Scholarship FAQ


How can I submit a successful scholarship application?

  • You must be an ASRT member to apply.
  • Follow all directions carefully.
  • Check your application against your financial records to make sure you entered your information accurately.
  • Do not leave any fields blank. Use “0” if the answer is zero or unknown.
  • The recommendation information must be completed online. A letter of recommendation will not be accepted in place of completing the form. Make sure the person you ask to recommend you understands the application process and award criteria. Give the writer advance notice so he or she has enough time to do a good job. Ask the writer to provide specific information about you (e.g., your enthusiasm, hard work and achievements).

Who administers the ASRT Foundation scholarship program?

The ASRT Foundation administers the scholarship program.


Who do I contact if I have technical problems with the application?

If you have technical problems with the scholarship application, email the ASRT Foundation at foundation@asrt.org.


Is applying for a scholarship a straightforward process?

Yes! The AcademicWorks scholarship platform is designed to assist in determining all scholarships for which you may be eligible. You will be asked several questions. Based on your answers, the application will be entered into all eligible scholarship pools.

Entry-level applications are students in entry-level programs who have not yet passed any of the primary pathway registry exams (or equivalent).*

Professional-level applicants are students who have already attained certification from the ARRT or other equivalent certifying organization or have completed an entry-level program and are transitioning directly into radiation therapy, sonography, magnetic resonance or nuclear medicine.

*For entry-level applicants only: Student memberships are available to individuals who are enrolled in primary radiologic science programs or who have not received their initial certifications. Apply for a student membership today.

How competitive are the ASRT Foundation scholarships?

Your odds of being awarded a scholarship depend on the number of applicants qualified for the same scholarship. We receive an average of 450+ applications each year for approximately 65 scholarship awards. Please make sure that you read through the instructions carefully and spend time on your essay responses to ensure that you have the best possibility of receiving an award.

What information and documents will I need to prepare my online application?

  • ASRT membership status
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Volunteer service activities
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Financial data (All applicants also will be required to report their adjusted gross income, number of household members and children in college, cost of attendance of current educational program and non-repayable educational assistance.

    Applicants who are currently enrolled in school will need to have their program director verify their GPA. Entry-level applicants must have completed at least one full term of radiologic science courses.

    Please note: We do not accept any documents by mail or fax. All applications and related materials must be completed online through AcademicWorks.

Are there any restrictions on the scholarship awards?

Yes:

  • Your college, university or medical institution must be accredited in the United States.
  • Scholarship checks are made out to this institution, not to you.
  • Funds may be used as long as you are continuously enrolled in your program of study.

Scholarship funds can be applied to:

  • Tuition.
  • Books.
  • Fees, on-campus room and board.
  • Supplies and equipment required for your course load.
  • Any leftover amount may be disbursed to you according to the policies of your institution.

You may be awarded only one scholarship per year. If you qualify for more than one scholarship, you will receive the award with the highest dollar amount. Previous recipients are eligible to apply however, applicants are only eligible to win a specific scholarship twice.

What if I disenroll?

If you disenroll, funds must be returned to the ASRT Foundation. You may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award; however, you program of study must remain related to a career in the radiologic sciences. Scholarships are not intended to assist and R.T. in switching career, including becoming a physician assistant or radiologist.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

An independent panel, the Scholarship Review Committee, evaluates applications and assigns scores to each section of the application based on standardized criteria. The combined scores are ranked, and recipients are recommended to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

All awards are based on a combination of academic/professional achievements, essay content, financial need and professional recommendation.


How will I know whether I'm selected to receive a scholarship?

All applicants are notified via email by May 15. Past experience indicates that emails sometimes are not received or are unsuccessfully delivered. Make sure you add foundation@asrt.org to your email address book or “safe senders list” so these important messages are not sent to your junk mail folder.

Be certain to provide the email address you check most often. If you are selected as an award recipient, you will be required to confirm the award. You will be sent an Award Offer email from the AcademicWorks system and you will be required to log into your account to formally accept the award.

Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities for which you may be eligible to apply.


When are scholarship checks issued?

Checks will be mailed to each recipient’s school address provided during the recipient during the post-acceptance process. The recipient will need to provide this information in order to accept the award. It is important that this information is accurate.

Checks will be made payable to the institution only. It is your responsibility to notify the ASRT Foundation should the check not arrived within 30 days of the issue date.

Disbursements of funds:

  • Summer term: June
  • Fall term: August
  • Spring term: December

Are scholarships taxable?

Scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition and textbooks are normally not taxable. As a scholarship recipient, you are responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.


What programs qualify as an accredited program?

Most radiography programs receive accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. In some cases, however, the Registry allows students who graduated from regionally accredited programs to sit for the radiography exam. Further accreditation information is available on the ARRT website.

I applied to more than one school. Which one do I list on the application?

List your first choice on the application. If you are chosen to receive an award, you will have a chance to change your school when you accept the award.


Why do I have to graduate after September 1 to qualify?

The purpose of our scholarship program is to help students earn a certificate or degree; therefore, scholarship funds are for tuition, fees and other expenses related to completing the educational program. Scholarship awards are made out to the school to be credited to the student’s account. We do not have any loan forgiveness programs at this time.


What are the citizenship requirements for receiving a scholarship?

Our entry-level scholarships are based on the same criteria the U.S. government uses for federal student aid. You must be one of the following to receive federal student aid: U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. permanent resident who has a I-151, I-551 or I-551C (alien registration receipt card). Individuals with a visitor, student or G-series visa are ineligible. For more information on how the U.S. government classifies non-citizens, please visit their web page on Federal Student Aid.

All applicants must meet the ASRT membership requirement. However, we cannot issue funds to any school outside of the United States at this time.


I live outside the United States. Can I apply for a scholarship?

We have limited resources and, therefore, must be extremely targeted with our scholarship and grant programs. Currently, we are focused on recruiting and retaining talented radiation therapy and medical imaging professionals in the United States. However, professional-level applicants may qualify for a scholarship if they are attending an accredited U.S. educational institution, even if they are not U.S. citizens.

Please contact the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for information on possible assistance for international students.