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The Frank Yip Scholarship Fund

The Frank Yip Scholarship Fund was established by the CMIA Board of Directors in 1998. It was created to honor the memory of Franklin Yip after his untimely passing.

CMIA officers and members worked diligently to create and refine the policies governing applicant eligibility and criteria for choosing award recipients. The Fund was endowed by donations from individuals, vendors and Chapter fundraisers. The first award presentation from the Fund was made in January 2002 at the Awards Ceremony and Banquet.

Dedicated to the Memory of Franklin Yip

Frank was the owner of FYE Medical, a Medical Equipment distributor located in Brisbane, CA near San Francisco. FYE supplied a diverse line of products to hospitals and healthcare facilities. From patient care equipment to repair parts and biomedical test equipment, if Frank and his staff didn’t carry it, they would find it for you.

Although Frank lived in the Bay Area, he was active in the biomedical community throughout California.  His involvement with BioMed started in the 1970’s, long before the incorporation of the CMIA in 1992.  He participated in the formation of the Bay Area Chapter and served on the Board of Directors.  While traveling throughout the state, Frank provided his own unique communication network.  His visits to BioMed shops often included food and always included lively conversation.  If you were challenged by a repair or needed a new policy or procedure, Frank knew someone you could call.  He was also a resource for employment opportunities whether you needed a job or had an opening in your shop.

Those who knew Frank will remember a man who was always willing to give his opinion.  He didn’t insist that you agreed with him, but you were never in doubt about how he felt.  You also got the benefit of Frank’s advice.  It often included encouragement to improve your skills and your leadership abilities.  Frank valued education and encouraged people to get training and keep pace with changing technology. 

Number of Scholarships

At least one (1) scholarship will be awarded per year, when funds permit, (as determined by the committee.) The number of scholarships is not fixed, but can be adjusted by the CMIA Board of Directors annually.


Award(s) will be presented at the annual CMIA State Banquet.


Applications must be received by November 25.

Award Amount

The normal award will be $500.00. However, the CMIA Board of Directors will set the amount annually.


A High School or College GPA of 3.0, or those currently in the field, U.S. Citizenship and a member of the CMIA.


Ensure that the life and contributions of Frank Yip to the betterment of the biomedical community is not forgotten. To encourage young talented persons to pursue, or further a career in the biomedical field and to give service to the medical community, within the state of California.


A Committee consisting of the 4 members of the CMIA Board of Directors will administer the fund. Awards will be based upon a combined scholarship and need basis. The intention of the Fund is to be especially valuable to those students showing academic promise in the biomed field and the need for financial assistance to pursue study in this field.


The CMIA at the chapter and Board levels will solicit donations from Corporations, CMIA members, and other interested parties. The Board and Individual chapters will be encouraged to conduct biomedical seminars and contribute a percentage of the funds collected at the seminars and use the FRANK YIP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND as part of and in promoting the Seminars or other Contribution Programs. Chapters will also be encouraged to make an annual contribution to the FUND. The FUND will not be allowed to drop below $500.00 at any time. If the scholarship award will reduce the FUND to below $500.00, the CMIA Board of Directors shall decide how to supplement the FUND, or to not award a scholarship that year.

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