Institutional Scholarships

UICOM’s Committee on Student Scholarships and Awards (CCSAS) offers a limited number of institutional scholarships at the time of admission. All scholarships are funded by the generosity of alumni and other donors who strongly support medical education. No separate application is required and all admitted students are considered for these awards.

If a student is selected for an institutional scholarship, they must be enrolled as a UICOM student and must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Only those selected at the time of admission are eligible; no other financial aid application is necessary. In order to qualify, scholarship recipients must also meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enroll for at least 6 credit hours each semester
  • Must meet the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress* each semester

* Scroll down to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) section under The Aid Process

Please note that any change from your initial In-state or Out-of-state residency status could affect your eligibility for the award.

The Research Scholarship is offered to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in research as evidenced by participating in research that has led to dissemination (presentation, poster, abstract, manuscript) of new knowledge. Preference is given to the student with longitudinal engagement and a high level of involvement (primary presenter, first author, etc.).

The Research Scholarship is awarded to 5 In-State candidates at an amount of $15,000/year (8 semesters total) and to 5 Out-of-State candidates in an amount equivalent to the difference between In-State and Out-of-State base tuition (11 semesters total).

The Social Engagement Scholarship is offered to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in community and social engagement as evidenced by a high level of commitment to volunteer work or other community engagement. Preference is given to involvement in areas of interest to the UICOM (promotion of health equity, promotion of pipeline programs to careers in medicine, advancing social justice endeavors, addressing diversity and inclusion).

The Research Scholarship is awarded to 5 In-State candidates at an amount of $15,000/year (8 semesters total) and to 5 Out-of-State candidates in an amount equivalent to the difference between In-State and Out-of-State base tuition (11 semesters total).

The College of Medicine Scholarship is offered to candidates who optimally embody the characteristics of a UICOM student. The ideal candidates will have demonstrated tenacity, perseverance, mettle, and resolution.

The College of Medicine Scholarship is awarded to 5 In-State candidates at an amount of $15,000/year (8 semesters total) and to 10 Out-of-State candidates in an amount equivalent to the difference between In-State and Out-of-State base tuition (11 semesters total).

The Raymond Nester Sweeney, MD ’68 Academic Scholarship is offered to candidates who exhibit excellence in scholastic achievement as demonstrated by high academic performance in undergraduate/graduate work, high performance on the MCAT, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of science and medicine. The recipients must remain in good professional and academic standing within UICOM.

Students admitted as of Fall 2020

The Sweeney Scholarship is awarded to one In-State and one Out-of-State candidate in an amount covering the full base tuition for four years (11 semesters total).

*Full Tuition Scholarship is defined as covering the tuition and applicable out-of-state differential.  It does not cover fees, housing, food, or transportation costs.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2020

Illinois Residents

Up to 5 of the top admitted Illinois Resident students are offered $25,000/ year for the first two years (4 semesters total) of medical studies at UICOM. Once the student takes the Step 1 Board Exam at the end of their second year, should they score at least one standard deviation above the national average, the scholarship will be renewed at $25,000/ year for two more years (4 semesters total).

Non-Illinois Residents

Up to 5 of the top admitted Non-Illinois Resident students are offered an award that covers the difference between In-State and Out-of-State base tuition for four years (11 semesters total) of medical studies at UICOM. Once the student takes the Step 1 Board Exam at the end of their second year, should they score at least one standard deviation above the national average, they will receive an additional $10,000/year for each of the remaining two years of medical school ($20,000 total).

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to one exceptional Illinois resident who has demonstrated academic excellence and

  • has contributed significantly to scientific advancement,
  • has contributed significantly to community and social engagement, and
  • ideal candidates will have demonstrated tenacity, perseverance, mettle, and resolution

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to one In-State candidate in an amount covering the full base tuition for four years (11 semesters total).

*Full Tuition Scholarship is defined as covering the base tuition. It does not cover fees, housing, food, or transportation costs.

The UI COM-unity Scholarship is offered to In-State and Out-of-State candidates who embody the spirit of the University of Illinois College of Medicine community (“UI COM-unity”) with special attention to our mission, values, and devotion to the elimination of health disparities. The award amount is either $7,500/year or $15,000/year for four years (8 semesters total) depending on the candidate’s level of demonstrated commitment to UICOM’s mission, values, and determination to eliminate health disparities.