Medical Student Scholarship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
is the application period?
are accepted beginning March 1 and
must be postmarked on or before May 15.
I obtain an application?
Applications can be
downloaded from this site. You may
call to request an application to be mailed or e-mailed.
If applications are not available for the coming year, you may call
us to be placed on the mailing list.
What can I expect after the Center for Rural Health receives my
You will be notified by mail in early
August if you are selected or denied. If you are selected, contracts will
be included with your notification letter.
Who is eligible for the Medical Student Scholarship Program?
Illinois residents accepted for or enrolled
in an allopathic or osteopathic medical school in Illinois.
are the payments disbursed and when can I expect payments if I am
The scholarship funds are paid directly to
your school's financial aid office. The school will disburse the living stipend
I received the scholarship last year, what do I need to do this
year to continue receiving the scholarship?
If you are a previous recipient, in
good academic standing, you will be sent renewal contracts in June.
I am a recipient, what is my obligation?
As a recipient of the scholarship, you are
required to work as a primary care physician in an office-based
practice in an area within
Illinois having a shortage of
primary care providers
for the same number of years you receive the scholarship.
if I complete my education, but do not fulfill my obligation?
If you fail to meet your obligation, you
are required to reimburse the state three times the total amount of the
scholarship grant received for each unfulfilled year of the obligation.
do I need to do when I move, change phone numbers or have a change in my
submit your changes in writing to the Center for Rural Health within seven
days of any change of contact information.
can I expect once I complete my obligation?
Once you have documented that you have fulfilled your obligation, you will
receive a letter from the Illinois Department of Public Health stating your
obligation has been completed.