Foundation Awards


 The ASCT formed the ASCT Foundation in 1998 to support the educational goals of our membership, and to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to field of cytotechnology and the ASCT. Made possible by tax-deductible donations, the Foundation has been proud to fund awards such as the Marion and Nelson Holmquist Cytotechnologist Achievement Award, the Allen Achievement in Writing Award, and the Warren R. Lang Memorial Student Presentation Awards.

The ASCT Foundation continually strives to honor the ASCT founders, and the passion and dedication they demonstrated as they formed our organization, by pursuing the continual growth of the ASCT Foundation for the support of our profession.

Holmquist Cytotechnologist Achievement Award Recipients

2023 - Eileen Ludlow
2022 - Michele Smith
2021 - Hector Garcia
2019 - Changhong Ye
2018 - Victoria Lingua
2017 - Jorge Franco
2016 - Don Schnitzler
2015 - Fern Miller
2014 - Joan Rossi
2013 - Mary Ann Friedlander
2012 - John Shalkham
2011 - Sandra Giroux
2010 - Janie Roberson

Warren R. Lang Student Awards

Arguably, the most anticipated awards presented by the ASCT are for the student case presentations given every year at our Annual Conference. Originally presented to a single graduate of an accredited School of Cytotechnology, the Warren R. Lang Award was established in 1989 by the ASCT Executive Council in memory of Dr. Warren R. Lang.

Dr. Lang was professor of Cytotechnology and Medical Director of the School of Cytotechnology in the College of Allied Health Sciences of the Thomas Jefferson University in the 1970’s, and was later promoted to Chair of the Department of Pathology in 1983. He was a relentless advocate for cytotechnologists, cytology students, and pathology residents and enjoyed teaching immensely. Dr. Lang was supportive of the formation of the ASCT and believed it was a Cytotechnologists’ right, if not their responsibility, to have a strong influence in their profession.

Currently, students who give case presentations at the Annual Conference are eligible for this award. The first place winner of this award receives $150 and a one year membership to the ASCT. The second and third place winners receive $100 and $50, respectively.

To learn more and see the winners, visit the Student Forum web page.

President’s Award

The President’s Award, originally called the Presidential Prerogative Award, was established in 1991 and is presented to an outstanding member of the ASCT by our president in recognition of outstanding service during his or her term. The Recipient of this award is presented a commemorative plaque.

2023 -Donna Russell

2022 - Michele Smith
2021 - Jenna LeBlanc
2019 - Jodie Woodside
2018 - Eliza Enstine & Michele Smith
2017 - Catherine Smith
2016 - Michele Smith
2015 - Vivian Pijuan Thompson
2014 - Joan Rossi
2013 - Joan Rossi
2012 - Lynnette Savaloja
2011 - Eliza Enstine and Karen Chau
2010 - Sandy Giroux

Allen Achievement in Writing Award

The newest Award that is granted by the ASCT Foundation is the Allen Achievement in Writing Award. This award is named after Karen Allen, who was the 2002-2003 President of the ASCT and served as the editor of the ASCT NEWS from 1996 to 2004. She established this award in 2004 to acknowledge and encourage individuals for excellence in writing. All articles with a byline published in ASCT Voice are eligible for the annual award with no application necessary. Selection by a panel will be made based on the quality of writing and the subject matter. Winners of this award receive $100 and a commemorative plaque.

Allen Achievement in Writing Award Recipients

2023 - Nermin Messiha
2022 - Eliza Enstine
2018 - Sallie McAdoo
2017 - Michele Smith
2016 - CAP Foundation
2015 - Mary Ann Friedlander
2014 - Connie Erdmann
2013 - Matt Riding
2012 - Tim Feit
2011 - Carol Colasacco
2010 - Katherine Mycek

Rookie of the Year Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Giana Braca, 2023 recipient!

The Rookie of the Year Scholarship was founded in 2018 by active ASCT member and cytotechnologist, Victoria Lingua. Victoria has been a cytotechnologist and tremendous advocate for the field for many years. She is passionate about cytotechnology, education and participation in the ASCT. In 2019, a generous contribution from the Vermont/New Hampshire Cytotechnology Association served to ensure that this scholarship will provide funding for rookies to attend the conference for years to come.

The “Rookie of the Year” scholarship winner will receive $900 to use towards expenses for the Annual Conference.

Rookie of the Year Recipients

2023 - Giana Braca
2022 - Shea Murphy
2021 - Roberto Zambrano

2024 Rookie of the Year Scholarship Application
If you are interested in applying for the 2024 scholarship, please reference the application and required scholarship information below so you are prepared to apply next year!  The 2024 scholarship will be presented at the Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, May 17-18!