Medical School Grant Program
The goal of the Memorial Network Medical Student Grant Program is to increase the number of physicians practicing in St. Clair County, Illinois. The program targets students pursuing a medical degree in primary care, orthopedics, and cardiology.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, a student must be accepted or enrolled in good standing in an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. Students waiting for confirmation of acceptance to medical school also may apply. Only students pursuing one of the designated specialties are eligible for grant funds.
Grants for tuition, fees, and living expenses are available to a limited number of eligible medical students. Grant recipients repay the awards by practicing medicine in the Belleville, Illinois, area or a mutually agreed upon place within the Memorial Network's extended service area.
Grant Application Process
Grant applications may be downloaded here or are available in the Medical Director’s Office at Memorial Hospital Belleville. Memorial Hospital Belleville’s Medical Director, along with a designated committee, will interview applicants as part of the selection process. Announcement of the grant recipients is scheduled for October. Grant monies may be used toward tuition, fees, and living expenses in the amount of $1,000 a month for the first 12 months. In successive years, grant amounts can be increased incrementally not to exceed $1,500 per month in the fourth year. Grant awards are paid directly to the student.
Grant recipients will enter into a contract with Memorial Hospital Belleville to meet conditions of the grant. Failure to meet the terms of the contract will require the recipient to reimburse Memorial Hospital Belleville the total amount of the grant over the same time period that financial assistance was provided.
Within 30 days after completing residency training, the grant recipient agrees to establish an office-based practice in St. Clair County, Illinois. Fellowships in a primary care field, generally one year in length after residency, are allowable with prior approval from Memorial Hospital Belleville. Time spent in residency or fellowship does not count toward the service obligation. The recipient must practice on a full-time basis, one year for each year grant funds were received. Physicians will be in private practice and not employees of Memorial Hospital Belleville. For evaluation and approval of practice locations, a grant recipient must contact Memorial Hospital Belleville prior to entering into a formal agreement with an individual or facility. Practice locations will be approved up to 18 months prior to initiating the service repayment.
Practice Location Details
If an applicant desires to practice in a particular city or county outside of St. Clair County, serious consideration should be given to the importance of this preference before applying for this grant. Selecting a suitable practice location to fulfill an obligation is the responsibility of the grant recipient. Memorial Hospital Belleville staff will provide support for a list of area opportunities to the recipient. Included on the list will be the names of local health professionals or other individuals who may be able to answer questions regarding specific areas.