MGH Institute of Health Professions uses scholarship 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 Betsy Rigby or call (617) 724-6399.
- Bette Ann "BA" Harris Scholarship in Interprofessional Studies
- Christopher Norman Educational Fund
- The John Hilton Knowles Fellows Scholarship
- The Charles and Ann Sanders Interprofessional Scholarship
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.
The Christopher Norman Educational Fund provides support for 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 the program here at IHP. Since its inception in 2011, this fund has helped 22 students from the CSD program at conferences, support thesis projects, and fund student research endeavors.
The John Hilton Knowles Fellows Scholarship provides full tuition to one student in each program’s cohort of entry-level students. Because the Institute recognizes a strong connection between a culturally diverse healthcare workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care, students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the health professions will receive preference. Members of the Knowles family with scholarship recipients at the Gala.
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.
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.