Health Education Scholarships

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 closed for submissions.

Parkland Students
In collaboration with Parkland College, the Christie Foundation will award 20 Health Professions scholarships for the 2017 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 30, 2018.

Christie Foundation Scholarship Application Requirements - Opening January 30, 2018

  • 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 Eligibility

Scholarship decisions will be made at the end of April and awarded at an event in May.

Click here for a list of the 2017-18 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.

UIUC Fellowships

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.

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