Chapter Scholarship Winners Announced

The Central & North Florida Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (CNFHIMSS) is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 scholarship recipients Aliesea Smith and Zainab Ali, both students at the University of Central Florida.


Aliesea Smith

University of Central Florida

M.Sc. Health Care Informatics

Award: $1,500

Ms. Aliesea Rae Smith is a native of Miami Gardens, FL, and the daughter of Mr. Ray and Dr. Lisa Smith. She is a current student at University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, Florida, where she majors in Health Care Informatics. Aliesea plans to use both her knowledge and passion for health information technology, and apply them to the work place, while continuing her education in pursuit of a Doctorate of Public Health in Fall, 2018.

In support of Aliesea’s scholarship application, Dr. Alice Noblin, Associate Professor, Health Informatics and Information Management Program Director, UCF writes, “Aliesea has a promising future within the field of health care informatics. I believe she is very deserving of this scholarship.”

Aliesea is a proud student member of the following associations: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, American Health Information Management Association, Central Florida Health Information Management Association and Florida Health Information Management Association. She has attended a number of CNFLHIMSS chapter events and HIMSS17 in Orlando.

She has contributed to her community via beach cleanups, park cleanups, and volunteering at The Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Homeless Shelter (Fort Lauderdale, FL). In her spare time, Aliesea enjoys learning new things, spending quality time with loved ones, and volunteering in her local community.

The entire CNFLHIMSS chapter congratulates Aliesea on her scholarship award!


Zainab Ali

University of Central Florida

B.Sc. Health Informatics and Information Management

Award: $3,500

Ms. Zainab Ali is a senior student at the University of Central Florida, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Spring, 2018. Her nearly perfect GPA and enthusiasm for her program of study have not only earned her a CNFLHIMSS scholarship award, but she has also been awarded a National HIMSS Scholarship to be presented at the HIMSS18 Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. She is the previous recipient of a 2016 FHIMA scholarship as well as a 2017 Carol Barr Endowed scholarship.

In support of her application, one of her professors wrote, “I had the privilege of working with her during HIMSS 2017 at the Intelligent Health Pavilion and was thoroughly impressed with her intelligence, commitment, work ethic and professionalism. Presently, she is a student in my internship program and I continue to be impressed by her dedication to her studies, program of study and university.”

A full-time non-traditional student, born in India, and raised in Dubai, Zainab is also a full-time mom to 3 energetic young boys. She thrives on challenges and is dedicated towards making a difference in the health information industry as a successful professional. Her favorite quote is “Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try!”

The entire CNFLHIMSS chapter congratulates Zainab on her scholarship award!