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RIMSAP sidebarThe Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program offered by Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) does double duty. How so? It helps out nurses and it helps out rural healthcare. It's a win-win for everyone!

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 will be five scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this 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.

According to Mariah Dale-Anderson, who heads up the program for IFB, "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."

Applications are available at county Farm Bureaus® throughout the state, on the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program website at RIMSAP.com, or by writing Mariah Dale-Anderson, Special Services Manager, Illinois Farm Bureau, PO Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. 

Applications are due May 1.

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