Foundation Annual Grant

NCUS Foundation Mission

The mission of the North Carolina Ultrasound Society Foundation is to provide educational opportunities in the field of diagnostic medical sonography to North Carolina sonographers and sonography students. The NCUS Foundation offers some financial assistance allowing recipients to attend NCUS professional education conferences who may otherwise not be able to attend.


 NCUS Foundation Annual Conference Grant Program

The NCUS Annual Conference Grant Program covers the cost of registration fees to the next Annual NCUS Spring Conference. There may be 2 chosen per year, preferably 1 student and 1 sonographer, or if necessary 2 from the same category when required based on applicant submissions. At this time hotel, travel expenses, parking fees etc., are not covered by the NCUS Foundation.

The NCUS Foundation is a component of the North Carolina Ultrasound Society. It is a charitable, nonprofit organization whose programs include educational grants to members of the NCUS who have demonstrated need. The NCUS Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt charitable organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant recipients are responsible for determining the tax implications of all grants received. Please consult a tax professional if you have questions.

The NCUS Foundation grant is made possible by donations from NCUS members and the sonography community. Please consider making a donation to assist the Foundation’s mission and programs. Donations to the NCUS Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donors should consult a tax professional for more information. For more information on the NCUS Foundation or to make a donation, please visit NCUS homepage: www.ncus.org

All grants are subject to availability of funds, therefore the NCUS Foundation reserves the right to modify or terminate any program at its sole discretion without notice.

Grant Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a current NCUS member in good standing as defined by the NCUS Bylaws.
  2. Applicant must be a current NCUS member at the time of 1) Application, 2) Award Notification, AND 3) Time of Conference.
  3. Demonstrate need by fully completing the NCUS Annual Conference Grant Online Application, including required attachments, before the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be rejected.
  4. NCUS Foundation grant recipients are not eligible to reapply for two years.
  5. Must be U.S. Citizen currently living or working in North Carolina.
  6. Student: Maintain 3.5 GPA; Student must be enrolled in a North Carolina primary education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
  7. Sonographer: Must be working as a sonographer or actively seeking sonography employment in NC. Must be registered or registry eligible with ARDMS or CCI.
  8. NCUS Foundation committee members, NCUS Board of Directors, NCUS employees, and their families are not eligible for NCUS Foundation grants.

Grant Process

  1. Open Application period is 2 months. Applicants will be contacted to inform them whether their application has been approved. Approved applications will proceed to essay.
  2. Complete and submit the online application by the application deadline, including required attachments, to be accepted for consideration. Documents that verify need include the Employer Affirmation and Reference for the Sonographer and the Program Director Affirmation and Reference for the Student. Submit 2 additional letters of professional recommendation. If unemployed but actively seeking NC sonography employment, submit the sonographer application with “none” under Employer Name, and submit 3 professional letters of recommendation. Submit completed applications with attachments by the deadline to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and approved applicants will receive an email notice with instructions to submit an essay within 14 days. No late essays will be accepted.
    • Essay prompts will be provided. Responses to multiple essay prompts may be written individually or grouped together into one narrative.
    • Essays are scored anonymously. Therefore, it is very important that applicants not identify themselves in the body of the essay, including the name of the school attended, or place of employment. Note: Submissions with this information included in the body of the essay will result in the essay not being considered.
    • Spelling and grammar will be considered during essay scoring. Essays should be proofread for word count as any submission over the 1,000 word limit will reduce score.
  4. All applicants will receive notification via email indicating whether a grant will be awarded.
  5. Selected grant recipients must respond within seven (7) days to confirm that they wish to accept the grant, otherwise the grant may be made available to another applicant.
  6. Grant recipients must register for at least 2 days of the NCUS Annual conference by the posted early bird deadline; (Friday Physics, Friday Quiz Bowl, Saturday/Sunday lectures.) Attendance for specialty-specific mini-conferences are not included.
  7. At the conclusion of the conference, grant recipients are required to submit a copy of their signed NCUS CME log to the NCUS registration table as verification of attendance. Do not mail a copy to NCUS Central Office.
  8. NCUS reserves the right to announce all grant recipient names and display photos in future newsletter publications or social media.

Supporting Forms & Documentation

The forms will only be active during the application period of December 15, 2017 - February 15, 2018.