The AAMI Foundation has announced plans to expand the Michael J. Miller Scholarship Program in order to benefit more students of healthcare technology management (HTM). Starting in 2016, the program will award five scholarships of $3,000 each annually. For the last 6 years, the program has provided two $2,500 scholarships each year to students.

“Wow, this is fantastic news,” said Roger Bowles, professor and department chair at Texas State Technical College, in a statement from AAMI. “Many of our students are working while going to school and scholarships make it possible for them to complete the program in a shorter amount of time.”

The AAMI Foundation Board reportedly approved the expansion in June, after the program exceeded its $500,000 fundraising goal. The scholarships will be given to up to two individuals studying to become biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), up to two individuals studying clinical engineering, and one individual studying to become a health systems engineer or equivalent. Criteria for the health systems scholarship will be developed by the end of 2015.

According to AAMI, donors enabling the expansion of the scholarship program include Alpha Source Inc, Fresenius Medical Care, the Japanese Medical Instrumentation Association, PartsSource, UL, the Dalton Foundation, Replacement Parts Industries, Sodexo, AAMI’s president Mary Logan, and Trabue Bryans from BryKor LLC.

For more information, visit the AAMI website.