About the Provident Scholarship Fund

The Provident Scholarship fund draws from Provident Hospital’s rich history, dating back to founder Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, to uplift and support diversity in healthcare. The fund is supported by Cook County Health, Cook County Offices Under the President and its Project Rainbow Initiative, which was designed to address education barriers.

The Provident Scholarship Fund has three scholarship opportunities:

The Health Professionals Scholarship provides scholarships to medical and dental students.  The Health Professionals Scholarship will support awardees who demonstrate a commitment to serve the healthcare needs of underrepresented communities in Cook County.

The Allied Health & Undergraduate Scholarship is partnered with support from the Cook County Health Foundation. This scholarship provides awards to Allied Health and undergraduate students in select programs. The Allied Health & Undergraduate Scholarship will support awardees who demonstrate a commitment to serving the healthcare needs of the underrepresented communities in Cook County.

The High School Scholarship, administered by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), will support diversity in the future healthcare workforce by providing scholarships to high school seniors at CPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools who are entering post-secondary education in various healthcare disciplines. This scholarship is administered internally by CPS. For more information, click here).

Health Professionals ScholarshipAllied Health Undergraduate Scholarship
Award Amounts$20,000 per scholar$10,000 per scholar
Qualifying Academic Programs1st and 2nd Year
• Medical Students MD and DO
• Dental Students DDS and DMD
Dentistry Programs (Dental Assistant & Dental Hygienist)
• Respiratory Therapy
• Radiology Technologist
• Nursing (LPN & RN)
Eligibility• Permanent resident of Cook County (Home address must be in Cook County, cannot use school housing address as proof of residency)
• U.S. citizen, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter or Permanent Resident
• Current student or enrolled in a qualifying academic program at an accredited academic institution in Illinois
• Financial need demonstrated through FAFSA; Expected Family Contribution (EFC) cannot exceed $2500
• GPA of 2.7 or greater OR in good academic standing where GPA is not applicable

Application PeriodOpens: Tuesday April 26, 2022; Closes: Thursday May 26, 2022 at 11:59PM
Application ProcessApply via CCH website or use link below. Required documents for application include:
• I-9 Document(s) for proof of citizenship/residency status
• State ID to show proof of Cook County Residency
• CV/Resume
• Current academic
• Registration or acceptance letter into one of qualifying academic programs at an accredited academic institution in Illinois
• Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA
• Two letters of recommendation (one from a school administrator, dean, department chair or faculty member, and another from community)
• Personal Statement (400 min-800 max) responding to required prompts below:

1. Your personal and professional motivation
2. Your career goals
3. Your understanding of and commitment to serve in medically underserved communities
4. Current efforts or future plans to eliminate inequities in health education or healthcare
Frequently Asked QuestionsHealth Professionals Scholarship FAQs Click here.Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship FAQs Click here.