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.
The Scholarship Program is now OPEN for submissions.
In collaboration with Parkland College, the Christie Foundation will award 20 Health Professions scholarships for the 2018 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 application is March 31, 2018.
Christie Foundation Scholarship Application Requirements
- Complete and submit the application form below
- Complete three reference forms (link below). These must be submitted by the reference electronically
- Evidence of college enrollment plans/acceptance letter (new applicants and those changing schools, or programs only)
- Official transcript of your most recent academic experience
- Evidence of your ACT/SAT score (high school seniors only)
- Deadline for submission is March 31.
We recommend using a PC computer with Internet Explorer, or Firefox for application submission. We do not recommend using Chrome for application submission. Please make sure you see a "thank you for submitting" page within 24 hours of submitting. If not, you may have forgotten a field and will need to submit again after completing. If you continue having problems, please contact Jenna Koss at 217/366-1397.
Scholarship decisions will be made at the end of April and awarded at an event in May.
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.