After successful fundraisers in 2013 and a boost of financial support from the NAME Board of Directors, this year the Selection Subcommittee for the Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship tripled the number of scholarships awarded over those given in its first year, 2013. The NAME Board decided to support three scholarships—one for an individual from each NAME Region.  Each scholarship will provide reimbursement (not to exceed $1,000) of reasonable travel costs and lodging for the 12th Annual NAME Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, from September 16-19, 2014.

The Scholarship was created in 2013 by the NAME Board of Directors in memory of longtime member Anysia Drumheller. Anysia was elected to serve on the NAME Board of Directors, appointed Chair of the NAME Membership Committee and became an Honorary NAME Board Member prior to her death in May 2013.  Her numerous contributions to NAME, service to existing members and determination to recruit new members are commemorated by this generous scholarship. Eligible applicants are individuals employed by or designated to represent a State Medicaid Agency, State Education Agency, or LEA and whose costs for attending the 12th Annual NAME Conference are not covered by their employer.  In addition to travel and lodging reimbursement, the recipient of each scholarship this year has their Conference registration covered and is granted NAME membership through December 31, 2015.

The deadline for Scholarship applications was July 1, 2014 and was publicized in the NAMEtag newsletter and on the NAME website.  Scholarship Selection Subcommittee Chair Jim Donoghue (IA) indicated that, “All applications were excellent and all of the applicants were well suited for this important scholarship. Each Subcommittee member gained a deeper understanding of the personal meaning that the NAME Annual Conference holds for potential attendees.”

For NAME regions with multiple complete entries, the Selection Subcommittee gave priority to applicants who had not been to a NAME Conference before and applicants from a state that currently has no NAME members.  If after scoring applications there were still ties, awardees were selected randomly.

To Find out Who Our Scholarship Recipients are -


Region 1
(Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia)

  • Ms. Robin Morrison of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is the LEA Clinical Policy and Program Coordinator for the Division of Medical Assistance. By attending the Conference she stated she hopes to increase her comprehension of federal laws, statutes and policies that govern Medicaid reimbursement, and to better explain to legislators, caregivers and other stakeholders, how disbursement of federal funds works. <Click here to see Ms. Morrison’s complete application essay>

Region 2
(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, US Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin)

  • Ms. Diane Ballard of Cedar Rapids Community School District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is her school district’s Medicaid Coordinator and a former NAME Conference presenter. She stated her desired outcomes by attending the Conference are to increase and further her collaboration skills and to improve her leadership skills.  <Click here to see Ms. Ballard’s complete application essay>

Region 3
(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming)

  • Ms. Dawn Bray of Beaumont Unified School District in Beaumont, California.  Ms. Bray is the district’s Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) and LEA Billing Coordinator and her district is about to start Random Moment Time Studies (RMTS). She stated that she hopes to network with colleagues from other states who have implemented RMTS, learn more about policy development and develop solutions to concerns identified and unique to California.  <Click here to see Ms. Bray’s complete application essay>

For those of you attending the 2014 Annual Conference, please take the time to say hello to each awardee while you are in Niagara Falls.

Applications for the annual Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship are released in late spring of each year. To donate to this important scholarship fund, click here. Also, you can donate by participating in the 2nd Annual Anysia Drumheller Memorial 5K Run, Walk, Roll on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 AM in Niagara Falls, NY.