success in heightening awareness of WAMSS and elevating the esteem of the medical services profession. The award may be presented annually. WAMSS Board members may not nominate recipients for this award. Email the Nomination Form to scholarshipchair@wamss.org with the subject line, “WAMSS ICON Award Nomination.”  To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Continuous encouragement and enthusiasm for the work of the Washington Association Medical Staff Services.
  • Commitment to the organizational goals, mission and vision of the Washington Association Medical Staff Services.
  • Demonstrated success in heightening awareness of WAMSS to members, employers, key stakeholders and/or the public.
  • Demonstrated success in promoting the value of the medical services professional’s role to the healthcare community.
  • Demonstrated success in elevating the esteem of the medical services profession.
  • Qualities of leadership and statesmanship exhibited for the benefit of the organization and the profession.

Previous award recipients include:

2019 – Heidi Martinez