Barbara Snyderman, MLS(ASCP)CM, DLM, ASCLS E&R Fund Vice Chair

What student couldn’t use some additional cash to fund his or her education, graduate studies, or research? The ASCLS Education & Research Fund, Inc., (E&R Fund) provides scholarships and grants available for students enrolled in programs in medical laboratory technology, medical laboratory science, and graduate degrees related to our profession. The E&R Fund also provides scholarship opportunities to students studying for the doctorate in clinical laboratory science.

Established in 1953, ASCLS E&R Fund provides dollars that assist in the growth of the clinical/medical laboratory science profession and enhance the essential services provided by laboratory professionals. The fund is supported by endowments and by contributions from members and the public.

In 2011, the E&R Fund began providing Memorial Scholarships that are intended for those who wish to honor or memorialize a friend, colleague, or family member with a gift.

Funding Opportunities

The fund offers a $1,500 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship annually to a qualifying MLS student and a $1,000 scholarship to a qualifying MLT student in the final year of study. Other undergraduate scholarships are available to honor Dan Southern ($2,000) and in memory of Edward C. Dolbey, Michelle Kanuth, and Bernadette Rodak ($1,500 each). A $3,000 Edward C. Dolbey graduate scholarship is offered to graduate students in clinical/medical laboratory science or in a related graduate field.

The E&R Fund also offers research grants of $3,000-$5,000 supporting members’ investigations of issues critical to laboratory medicine and health care.

The ASCLS awards program recognizes outstanding achievements, contributions, and service to the profession and celebrates the value of professional ability and commitment. Grants, scholarships, and professional achievement awards are presented at the ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting.

Eligibility for E&R Fund Scholarships

  • Member of ASCLS
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Undergraduate applicants may apply during their final year
  • Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in a NAACLS-accredited program

The E&R Fund depends on your donations! Money is raised through silent auctions at the Joint Annual Meeting Presidents’ Reception and at the Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference but that is just a part of what is given to students each year. Donations are welcome at any time of the year. Please go to and use the DONATE button to make your contribution to the E&R Fund, or simply mail your check to the ASCLS national office, c/o James Flanigan, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, 1861 International Drive, Suite 200, McLean VA 22102.

Your contribution is officially a tax-deductible donation to our 501c3 fund. There is no minimum contribution—all donations are appreciated. If you want to donate to a specific scholarship, simply provide the name and affiliation of the person you wish to honor or memorialize. The trustees of the E&R Fund thank you in advance for your contributions.

Barbara Snyderman is senior laboratory specialist at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Philadelphia.