Foundation Scholarships

To help advance patient safety, the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) created the HSPA Foundation, the Association's 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. The HSPA Foundation's primary mission is to provide valuable education and support to Sterile Processing professionals through educational initiatives, research, scholarships, professional development grants, and awards.


The HSPA Foundation will be providing eleven scholarships for the 2023 Annual Conference and Expo at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. (May 6–10, 2023). The Foundation will provide 10 scholarships, and Healthmark will provide one scholarship in honor of Anne Cofiell. Anne was a loyal supporter of the SP profession who advocated tirelessly about the critical importance of safe, high-quality medical device processing—beginning with effective, thorough and consistent cleaning. She was an active member of HSPA and served on many AAMI working groups throughout her decades-long career. 

Applications for the 2023 Foundation Conference Scholarship were due by November 21, 2022.


For more information on the 2023 Annual Conference, please visit our website here:

Past Recipients

  • Whitney Adams, CRCST, Sterilization Lead - MercyHealth Hospital and Medical Center, Devavan, WI
  • Jesselee Alburo, CRCST, Technician/Perioperative Aid - Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Maria Banuelos, CRCST, CS Tech - Christus Spohn Health System, Banquete, TX
  • William Frey, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Supervisor - VAMC, Martinsburg, WV
  • Elaine Higginson, CRCST, CER, Manager - Lost Rivers Medical Center, Arco, ID
  • Garrett Hollembeak, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Intrument Specialist - Cincinnati Childlren's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Melissa Loper, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Supervisor - Allegheny Valley Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Janene McGlynn, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Technician - The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO
  • Taylor Petet, CRCST, CER, Manager - Lost Rivers Medical Center, Arco, ID
  • Debra Zador, CRCST, Coordinator/Supervisor - University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Easton, MD
  • Gary Bache, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Supervisor - Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Alicia Ballinger, CRCST, CIS, Lead Instrument Tech - Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL
  • Florence Lynne Galusha, CRCST, CSP Educator - PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver, WA
  • Julie Hook, CRCST, Technician - Johnson County Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, WY
  • Hafiz Abdul Mannan, CRCST, Manager - Hameed Latif Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing (SP) knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 40,000 members and certification holders rely on HSPA to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.

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