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 (formerly IAHCSMM) Foundation will be providing five scholarships for the 2022 Annual Conference and Expo in San Antonio, Texas from April 23 – 27. The scholarships will cover registration fees and up to 4 nights of hotel accommodations.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be employed in a Central Service or Materiel Management Department;
  • Provide demonstrated commitment to continuing education and best practices;
  • Be a certified technician; and
  • Submit the scholarship application along with a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor/manager.

Click Here to download a copy of the application form.

Applications for the 2022 Foundation Conference Scholarship are due by January 24, 2022

Past Recipients

  • 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
  • Michelle Brown, CRCST, CER, CIS, Technician - Mercy Hospital of Joplin, Joplin, MO
  • Brittney Bruin, CRCST, Lead Tech - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, North Pole, AK
  • Emily Davis, CRCST, CIS, Technician - Bassett Heatlhcare Network, Franklin, NY
  • Julie Dothager, CRCST, CER, Technician - Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, IL
  • Ramon Hidalgo, CRCST, CHL, Supervisor - Banner Boswell Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ann Briggs - Rockland and Bergen Surgery Center
  • Leticia Cruz - University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
  • Mohammad Iqbal - Albany Medical Center South Clinical Campus
  • Jennifer Morrissey - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Bryan Potratz - SageWest Healthcare at Lander

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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