Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Hardship Grant

The SDMS Foundation Hardship Grant Program provides grants to support sonographers who are temporarily disabled, unemployed, or affected by disasters, and are experiencing financial hardship that prevents them from renewing their SDMS membership and earning the CME credits required to ​maintain their sonography credential.

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Grant ​Details

Hardship grants are valued at $1​​​75 and may only be used to directly cover the cost of one year of Standard SDMS membership. Only one hardship grant may be awarded every five (5) years per applicant. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis subject to availability of funds.

Grant Application Periods 

  • December 1 through February 28
  • March 1 through May 31
  • June 1 through August 31
  • September 1 through November 30

Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for an SDMS Foundation Hardship Grant, an individual must:

  • Be a current SDMS Standard member in good standing within 90 days immediately prior to expiration or a recently expired member (within 30 days); and
  • Demonstrate need by fully completing the SDMS Foundation Hardship Grant - Online Application, including the required attachment(s), before the application deadline.

NOTE: Only one SDMS Foundation grant and one SDMS Foundation Scholarship may be awarded to the same individual within a calendar year.

Grant Process

  • All applications must be completed online. Completed applications are reviewed based on eligibility criteria and availability of grant funds.
  • Grant funds are automatically applied as an additional year of membership dues on the grant recipient’s account and are not transferable.
  • Grant recipients will receive a confirmation by email within two weeks of notification of grant award that their membership has been renewed.
Grant recipients are responsible for determining the tax implications of all grants received. Please consult a tax professional if you have questions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The SDMS Foundation is committed to promoting and implementing ongoing improvements to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all Foundation programs and in the diagnostic medical sonography profession. Click Here to read the full SDMS Foundation Board Policy.

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