Aaron S. White Grant

The grant period is currently closed. The 2024 cycle will open in July. Stay tuned for more details!

Congratulations to our 2022 Recipients! Two grants were awarded. 2023 recipient announcements coming soon!


Pavankumar Venkatesan

Pavankumar used his grant funds to attend CTO Plus: Complex CTO and Higher Risk PCI, where he was able to learn about the newest developments in the treatment of CTO Cases and watch complex procedures performed live. He also attended the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Symposium where he watched presentations on various evidence-based research studies and gained insights into recent developments in the field of invasive cardiology.

Pavankumar Venkatesan is striving to become an expert in the field of invasive cardiology. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Cardiac technology in Tamil Nadu, India, and is now a graduate student in the Cardiac Specialist program at Weber State University.



Ricky Dormon

An aspiring Cardiac Sonographer, Ricky Dorman used his grant funds to attend ASE 2023: Foundations and the Future of Cardiatric Ultrasound. The Annual ASE Scientific Sessions attract echo enthusiasts from over 45 countries. Ricky had the opportunity to network with and learn from some of the profession’s foremost thought leaders. 

Ricky graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Pre Med. Currently, he is enrolled in the Cardiac Ultrasound program at Duke University School of Medicine.

Grant Purpose

The Aaron S. White Educational Grants provide financial support to attend CCI-accepted continuing education events for cardiovascular specialty students and CCI registrants.


Two grants will be awarded annually, one from each category below*

  • One, up to $2,500 USD, will be awarded to a current qualified student
  • One, up to $2,500 USD, will be awarded to an active CCI registrant

Grant amounts are tied to actual event registration fees, accommodation costs, and transportation costs, to be at most $2,500 USD. Applicants can only apply for one of the grants. Food and beverage expenses are NOT reimbursable.

*If we do not receive applicants for both categories, two grants will be awarded from one category.

Application Period

The 2024 grant period will open in or around July and close at the end of October.


Potential grant recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students must be enrolled and in good standing in a cardiovascular specialty educational program as of March 1, 2025, and during the duration of the educational event.
  2. CCI registrants must be active and in good standing at the time of application and at the time of the educational event (active CCI board members and retired registrants are not eligible).
  1. Each grant applicant must complete the CCI Aaron S. White Educational Grant application and submit the required grant documentation before the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Grants will be awarded to one student and one CCI registrant annually. Once grants are announced, future applications will not be accepted by previous grant recipients.


Step 1: Grant applications and required documentation must be completed and submitted online when the grant period is active. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application information is complete and the required documentation is included BEFORE being submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be rejected.

Required Grant Application Documents Checklist

For grant consideration, the following supporting documentation must be submitted. Please combine all documents into one .pdf file to upload with your application:

  • Student Verification Letter – Student applicants must provide a student verification letter that confirms their enrollment and projected graduation date, and that is signed by the Program Director.
  • Personal Essay – All applicants must submit a typed essay, 500-word minimum, that includes the following:
    • Identify the educational event(s) in which you would like to participate.
    • Describe the reasons for selecting the identified educational event(s).
    • Explain what benefits the educational event(s) will bring to your career
    • Financial need.
  • Personal Letter of Reference – Applicants must submit one typed personal letter of reference, from a current or previous employer/supervisor, educational director, or clinical supervisor stating why the individual would be an ideal recipient of the Aaron S. White Educational Grant.

Step 2: Applications will be reviewed once the application period has closed. Incomplete applications will be rejected.  Upon approval and awarding of an educational grant, notification will be sent via email to all applicants. Previous grant recipients will not be considered.


Questions should be directed to CCI headquarters by phone at 919-861-4539 or via email at grant@cci-online.org.


CCI’s Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors established the Aaron S. White Educational Grant in honor of the overwhelming dedication and passion of former CCI Board Member, Aaron S. White.  Aaron was born in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995.  During his tenure at CCI, he, along with the CCI Board, reached a number of milestones including finalizing the conversion to a computer-based testing format, developing four new credentialing programs, attaining ANSI/ISO accreditation for all of CCI’s credentialing programs, and overseeing an increase in staff. In November 2014, after eleven years of service as Executive Director of Cardiovascular Credentialing International, Aaron left CCI to pursue other career goals.


CCI is a 501(c)(6) independent not-for-profit corporation established for the purpose of administering credentialing examinations as an independent credentialing agency. CCI began credentialing cardiovascular professionals in 1968.