Association of Surgical Technologists

New York State Assembly

Association of Surgical Technologists
Association of Surgical Technologists

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Foundation Scholarships 

Former Presidents scholarship for CST who has never attended conference


Information about the NYAST scholarship to the 53rd National Conference in Chicago, Illonois:

The New York Association of Surgical Technologists (NYAST) is accepting applications for a scholarship, which will allow an NYAST member, who is currently working as a CST and has never attended the AST National Conference, to attend the AST 53rd National Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The dates of the conference are May 25-27, 2023. The scholarship will cover the cost of the member’s registration, opening night and closing night event, airfare, and (4 night) hotel accommodations with an arrival date of Wednesday May 24, 2023 and a departure date of Sunday May 28, 2020. The requirements are as follows:

Applicant must be at least 18 years old, a current AST member, currently certified as a CST, and working in the field of Surgical Technology.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. An essay of 500 words or less explaining how attending the AST 53rd National conference will benefit you in your career.
  3. ***Three letters of recommendation:
  1. ***A letter from your director confirming you can have the time off from work to attend the conference should you be awarded the scholarship (separate from letter of recommendation).

Documents 1-4 above must be submitted together in one packet, organized, and in order, to NYAST Scholarship Selection Committee 576 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 and received no later than Saturday April 15, 2023 .

Please note: Incomplete and or late applications will NOT be considered.

  1. Post conference article (approximately 2 paragraphs) describing your conference experience and the sessions attended for publication in the NYAST Fall 2020 newsletter submitted to NYAST by July 1, 2023.
  2. The recipient must attend the following NYSAT conference in the Fall in Verona, NY. A 5-10-minute presentation on what they gained from the conference and why others should apply will be presented. Failure to attend the conference will result in the recipient to re-pay ALL EXPENSES.

All applications that meet the above criteria will be considered, a decision will be made by the NYAST CST and Student Scholarship Committee and the recipient will be notified by phone or told in person (if attending) at the NYAST Spring 2023 conference. The decision of the scholarship committee will be final. NYAST will make all flight and hotel arrangements in consultation with the recipient of the scholarship. The recipient will provide NYAST all information required to make these arrangements. If recipient fails to attend the conference or fails to attend the NYAST Fall conference, they will be held responsible for reimbursement to NYAST for any expenses incurred in bookings or reservations made on behalf of the scholarship recipient.

***A total of 4 letters will be submitted with an application: 3 recommendations and 1 from your supervisor/director to allow time to attend the AST National Conference.


NYAST 2023 AST National Conference CST Scholarship Application

(Please write legibly)

Member Name ___________________________________________________________

CST Certification #____________________ AST Member #_______________________

Home Address: ___________________________________________________________


Phone Number _______________________________ (include area code)

Cell Phone _______________________________ (include area code)

Work Phone _______________________________ (include area code)

Name of Employer __________________________________________________________

Employer Address ___________________________________________________________


Name of Director or Supervisor________________________________________________


If selected to receive this scholarship, I will represent NYAST, my employer, the profession of surgical technology, and myself in a responsible and professional manner. I will attend all sessions of the Conference and submit an article about my experience to NYAST and attend the NYAST Fall conference as per the requirements set forth. I will make myself available to meet with an NYAST board member, present at the conference, during the conference. I will be given the phone number of an NYAST board member, present at the conference, to contact should I have any questions. I understand that I am responsible for all expenses other than registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations. I understand that if I am awarded and accept this scholarship, and fail to attend the conference, I am obligated to reimburse NYAST any expenses incurred for any bookings or registrations made on my behalf. NYAST has no legal obligation or liability other than what is stated in this application.


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Signature of Applicant                                                                                    Date of Application