Student Scholarship and Support Funds

MGH Institute of Health Professions uses scholarship and student support funds to attract and retain the most talented student body. In addition, we use scholarship funds to encourage the enrollment of students from underrepresented backgrounds. We recognize a strong connection between a culturally diverse healthcare workforce and the ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care. Below are just a few examples of the scholarships and awards we offer. To learn more about giving opportunities for scholarships at the Institute, please email Meagan Sheffield or call (617) 643-7194.

Linda C. Andrist has been a steadfast champion of the Institute's faculty, students, and graduates. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Linda served for many years as the Coordinator of the Women’s Health and dual Adult-Women's Health NP specialty, and went on to become the Director of the Graduate Nursing program, during which she helped launch the Institute’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

The IHP is establishing a new scholarship to celebrate Linda and her many contributions to the IHP, the discipline of nursing, and the field of women’s health. Your support helps to continue and further Linda’s legacy. 

Give to the Linda C. Andrist Scholarship Fund



Kay Bander

Kay Bander Matching Gift Scholarship Program

When long-time MGH employee and volunteer Kay Bander passed away in 2017, she generously left a portion of her estate to MGH Institute of Health Professions.  The Institute is honoring Kay’s legacy and investment in the school with the “Kay Bander Scholarship Campaign,” which will match gifts of at least $25,000 made to create, or add to an existing, endowed scholarship in 2018.   Donors may name the scholarship, which will be recognized as part of the Kay Bander Scholarship Program, and can fund it with the donation of cash, securities, or appreciated assets over five years. Learn more about Kay Bander and the matching gift scholarship program.






Bette Ann Harris

Bette Ann "BA" Harris Scholarship in Interprofessional Studies

The Bette Ann “BA” Harris Scholarship in Interprofessional Studies will provide financial assistance for a minimum of one student annually who is pursuing a post-professional degree at the Institute with a demonstrated interest in interprofessional education. Selection preference will be given to highly qualified licensed health professionals enrolled in degree programs in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, including but not limited to the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences or the Master of Science in Health Professions Education, with a preference for qualified physical therapists.

BA Harris was the first graduate of the Institute, and has been a part of the growth and evolution of the graduate school from the very beginning. She became a faculty member in 1985 having served in clinical, research, and administrative positions at Massachusetts General Hospital Physical Therapy Services. She was Program Director of Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy (PT) from 1992 until 2002. During that time she oversaw the conversion of the Master of Science PT program to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  From 2002-2007, she was the Special Assistant for New Initiatives, Office of the President, and was the Interim Associate Academic Dean for Academic Year 2007-2008. From 2008-2012 BA was the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In 2011 BA became the Interim Director of the newly created Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation.

Give to the Bette Ann Harris Scholarship





Photo of Gregg Lof

Gregory L. Lof Dissertation Support Fund

In honor of Gregg Lof¹s 20 years of service to the Communication Science Disorder program of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, the IHP is pleased to announce the establishment of the Gregory L. Lof Dissertation Support Fund. The Fund will advance research science will supporting the financial needs of graduate students. The Fund will distribute one award of approximately $1,000 per year to support  the research dissertation expenses not covered by other sources of funding of any PhD candidate at their dissertation stage.  Students will apply to the Executive Committee of the PhD Program who will make the award decision.  All things being equal, a CSD student would receive preference but the award is available to students from all disciplines. 

Give to the Gregory L. Lof Dissertation Research Fund



The John Knowles family with scholarship recipients

John Hilton Knowles Fellows Scholarship

The John Hilton Knowles Fellows Scholarship was established to promote the Institute’s goal of increasing the diversity of the student body in our clinical programs in order to better serve an increasingly multicultural, multilingual population. The Knowles Fellowship is a merit-based academic award that gives preference to students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the health professions relative to their numbers in the general public.

Dr. John Hilton Knowles was President of Massachusetts General Hospital and one of the Institute’s founders. The Knowles family established the scholarships in his memory. Dr. Knowles and his family recognize the important contribution that our students will make as future leaders of their various disciplines.

Members of the Knowles family with scholarship recipients at the Gala.


Give to the John Hilton Knowles Fellows Scholarship Fund



Chris Norman

Christopher Norman Educational Fund

Founded in 2011, the Christopher Norman Educational Fund helps students in the Communication Science and Disorders program take full advantage of educational opportunities at the Institute and beyond. This fund was created in memory of Christopher Norman, an alumnus of the CSD program whose perseverance and determination allowed him to overcome his own communication disorder as he completed his program at IHP. Since its inception, this fund has supported students from the CSD program in various educational activities such as help with attending conferences and thesis research support.

Give to the Christopher Norman Education Fund




Dr. Charles and Ann Sanders

The Charles and Ann Sanders Interprofessional Scholarship

The Charles and Ann Sanders Interprofessional Scholarship provides partial tuition to two students annually. This fund promotes participation in regional, national, and international interprofessional learning experiences. Interprofessional education provides opportunities for students from different health disciplines to learn and practice together in health care teams.

In 1977, Dr. Charles Sanders used his influence and prestige as General Director of Massachusetts General Hospital to ensure the dream envisioned by him and Dr. John Hilton Knowles led to the successful creation of a health sciences graduate school that would be like no other – MGH Institute of Health Professions.



Give to the Charles and Ann Sanders Scholarship Fund