Until the end of December 2012, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) board of directors will match all donations to the AAMI Foundation scholarship program up to a cumulative total of $25,000.

The scholarships provide money to students studying to become biomedical equipment technicians and clinical engineers.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to have a meaningful impact in helping the next generation of biomeds and engineers,” said Dave Francoeur, chair of AAMI’s technology management council. “The fact is the profession is aging, and the needs in health care are growing. So we need to do everything we can to help attract more qualified students to the field.”

Each year, the program awards two $2,500 scholarships. The 2012 scholarship winners were Avinash Konkani, a student pursuing his PhD in systems engineering at Oakland University, and Robin Cady, a biomedical engineering technology student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

To date, the scholarship program has awarded six scholarships, but the needs far exceed the funds available to make the program self-sustaining. To date, nearly $300,000 has been raised—$200,000 short of the $500,000 goal.

For information on how to donate, click here.

Weekly Jolt, December 18, 2012