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Helping surgical technologists prepare, serve and give back

The Foundation funds academic student scholarships, educator recognition awards, military conference scholarships and medical missions.

Surgical technology educators deserve recognition and more

Constellation awards recognize educators at all career levels and sends these stars to AST's Educators Conference so they continue to shine!

Surgical technology students - Apply for an academic scholarship

The Foundation is committed to helping you prepare for your career as a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Support for Surgical Technologists!

The Foundation for Surgical Technology is committed to help surgical technologists in meaningful ways.

  • Our academic scholarships for surgical technologist students empower their careers.
  • Our military scholarships help active duty and veteran surgical technologists attend AST's Surgical Technology Conference and earn continuing education credits.
  • Our medical mission scholarships allow surgical technologists serve and give back.
  • Our surgical technology educator awards program, the Constellation Awards, recognizes instructors at all stages of their careers.

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Partners with the Profession

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), jointly support and underwrite the Foundation's scholarships for surgical technologists.

The Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) partners with the Foundation to fund academic and medical mission scholarships for surgical assistants.

Foundation News

COVID-19 Updates

The Foundation normally announces scholarships for surgical technology students at AST's annual conference. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the conference, the Foundation notified scholars directly in May and AST published their names in the August issue of The Surgical Technologist.

Meet our scholars.


Board Extends Military Conference Scholarships

The Foundation's board, appointed by the presidents of AST and the NBSTSA, voted in April to continue funding the Everett McCreary Military Conference Scholarships. 2020 recipients were notified in May and are able to transfer their scholarships to a future AST conference. The application for 2021 scholarships will be available as soon as details of that conference have been finalized.


Foundation Welcomes Constellation Awards

The Foundation is proud to administer AST's new Constellation Awards program for surgical technology educators. This new recognition program honors Guiding Stars with 15 or more years of teaching experience; Shining Stars with 6-14 years of teaching experience; and Rising Stars with 1-5 years of teaching experience. The Constellation Awards take the place of the Didactic and Clinical Educator of the Year Awards. Applications are due annually on December 1. Recipients will be announced each year at AST's Educators Conference in February.

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