Scholarships

Each year the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) awards education scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to the field of health information management in Pennsylvania.

2024 PHIMA Scholarship Recipient

Shatele Rolland

Shatele Rolland

PHIMA is proud to award Shatele Rolland the 2024 PHIMA Scholarship.

“Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” (T. Roosevelt)

Read Shatele’s story:

I was a kid with so many dreams, hopes, and goals. I wanted to do so much in this life and all of that changed when gave birth to a child at sixteen. My determination changed. It was not just me anymore. Even now it is not just me. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a house full of family and love. We were not rich, but we were rich with love. I have had four parents all my life, two moms and two dads! They have been a big part of who I am today. My stepmom since I was three years old and my stepdad since I was twelve years old. Throughout life they have always instilled in me that I can do whatever I want and be whoever I wanted to be in this life despite my circumstances. Being a young mom was not easy and at times it got to be hard. I started college back in 2016 and life got in the way, and I had to take a break. Tragically I lost one of my parents in 2020 and that changed things for me. I started to desire better for my life with the understanding that time is not promised to anyone. What is the one thing that we run out of and take for granted, time. So, for my daughter, for my parents, and mostly for myself I decided to make my time count. That started with finishing my educational journey. I made the decision that I can do this, and I will do this. No matter the obstacles and so far, I have been pushing through. I say to all of you make the most out of your time. Chase your dreams! Go for it what it is in this life move on it. All you must do is have faith, the size of a mustard seed and mountains will move. Keep moving, the reward is waiting for you. Thank you everyone for this opportunity. It is an honor to accept this scholarship. I am so grateful and thankful. With that I will leave you this:

“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.” (Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe)

I wish you the best of luck on your educational journey.
Shatele Rolland

Congratulations Shatele!  

The scholarship raffle that was held at the 2024 Annual Conference raised over $2700!  A sincere thank you to the regions, board members and individual members who supported our scholarship fund

The PHIMA Board is proud to support our future leaders as they continue on the path of success in the Health Information Management field.

PHIMA scholarship awards are funded by member donations through the raffle at the annual conference. We thank the membership and regional associations for their donations which raised the funds to award annual scholarship winners.