The application period for the 2024 Provident Scholarship Fund is now open! The scholarship program supports students pursuing health care careers who are from, and committed to caring for, underserved communities.

Cook County government and Cook County Health have allocated $1 million to fund up to 60 scholarships this year. The scholarship program is administered by the Cook County Health Foundation.

The Provident Scholarship Fund offers $20,000 scholarships to health professional students, including those in medical, dental, physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs and $10,000 scholarships to undergraduate and allied health students, including those nursing, surgical and radiology technology, respiratory therapy, and paramedic programs. 

Applications can be submitted through Friday, May 10, 2024.

More information about the Provident Scholarship Fund, including criteria and application information can be found at

The scholarship program is named after Cook County Health’s Provident Hospital. Provident Hospital was founded in 1891 by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. It was the first hospital in the U.S. that was owned and operated by African Americans, and proudly served patients of all races.