Center for Rural Health

Podiatric Scholarship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application period?
Applications are accepted beginning March 1 and must be postmarked on or before June 30.

How do 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 application?
You will be notified of an interview time in August.

Who is eligible for the Podiatric Scholarship Program?
Illinois residents accepted for or enrolled in a medical school in Illinois that is accredited in podiatry. 

How are the payments disbursed and when can I expect payments if I am selected?
Scholarship funds are distributed to the school's financial aid office.  The school will disburse the living stipend to you.

I received the scholarship last year, what do I need to do this year to continue receiving the scholarship?
If you are are a previous recipient in good academic standing, you will be sent renewal contracts in June. 

If I am a recipient, what is my obligation?
As a recipient of the scholarship, you are required to work as a podiatric physician in an area within  Illinois having a shortage area designation for the same number of years you receive the scholarship.

What 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.

What do I need to do when I move, change phone numbers or have a change in my contact information?
You must submit your changes in writing to the Center for Rural Health within seven days of any change of contact information. 

What 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.


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