ASA Academic Scholarships for Surgical Assisting Students
The Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) is committed to helping surgical assisting students advance their careers by contributing to tuition or helping them pay off educational debt. Two scholarships for $1,000 each will be awarded annually.
- Selection is based on academic excellence, financial need and commitment to the profession.
- Scholarships are awarded based on the information provided in the application, letter of recommendation and personal essay.
- Applications are reviewed March 16 through April 30. The two recipients will be notified in May.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited surgical assisting program. Find out whether your program is accredited.
- Applicants must demonstrate superior academic ability, financial need and a commitment to the profession.
- Recipients must be members of the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) or join the association before receiving the scholarship. If you receive a scholarship and have graduated from your program without joining ASA as a student, an ASA membership will cost $175 (instead of the student rate of $45).
Scholarship applications are due by March 15 annually. Applications for academic scholarships will be accepted each year from September 1 through March 15.
The ASA's academic scholarship application packet consists of four parts, all of which must be submitted at the same time using the links below.
- ASA Surgical Assistant Academic Scholarship Application Form. Fill in the form below when you are ready to upload all of the documents for your application.
- A letter of recommendation from your program director or instructor on school letterhead which includes your cumulative GPA, a description of your performance and progress through the program, and their assessment of your potential as a surgical assistant.
- An official transcript from your surgical assisting school showing that you are currently enrolled.
- A brief essay (no more than 1,000 words) describing why you deserve the scholarship, your financial need, how you’ve been engaged in the profession, and your future commitment to the Association of Surgical Assistants.
If any part of your application packet is missing, you will not be considered for a scholarship.
No. Your program director or instructor must contribute a letter of recommendation as part of your application packet.
Yes. You should apply while you are in school, but you can receive the scholarship after you graduate.
While no specific GPA is required for the scholarship, the committee believes it is a strong overall indicator of your ability and your commitment to your education. Your GPA is submitted by your surgical assisting program director or instructor as part of their letter of recommendation.
- Complete the application below, answering all the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Verify that you have included the correct name and address of your school, your instructor's phone number and email address.
- Proofread your application and make any corrections before submitting your application packet. Please upload all documents before clicking the submit button.
- Write your essay (limit 1,000 words), describing why you deserve the scholarship, your financial need, how you’ve been engaged in the profession, and your future commitment to the Association of Surgical Assistants. Upload this document using the links below.
- Ask your program director or instructor to write a letter of recommendation outlining your cumulative GPA, a description of your performance and progress through the program, and their assessment of your potential as a surgical assistant. This should be completed on school letterhead, scanned and emailed to you to upload with the rest of the packet.
- Request an official transcript from your school to scan and upload.
- Upload documents for your application packet all at once using the links below. Click the submit button at the bottom only when you are are completely finished. (Submit your application before midnight MST on March 15).