Applying for a Nurse Practitioner Scholarship?


RimsapinsideThe Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program offered by Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is good for students and farming. How so? It helps out nurses and it helps out rural healthcare. It's a win-win all around!

Twenty percent of the U.S. population live in rural areas, but only nine percent of physicians practice there. The Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program (RNPSP), now in its twenty-second year, supports nurses who want to become nurse practitioners and serve in rural communities.

There are five scholarships of $4,000 granted each year to nurse practitioner students who agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois State Medical Society.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program.

This scholarship has helped many qualified applicants hurdle financial needs or borderline academic barriers to receive a medical education. In all, more than 55 students have benefited from loans and reccomendations to the University of Illinois.

The application deadline of May 1 is just around the corner! Applications are available at county Farm Bureaus, on the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program website at, or by contacting the Special Services Department.  Illinois Farm Bureau, PO Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. 


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Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program

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