Each year, the Christie Foundation awards over $125,000 to students pursuing degrees in the medical field through their Health Education Scholarship program. From pharmacology to nursing to nutrition to surgery and many other medical fields, scholarship awards help create tomorrow’s medical professionals.
Christie Foundation Scholarship Application Requirements
- Complete and submit an application form.
- With the form, you will be asked to upload a transcript of your most recent academic experience, evidence of college enrollment/acceptance letter, and evidence of your ACT/SAT score (high school seniors only).
- You may also submit a letter of recommendation for this program or another program that was written within the last six months.
- Online applications closed March 31, 2019. Check back for 2020 applications early next year.
Scholarship decisions will be made at the end of April and awarded at an event in May.
In collaboration with Parkland College, the Christie Foundation will award 20 Health Professions scholarships for the 2019 fall semester. Students must be full-time in a health profession degree program, a resident of District 505, have a GPA of 3.0 (ACT/SAT requirement for incoming freshman), and demonstrate work and/or volunteer experience in health professions. Applications are available in the Financial Aid office at Parkland College or by accessing the website. The deadline for applications will be March 31, 2019.
How the Scholarship Program Began
It was through a generous gift from the estate of Cecilia W. Rapp in 1996 that led to the formation of Christie Foundation’s scholarship program. Ms. Rapp’s gift, which was given in honor of her son Richard, a Christie Clinic pharmacist, included a farm in Champaign County (which the Foundation continues to operate) and other assets.
How It Continues Today
Today, Ms. Rapp’s legacy gift provides scholarships to students from Christie Clinic’s service area who are pursuing careers in a variety of medical fields.
Income from the Rapp Fund is coupled with gifts from other Foundation donors – including community members, area medical personnel, and former scholarship recipients – to support the studies of over 12 dozen students every year.
Scholarship applications are available each January. Funds are awarded to selected students in May for use the following academic year. Read about some of the Christie Foundation Health Education Scholarship students here.
In 2010 the Christie Foundation partnered with the University of Illinois Foundation to provide an annual fellowship to graduate level students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Recipients are selected by the Dean of the College of Medicine in cooperation with the Christie Foundation and Clinic physicians. The first recipients were Jennifer Croix, who was in the University’s Medical Scholar’s Program and pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, and Tracy Flood who was a medical student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.