NJHIMSS Scholarship

Each year, the New Jersey Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society offers three scholarship awards for students in a Healthcare Information Management, Healthcare Information Technology or a Clinical Informatics track.

Applications are now open - click here NJ Chapter of HIMSS Scholarship Application 2023 (

NJHIMSS offers three different awards

  • The Katrina Kehlet Graduate Award is offered in memory of Katrina Kehlet, a longtime friend to NJHIMSS. She served as a senior leader for one of America’s leading technology companies and passed away in the Fall of 2012. To recognize her 20+ year career, her support for our chapter and her friendship, The NJ Chapter of HIMSS established the Katrina Kehlet Graduate Award. This $4,000 Award is offered to one individual whose essay embodies the passion, values and innovative use of technology that Katrina displayed in her career. Through this action we hope to keep her memory, passion, and dedication in the forefront of our chapter activity and academic support.
  • The Billl O'Byrne Veterans Award is offered to students pursuing an Associate, Baccalaureate or Graduate degree for $3,000.
  • The Undergraduate Award is offered to students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree for $2,500.


Applicants for the NJHIMSS scholarships must fulfill the following requirements:

The student must be enrolled in an accredited Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctoral program related to Healthcare Information Management, Healthcare Information Technology or Clinical Informatics. The specific degree program is not a critical factor, although it is expected that programs similar to those in healthcare informatics, healthcare computer science and information systems, healthcare policy and quantitative programs in business administration and hospital administration will predominate.

  • The applicant must be attending a school in New Jersey OR be New Jersey resident
  • The recipient is requested to become a student member of the NJHIMSS Chapter
  • The applicant must have at least a B average or equivalent at the time of the application
  • Veterans applying must have received an honorable or general discharge to be considered (if asked, the candidate would be able to provide the official DD-214)
  • Previous Scholarship winners are ineligible.

All applicants will be required to submit a copy of their academic transcripts and a 500-word essay on how they will impact the arena of Healthcare Informatics and/or Healthcare Technology as part of the application process.

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Congratulations to our 2022 Scholarship Winners!

     Undergraduate Award Winner: Lily Chen

Hi, I’m Lily Chen, a MIT student from Basking Ridge, NJ. I’m passionate about uplifting communities with computer science, healthcare, and analytics. I’ve built free apps in medication tracking, diabetic retinopathy diagnosis, mental health therapy, and COVID-19 tracking. I’m really excited to represent NJ HIMSS as an undergraduate scholar!



      Katrina Kehlet Graduate Award: Ashika Gopalkrishnan

Ashika Gopalkrishnan is an inventor and innovator who is committed to developing the next generation of technologies within the fields of Healthcare, Informatics, and beyond. She currently attends Rider University where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems. Ashika has previously interned with Johnson & Johnson's Innovation Team, EY's Technology Risk Team, and most recently with NASA's Human Performance Team. Ashika has participated in multiple business pitch competitions at Rider University and was the winner of both the 2022 and 2021 collegiate pitch competitions, where she presented her original ideas for a safety-focused micro-mobility device and a student productivity app. Ashika is also focused on addressing global healthcare challenges for patients and providers. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, critical medical supply shortages inspired her to collaborate with nurses, data scientists, and software engineers to prototype a medical resource-sharing app for hospitals. Along with her team, she created a system to locate and transport medical resources so that crucial supplies could be easily allocated between nearby hospitals for patients in need. Ashika is extremely passionate about conceptualizing, prototyping, and launching user-focused innovations that prioritize human well-being.