Scholarship Opportunities


2020 Student Liaison:  Heather D. Martin


Heather D. Martin is an Alabama native, Graduate Research Assistant and PhD student in Health Services Administration – Health Informatics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Heather received her MSBA in finance at Auburn University and has over 10 years of experience working in financial system design, testing, implementation, support, training and financial reporting. She is also a member of the HIMSS20 Student Case Competition First Place Winning Team.

Heather is interested in developing or enhancing technologies to help practitioners and patients and becoming a health services administration and health IT teacher/trainer. Heather’s dissertation focus is findings ways health IT can help people in Alabama who suffer from substance abuse disorder while also promoting appropriate pain management. 

“Hi. If you are an AL health IT student, I care about your success! AL and National HIMSS offer networking opportunities and scholarships tailored just for health IT students and early careerists. Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more or need assistance.”


Alabama HIMSS welcomes and encourages student involvement in our chapter.  Please contact us for volunteer opportunities. 

The Alabama Chapter of HIMSS also awards annual scholarships to Health Informatics students who are active participants in our chapter - subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date on chapter news, events, and offerings, including scholarship announcements!


HIMSS Student Memberships

Organizational Affiliate membership

Some schools are Organizational Affiliate members of HIMSS and provide their students with a free HIMSS student membership - to see if your school participates, click here.  As of December 2019, UAB is an OA. If your school does offer complimentary OA membership to HIMSS, click here for detailed sign-up instructions.  Note: These instructions are specific to OA membership, not the individual student membership below. 

Individual Student membership   View eligibility requirements and join here


2020 Alabama Chapter of HIMSS Scholarship Winners

Eddie Groom & Bayan Karassi, 2020 Merit Based Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Alabama Chapter of HIMSS (AL HIMSS) awards $1250 merit based scholarships to students with a health IT degree focus. These scholarships are awarded to AL HIMSS student members who exhibit excellence, actively engage in supporting AL HIMSS activities and demonstrate leadership potential in the healthcare information and management systems industry. The winners of the 2020 AL HIMSS Merit Based Scholarships are Eddie Groom and Bayan Karassi. Eddie is an electrical engineer with aspirations to be a Chief Information Officer and is pursuing a M.S in Health Informatics/Health Services Administration, a dual degree, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Eddie was also a team member of the First Place Winning National HIMSS Student Case Competition Team. Bayan is a medical office manager and grew up working in her father’s endocrinology clinic. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Healthcare Management and is pursuing a M.S. in Health Informatics, both at UAB. We are proud to support the next generation of health IT professionals in our state.