The committee reviews applications in March and April, and notifies recipients by mail before the end of May. Scholarship awards are formally announced at AST's Surgical Technology Conference. The Foundation's website will be updated by July 1 each year.
Academic Surgical Technology Scholarships
The Foundation for Surgical Technology is committed to helping surgical technology students pay for tuition or pay off their educational debt. If you have the desire and ability to pursue a career in the operating room and need financial assistance, you should apply for a scholarship.
Scholarship applications are due by March 1 annually. Applications for academic scholarships open online during the fall semester. Scholarship award amounts range from year to year.
To be eligible for the Foundation's academic scholarships, you must demonstrate superior academic ability, have a need for financial assistance and be enrolled in an accredited program, thus making you eligible to sit for the national certification exam through NBSTSA.
The Foundation's online scholarship application form must be completed in one sitting. Please be prepared with the following information before you begin:
- Your instructor's email address. Half of your application will be completed by your instructor. If you do not provide an accurate email address, your application will not be complete and you won't be considered for a scholarship.
- Your contact information, including mailing address and email address.
- The name and mailing address of your surgical technology program.
- Be prepared to write compelling answers to the following questions: Why you have chosen to become a surgical technologist? What your plans are after school?
If you are awarded a scholarship, you must join your national professional organization, the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Students member rates are $45. Scholarships are announced in May. If you receive a scholarship and have graduated from your program without joining AST as a student, the AST membership will cost you $80.