PASS Program Scholarship Guidelines

The purpose of the PASS Program Scholarship is to provide tuition assistance for minority, economically disadvantaged, or at-risk medical students who wish to attend our live, USMLE/COMLEX review program in Champaign, IL.

Recipients will receive a credit in the amount of tuition for an 8-week live lecture program (value of $5900.00).  Student is responsible for housing, either in the PASS Program off-site facilities or at another location of their choice, and travel. Tutoring is included in the cost of the program, but students may purchase additional tutoring at their own cost if they wish.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be completed in their entirety approximately 30 days prior to the start of the program you wish to attend. No off-cycle application will be accepted for scholarship purposes. Two scholarships will be granted for each scheduled course start date.


                                     PROGRAM DATES – 2018                   DEADLINE TO APPLY                    AWARDED BY

JANUARY 7, 2019                            DECEMBER 8, 2018                        DECEMBER 14, 2018

FEBRUARY 18, 2019                       JANUARY 19, 2019                           JANUARY 25, 2019

APRIL 1, 2019                                  MARCH 2, 2019                              MARCH 8, 2019

MAY 13, 2019                                      APRIL 13, 2019                            APRIL 19, 2019

JUNE 24, 2019                                  MAY 25, 2019                                    MAY 31, 2019

AUGUST 5, 2019                            JULY 6, 2019                                    JULY 12, 2019

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019                         AUGUST 17, 2019                             AUGUST 23, 2019

OCTOBER 21, 2019                             SEPTEMBER 21, 2019                      SEPTEMBER 27, 2019



Eligible Applicants

You are eligible to apply for this scholarship if you are:

1)    From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. (Taken from HRSA) See 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines here.


2)    From traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical profession include African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino.

You also must be:

•    Current first-year through graduate medical student in good academic standing.
•    A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia.

Application Instructions

1. Complete Scholarship Application Here

2. Academic Letter of Recommendation (Must be from an instructor in Medical School). Form can be completed online Here.  If the form cannot be completed, a Letter of Recommendation can be sent to

3. Personal Letter of Recommendation. Form can be completed online Here.  If the form cannot be completed, a Letter of Recommendation can be sent to

4. Attach the following and email to

  • Proof of Financial Need-One of the following

    • Two years previous years Federal Tax Returns

    • Statement from IRS that you were not required to file

    • Letter of Financial Need from Financial AID office of your current medical school

    • Copy of FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC)

  • Copy of Proof of US Citizenship/Residency

    • Driver’s License issued in the U.S.

    • Birth Certificate, issued by a U.S. State or by the U.S. Department of State

    • U.S. Passport, issued by the U.S. Department of State;

    • Certificate of Citizenship

    • Naturalization Certificate

If you have any questions, please email us at


*Please note: Previous PASS Scholarship recipients are ineligible. Applicants who are not accepted are eligible to apply once every 6 months*

*If you are a recipient of a PASS Scholarship, housing will be at The Village’s offsite apartments*