Welcome to the Foundation for Surgical Technology. We are committed to helping surgical technologists as they prepare for their career, serve the profession and give back in meaningful ways around the world. With your support and the support of our partners, the Foundation for Surgical Technology has been able to give more than 280 scholarships worth more than $240,000 to deserving students. In addition, the Foundation has provided more than $17,000 in support for advanced education scholarships and medical missions all over the world.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 100,000 surgical technologists practice across the United States and the number of jobs in our field is expected to grow 15 percent, much faster than average, between now and 2024. There are more surgical technology students today who need assistance than ever before.

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Our Partners

In 2016, AST teamed up with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to jointly support the surgical technology program sponsored by the Foundation for Surgical Technology. The 2017 scholarship recipients were determined by both organizations and the student assistance was underwritten by AST and the NBSTSA. This collaboration will allow for even more students to receive monetary assistance as they work hard to pursue their goals and a career in surgical technology.


Three Companies Sponsor Academic Scholarships

The Foundation extends its gratitude to Cengage Learning, ReSource Surgical Equipment and Sightpath Medical who underwrote scholarships for four surgical technology students in 2017. Intersted in sponsoring a scholarship? Learn More.

Foundation Awards 36 Scholarships in 2017

More than $31,000 in scholarships were distributed this year to 36 deserving surgical technology students. The scholarships were announced at AST's Surgical Technology Conference in New Orleans in May. Since its start in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $274,000 for academic scholarships, benefitting 318 students across the country.

Meet Our Scholars

Each year grateful surgical technology students from around the country receive scholarships from the Foundation for Surgical Technology. Here's what they have to say about the awards and their future in the profession.

Meet them