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 are creating tomorrow’s medical professionals.
2013 Christie Foundation Scholarship applications period is now closed.
Click here for a list of the 2012-2013 Christie Foundation Health Education scholarship recipients.
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 is in the University’s Medical Scholar’s Program and is pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, and Tracy Flood. Tracy Flood is a fourth year medical student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, slated to obtain her MD/PhD in May 2011.