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SDMS Foundation Announces Final 2010 Scholarship Recipients

November 18, 2010

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the final two 2010 SDMS Foundation Scholarship Program recipients. The SDMS Foundation’s scholarship program provides a $2,500 scholarship to a deserving sonography student just beginning their career in diagnostic medical sonography. Another $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a deserving experienced sonographer who is continuing their education by pursuing an advanced sonography-related degree.

Aminata Kaba from Baltimore, Maryland is the final 2010 SDMS Foundation sonography student scholarship recipient. Ms. Kaba is enrolled in general program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She will graduate in August 2011. The accredited program offers cardiac, general and vascular sonography programs and is based in Halethorpe, Maryland.

Cassie Alexander, BS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT from Livingston, Alabama is the final 2010 SDMS Foundation sonographer advanced degree scholarship recipient. Ms. Alexander is enrolled in the University of West Alabama Master of Arts in Teaching and expects to graduate in December 2011. The University of West Alabama is based in Livingston, Alabama. Ms. Alexander has worked as a sonographer for more than 10 years and is currently a clinical coordinator and vascular instructor at a local community college. She hopes to use the Master’s degree she earns to ensure quality education is delivered to sonography students.

The SDMS Foundation received more than 65 applications for this round of its scholarship program. Each application was objectively scored based on the responses provided on the scholarship application. In addition, each applicant submitted an essay that addressed why they were an excellent candidate for the scholarship, their three to five year professional plan, and how they planned to use their education for the betterment of the sonography and healthcare community. The essays were scored anonymously by a panel of sonographers and the scholarship recipients were selected based on their combined total scores.

The 2011 Grants and Scholarship Program information and application brochure is available on the SDMS Foundation (www.sdmsfoundation.org/programs.aspx). The SDMS Foundation charitable programs depend on donations from individual SDMS members and the sonography community. To make a donation to the SDMS Foundation, visit: www.sdmsfoundation.org/donor.aspx

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