Welcome to the Foundation for Surgical Technology. We are committed to helping surgical technologists as they prepare for their career, serve the profession and give back in meaningful ways. With your support and the support of our partners, the Foundation for Surgical Technology has been able to give more than 350 scholarships, worth more than $310,800, to deserving students. In addition, the Foundation has provided more than $17,000 in support for advanced education scholarships and medical missions all over the world.

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Our Partners

In 2016, AST teamed up with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to jointly support and underwrite surgical technology scholarships. Recipients are determined by a combined board representing both organizations. This collaboration allows for even more students to receive monetary assistance as they work hard to pursue their goals and a career in surgical technology.


Corporate Sponsors Support Student Excellence

The Foundation extends its gratitude to Cengage Learning, Sightpath Medical and GSquared Medical who underwrote scholarships for three surgical technology students in 2018. Intersted in sponsoring a scholarship? Learn More.

New for 2019

The Foundation for Surgical Technology is working on two new awards for 2019. One will benefit surgical assisting students, the other will help military members attend AST's 50th Surgical Technology Conference in National Harbor, Md. Watch this page for details.

Foundation Awards 36 Scholarships in 2018

In 2018 $36,500 in academic scholarships were distributed to 34 deserving surgical technology students. The scholarships were announced at AST's Surgical Technology Conference in Orlando in June. Since its start in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $310,800 for academic scholarships, benefitting 352 students across the country.

Meet Our Scholars

Each year grateful surgical technology students from around the country receive scholarships from the Foundation for Surgical Technology. Here's what they have to say about the awards and their future in the profession.

Meet them