CHIA Awards and Scholarship Program


The CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund offers CHIA Student and Active members, and California’s CAHIIM-accredited programs a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants. The purpose of these programs is to promote the importance of HIM professional credentials, strengthen the HIM profession, promote the value of AHIMA and CHIA membership, identify and engage future leaders, and support HIM related research. The following scholarship and grant programs are offered:

Student Scholarships are awarded to CHIA Student members assisting them to complete their educational goals in CAHIIM-accredited health information administration (HIA) or health information technology (HIT) programs, and CHIA Active members enrolled in HIA or HIT programs pursing a specialty or higher HIM credential than they currently hold (e.g., CCS or CCS-P pursuing RHIT or RHIA; RHIT pursing RHIA) or pursuing a post graduate degree in an HIM related field.

Certification Exam Fee Reimbursement Program awards eligible CHIA Student and Active members reimbursement for AHIMA’s HIM exams (RHIT, RHIA), HIM coding exams (CCS, CCA, CCS-P), and specialty exams (CHPS, CDIP, CHDA).

Foundation for Active Member Education (FAME) Scholarship provides opportunities for CHIA Active members to attend CHIA-sponsored educational programs in those instances when the member would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial limitations.

HIIM Program Grants are awarded to Health Information, Health Informatics, and Health Information Technology programs to support improvements in teaching and learning to help meet special needs of these programs in California.

Research Support Awards provide financial assistance to CHIA Active members who are conducting HIM related research while seeking advanced degrees (master’s and doctoral students) in areas relating to the field of HIM.

Contribute/Donate Today to support these important programs and HIM emerging and practicing professionals. The CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generous contributions of CHIA Members, Corporate Partners, Vendor Contributions, and other HIM professionals. Please consider making a contribution today.