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SDMS Foundation Receives Funding for Sonography Certification Grant Program

August 31, 2009

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation is pleased to announce that the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences has agreed to provide funding for the SDMS Foundation’s Sonography Certification Examination Grant Program. The College’s sponsorship of the grant program will help the SDMS Foundation provide grants to deserving sonography students and sonographers through 2011.

“The SDMS Foundation is excited about working with the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences to provide assistance to deserving sonography students and practicing sonographers as they work to reach the laudable goal of sonography certification,” stated Shannon Boswell, the SDMS Foundation’s President.

After being approved for a grant, students and sonographers who successfully complete a sonography registry examination receive a $250 check that may be used to offset any expenses they have incurred such as examination fees, travel to examination site, and study materials. The grants also provide a free copy of a SDMS National Certification Examination Review Series book to assist in preparing for the certification examination. Applicants can request grants for up to two sonography certification examinations per year.

According to Charlotte Henningsen, the Chair of the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences’ Sonography Department, “The College’s online Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a degree completion program that requires applicants to already hold a national sonography certification before enrolling. By supporting the SDMS Foundation’s grant program, we are helping the sonography community while preparing students to complete the online degree program. “

The SDMS Foundation’s certification examination grants are available not only to recent graduates of sonography programs but also to experienced sonographers not yet completed their certification or to those wishing to become multi-credentialed. According to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography’s 2008 Sonographer Salary and Benefits Survey Report, there is a direct correlation between sonographer annual income and the number of credentials held – annual income rises as sonographers acquire additional credentials.

Applications for the 2009 grants will be accepted through September 30 and information about the 2010 grants will be released later this year. To learn more about the grant program, to complete an application, or to learn about other grants and scholarships, visit the SDMS Foundation’s new website at: www.sdmsfoundation.org/programs.htm.

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