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 Urbana, IL.
Recipients will receive a credit in the amount of tuition for an 8-week live lecture program (value of $4999.00). Student is responsible for housing costs, either in the PASS Program off-site facilities or at another location of their choice, and travel costs. Tutoring is included in the scholarship award, 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.
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 which includes African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino.
YOU ALSO MUST BE:
a) Current first-year through graduate medical student in good academic standing.
b) 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.
1. Complete Scholarship Application Here
2. Submit Academic Letter of Recommendation. The letter can be from your Dean, an instructor, or from a rotation/residency director. The focus of this letter should be on your medical knowledge, how you have applied that knowledge, your participation in any extracurricular activities, and their recommendation as to why you deserve the scholarship. An online submission form can be completed Here. If the form cannot be completed, a Letter of Recommendation can be emailed to [email protected] If multiple letters are received, the letter that is graded the highest on our rubric will be used in determining your final application score.
3. Submit Personal Letter of Recommendation. This letter can be from anyone and should speak to your strengths, why they believe you will be an exceptional doctor, your participation in any extracurricular activities they have observed, and their recommendation as to why you deserve the scholarship. An online submission form can be completed Here. If the form cannot be completed, a Letter of Recommendation can be emailed to [email protected] If multiple letters are received, the letter that is graded the highest on our rubric will be used in determining your final application score.
4. Attach one the following items and email to [email protected]:
Copy of Proof of US Citizenship/Residency:
a) Driver’s License issued in the U.S.
b) Birth Certificate, issued by a U.S. State or by the U.S. Department of State
c) U.S. Passport, issued by the U.S. Department of State;
d) Certificate of Citizenship
e) Naturalization Certificate
After the application deadline has passed, each submitted application will be reviewed to ensure all components have been received. Failure to submit any of the required documentation will result in the scholarship application being rejected. The scholarship committee will review all submitted documentation, use a scoring rubric to assess each application on its merits, and award the scholarship to the two individuals who have the highest average score.
*PLEASE NOTE: PREVIOUS PASS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE INELIGIBLE. APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT ACCEPTED ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY ONCE EVERY 6 MONTHS*