PWOB Student Scholarship
AmSECT believes that our students provide a great strength as the future of our profession. We hope for well-rounded professionals who will be able to provide a broad range of experience to their developing careers. Exposure to missions work is an exciting way to begin that development.As such, Perfusion Without Borders, in conjunction with the AmSECT Foundation, offers one annual scholarship of up to $3000 to a perfusion student, to be used for travel expenses on a mission of their choice.Our scholarship winners have found their experiences to be very significant events in the development of their professional careers.
The deadline for this year's student scholarship application is September 1. If you are currently a perfusion student in the clinical stages of your education with an interest in witnessing and participating in a global effort to share the inspiration and insight of our profession throughout the world, an experience you will never forget, please email a completed application found on this page and all supporting information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant should be in their clinical year and have the approval of a previously selected mission organization for a student to accompany a practicing perfusionist before applying for the scholarship.
Letter for Charities
Students applying for mission trips should attach a copy of this letter to the charities' application forms.
I won a scholarship sponsored by AmSECT and Perfusion Without Borders to attend a cardiac surgery mission trip in order to shadow an experienced perfusionist. My two weeks in Guayaquil, Ecuador may have been the most beneficial of my entire clinical experience as a perfusion student. I would recommend participation with a mission trip to any student who might be interested. Not only does it provide innumerable learning opportunities related to the practice of perfusion, but it also presents a unique avenue of contributing to a very worthy and important cause. I am not only certain that my time has helped me to be a better perfusionist, but I also know it will forever be an experience that I keep close to my own heart.
- Margaret Harrington
I especially thank AmSECT and the PWOB Committee for supporting student involvement and their efforts of global assistance. The PWOB student scholarship provided me the opportunity to volunteer with a cardiac team in Hanoi, Vietnam. I was able to witness firsthand the necessary efforts in providing life saving operations, as well as aid in the education of a developing cardiac surgical program abroad. The amazing accomplishments a handful of people can make and the impact on an entire community is truly humbling. It further speaks to the direct role, that we as members in established heart programs, play in global aid and education.
- Lian Toyoji
There is no greater feeling than putting a smile on a child’s face. Sometimes we tend to take a lot of blessings for granted, but when you travel to other countries, you will see firsthand how truly blessed you are and obtain a greater appreciation for what you have at home. We should come together as one and help people who are in need; not only for those suffering at home, but also for those people abroad. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Especially for my fellow students, I am strongly encouraging you to attend a mission trip and apply for the PWOB scholarship. Medical mission trips present an excellent opportunity to learn and enrich your work experience in the field. There are some skills that can only be attained outside the home environment and it will also help you to adapt to the different cultures and customs that you come across in your field or society. It will help us all become better perfusionists and better people.
- Samuel Pierre