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: