The goal of the Medical Student Scholarship Program is to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in areas of Illinois that have an insufficient number of physicians in the specialties of family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. Scholarships for tuition, mandatory fees and living expenses are available to a limited number of eligible medical students. Scholarship recipients repay the awards by completing graduate training in one of the primary care specialties and by practicing in areas of Illinois determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health to be physician shortage areas.
To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be an Illinois resident, accepted for or enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic medical school located in Illinois. Students waiting for confirmation of acceptance to medical school may apply. An applicant must demonstrate financial need. The medical school will be asked to attest to the applicant’s good academic standing and financial need. Only students who will pursue one, or a combination of the primary care specialties of family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology will be eligible for scholarship funds.
Selection preference will be given to applicants who meet the above criteria and who demonstrate 1) a commitment to primary health care, 2) financial need, and 3) prior experience with populations whose health care needs are underserved. When all factors are equal, preference is given to applicants who have resided in Illinois for the longer period of time.
Center for Rural Health, 535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761