Robert H. Thomas Scholarship Fund

The Virginia/DC Chapter has established an annual scholarship to be awarded in honor of Robert H. Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a charter member (one of 284) of the American Association for Hospital Accountants which became HFMA. He was honored at the Annual Institute of HFMA in 1985. Bob was President of the Virginia Hospital Association in 1956. His other experience includes the Administrator of Grace Hospital in Richmond, Director of the Virginia Council on Uniform Hospital Accounting and Assistant Director of the Virginia Hospital Rate Review Program. Mr. Thomas retired in 1981 to reside in Richmond.

The purpose of the Robert H. Thomas continuing education scholarship is to provide encouragement, recognition and financial incentives for Chapter members to pursue appropriate continuing education. Appropriate education would be a course toward an advanced degree, a certification program, undergraduate courses or other education, which would enhance or further an applicant’s career. The scholarship is in the amount of $1000, to be appropriated from the Chapter’s annual operating budget.

The scholarship award will be made on the basis of an essay. The essay should describe the applicant’s academic goals, how the scholarship will help the applicant achieve this goal and how the applicant expects his or her career to be improved. The essay should not exceed two typewritten, single-spaced pages.

All applicants for the Robert H. Thomas Scholarship must be members of HFMA. Judging of the essay will include (but not be limited to) organization, grammar, punctuation, clarity and logic of expression.

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for conducting the scholarship selection and award, and is composed of past presidents of the Chapter.