Scholarship Past Recipients

2013 Recipients

  • Cindy Sue Heskett

Cindy HeskettI graduated from Midstate College in Peoria, IL in 2011 and obtained my RHIT. Over the years I obtained my CCS and MOA. I have worked in the medical field for 25 years. I work at a major Trauma Center as an In-patient medical coder and have also taught part-time on-line classes in
Medical Coding and Billing from 2011-2013. I attend Dakota State University on-line working towards my Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration.

My plans are to obtain an AHIMA credential trainer in ICD-10 and also a Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner. I plan on changing my career to become a full-time instructor in ICD-10. I have been an avid member of CIHIMA and AHIMA since 2008. I joined AHIMA as a mentor in the AHIMA Mentor program.

I appreciate your generosity of the $500.00 scholarship and I am so grateful to be a part of the HIM field. This scholarship has been so beneficial to me in achieving my goals.

  • Katarina Knock

katarinaknoxYour donation for this scholarship is greatly appreciated.  It has helped me get where I am  today.  I am working on the completion of my Bachelor’s degree and plan to go into coding and then work my way up to a manager. 

Thanks again!


Katarina Knock graduated from Willow Lake, South Dakota in 2010 and has attended Dakota State University working towards a Bachelors of Science in Health Information Administration.  In high school, she participated in yearbook, choir and was a member of the national honor society.  She received the Daughters of American Revolution Award as well.  Since attending Dakota State, she has been occupying her time not only with her studies, but also is on the Zimmermann Hall Council and is the Health Information Management  Club secretary and treasurers.  Academically, she has excelled with Phi Eta Sigma and Kappa Sigma Iota honors.

2012 Recipient:

  • Katarina Knock

2010 Recipients:

  • Ann Pommer (DSU HIA student)
  • Siti Madson (DSU HIT student)

2009 Recipients:

  • Karna Stroschein (DSU HIA student)
  • Rachel Dreyer (DSU HIA student)

2006 Recipients:

  • Valerie Royal (DSU HIA student)
  • Jessica Schulte (DSU HIT student)

2005 Recipient:

  • Rebecca Moore (DSU HIA student)

2004 Recipients:

  • Rhonda Moen (DSU HIA student)
  • Christi Lamb (DSU HIA student)

2003 Recipients:

  • Katherine Carson (DSU HIA student)
  • Jill Degen    (DSU HIA student)
  • Amanda Miedema (DSU HIA student)

2002 Recipients:

  • Jennifer Horstman (DSU HIA student)
  • Stacy Smidt (DSU HIA student)