ASRT Fellow Scholarship/Grant

Former ASRT president Richard Olden proposed the Fellows honor in 1954 to recognize those members who had “worked faithfully for the advancement of the profession.” Two years later, 12 members were elevated to Fellow. Of the nearly 200 members who have been elevated, less than half are still with us. Equally disturbing is that fewer ASRT members seem to be aspiring to achieve the honor.

The process of becoming an ASRT Fellow is time consuming and takes years. To apply, a member must have at least 10 continuous years of membership in ASRT and demonstrated proof of his or her long-time commitment to the advancement of the profession at the district, state, regional, national and international levels.

That commitment comes in the form of activities or achievements such as volunteering for the ASRT and state affiliate, writing directed reading or peer-reviewed articles for ASRT journals, making presentations at conferences, earning an advanced degree and more. Every activity is worth a certain number of points, and each candidate must earn a minimum of 80 points before his or her application is considered.

No one understands the journey to Fellows status like those who have made it, which is why Linda Holden, M.S., R.T.(R)(QM), FASRT (Fellows class of 2008), initiated the ASRT Fellows Scholarship/Grant. Its goal is to increase the understanding of the Fellow designation and to help the next generation prepare for elevation. The award will provide up to $1,000 annually for one deserving candidate to receive one of the following aids to help them earn points and advance their knowledge:

  1. Attendance at the ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting and Educational Symposium

  2. Financial assistance to pursue an advanced degree or additional certification related to the radiology profession

  3. An educational product related to the radiology profession
 

ASRT members eligible to apply for the award are medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals who have five or more years of consecutive membership and demonstrated current involvement in an affiliate society and ASRT. Applicants also must submit an essay describing their pathway to becoming a Fellow and how the funds will help them achieve that goal.

The ASRT Foundation-managed scholarship/grant will help ensure a lasting legacy of knowledge, dedication, vision, and innovation at ASRT and in the profession. But for it to succeed as envisioned, it needs your support.

Philip Ballinger, Ph.D., R.T.(R), FASRT (Fellows class of 2003, ASRT Life member, and Linda’s sponsor for Fellow), has generously offered to match donations received through Nov. 30, 2019, up to $12,500. All donors who contribute to the fund by that date will be recognized as founding donors in all promotional materials.

 

Stay tuned for application information as the program reaches its funding requirements.

For more information contact the Foundation at foundation@asrt.org or 800-444-2778