Travel Grants and Scholarships

The ASE Foundation offers numerous student, sonographer, and fellow travel grants and scholarships to support training and educational conference participation. By fostering the next generation of cardiovascular ultrasound professionals, the ASE Foundation is ensuring that echocardiography continues to play a prominent role in the future of healthcare.

Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award

Established in 2001 in recognition of Mr. Waggoner’s professional achievements and service to ASE, the Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award funds scholarships of $1,000, which also includes complimentary registration for ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions, and annual meeting travel support.  The Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award is given to sonographer students enrolled in CAAHEP accredited educational programs who exhibit a passion for the discipline of echocardiography and demonstrate leadership abilities.

“There’s something special about being a part of such a specific field such as cardiovascular sonography.  I have firsthand experience of almost losing my father to cardiac disease, and I am empowered to be the link of knowledge and understanding to my family and others.”
Wendy Yang, 2013 Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award

2014 Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award Recipients:
Brittney Blicharz, Hoffman Heart & Vascular School of Cardiac Ultrasound, Hartford, CT
Jerrid Brabender, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Alicia Brooks, South Hills Business & Technology, State College, PA
Bryan Dake, Bellevue College Diagnostic Ultrasound, Bellavue, WA
Yanfeng Ding, Sanford Brown College, Dallas, TX
Sean Hackett, John Hopkins Hospital School of Diagnostic Sonography, Baltimore, MD
Delanie Sapelli, Hoffman Heart & Vascular School of Cardiac Ultrasound, Hartford, CT
Nicole Soellner, John Hopkins Hospital School of Diagnostic Sonography, Baltimore, MD
McKenzie Watzka, Mayo Clinic, Cardiac DMS, Rochester, MN
Adam Wood, South Hills Business & Technology, State College, PA

Click here for nomination criteria.
Click here for a complete list of Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award recipients.

UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant

The UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant is supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation and is presented to a sonographer student enrolled in an accredited cardiovascular ultrasound program.  This grant provides funding to assist a student to attend ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions or another ASE-sponsored educational course.

“Receiving the UltraEcho Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant made a great impact on my cardiac sonography career.  It made it possible for me to attend this year’s ASE Scientific Sessions, not to mention it is a wonderful channel to meet talented people and discuss the profession.”
Juliane DeBorba, 2013 UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant

2014 Recipient:  Donna Ly, Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX

Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant

The Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant is supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation from Elsevier, Inc., to honor Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum’s commitment and tenure as the former editor of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) for 20 years.  The award is presented to a sonographer student enrolled in an accredited cardiac ultrasound program.  This grant provides funding to assist a student to attend ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions or another ASE-sponsored educational course.  Each grant amount is $1,000 and includes a complimentary registration to ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions held June 20 – 24, 2014 in Portland, OR.

“The knowledge I can obtain from the ASE Scientific Sessions will help me better serve my future patients.  It will expose me to updated technology and the latest methods for assessing cardiac function.”
Monica Hanzo, 2013 Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant

2014 Recipient: Michelle Garza, Louisiana State University Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA

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Click here for a complete list of Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant recipients.


ASE Council Travel Grants

The ASE sponsors Council Travel Grants to trainees to fund their attendance at the ASE Scientific Sessions. These travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the Council Boards to encourage trainees in cardiovascular specialities to focus on the respective echocardiography subspecialty and to recruit enthusiastic new members to the Council membership. In addition, the hope of the Council Boards is to provide interested fellows with a deeper understanding of the imaging field and facilitate the development of meaningful mentoring opportunities for trainees with established imaging faculty. Contact Cathy Kerr at ckerr@asecho.org for more details.

Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Travel Grant
2014 Recipients:

Heynric Grotenhuis, MD, PhD | The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Joy Johnson, MD | University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Council on Vascular Ultrasound Travel Grant
2014 Recipients:
Yogendra Kanthi, MD | University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MD
Hemantha Koduri, MD | Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Council on Perioperative Echocardiography Travel Grant
2014 Recipients:
John Anderson Dam, MD | UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, CA
Suzana Zorca, MD | Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MD

Cardiac Sonography Council Travel Grant
2014 Recipients:
Colleen Gorczyca, RDCS | University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Kacy Sisco, RDCS | Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Click here for a complete list of ASE Council Travel Grant recipients.