Established in 2010, The Chicago Community Trust has partnered with National Medical Fellowships (NMF) to create the Dr. David Monash/Harry Lloyd and Elizabeth Pawlette Marshall Medical Student Scholarship Program in Chicago, Illinois. This service-learning program is designed to increase the number of qualified medical providers who have a commitment to improving access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities in Chicago. The program provides two scholarship options for 10 scholars in total. The program’s goal is to address the 2040 Go To Plan to help increase the number of culturally competent physician leaders in Chicago.

Service Scholarships are available to six (6) second through fourth year medical students who each receive $5,000 for conducting a community health project at their site of choice.

Residency Scholarships are available to four (4) fourth year medical students who have completed medical school, matched as clinical residents in the Chicago area, and exhibit commitment to underserved populations in Chicago. Each awardee receives $25,000, 80% of which must be used to decrease medical school debt. Documentation of the use of funds is required.

Program Eligibility

Service Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Chicago medical school
  • Must have completed first year of medical school
  • Identification as an underrepresented minority student* in healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities in Chicago

Residency Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Proof of graduation from a Chicago Medical School
  • Proof of residency match in a Chicago clinical residency program in Primary Care, Community/Family Medicine, or a related field.
  • Identification as an underrepresented minority student* in healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities in Chicago

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

Program Requirements

Scholars complete their program requirements during June to October 2016. Program requirements include:

  • Program Orientation
  • Written Report on Community Health
  • Oral PowerPoint Presentation on Community Health
  • Monash/Scott Program Colloquium
  • Evaluation

About The Chicago Community Trust

The mission of The Chicago Community Trust is to improve the lives of the people in metropolitan Chicago. We believe that the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Leading by example we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the nonprofit sector.

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