The cost of tuition at SIU School of Medicine remains one of the most affordable among public universities. The American Medical Association published these facts in 2012 about medical student debt:
Scholarships not only reward merit and hard work, they also make it possible for some of our students to attend medical school. By helping bright and deserving students, donors to scholarship funds are helping future physicians who will mend and heal the citizens of our nation and the world.
Donors may contribute to scholarship funds already established or may create a scholarship fund in honor of family, inspiring mentors, or as a personal commitment to the education of future doctors. Contact the SIU Foundation to learn how to establish a scholarship fund at SIU School of Medicine.
The Student Resource Fund (SRF) was established by alumni in 1997 for the specific purpose of enhancing the student experience at SIU SOM by funding educational and social needs that cannot be met through other fund sources. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit requests for funding in January. The Alumni Society Board of Governors subcommittee reviews all proposals. The Alumni Society Board of Governors makes final decisions at their spring meeting. Projects must benefit a large number of students and must meet an immediate and demonstrable student need. Over the past 10 years, generous alumni have funded teaching materials including anatomical models, suture supplies and skills clinic equipment, a EBSCO Medline subscription, and MKSAP books for Internal Medicine clerkships. Gifts to the SRF were used to remodel the student lounges in Carbondale and Springfield, and it supports the students’ Winter Ball, and a group health club membership for Springfield-based students.
The Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP), founded in 1972, is a department of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. MEDPREP assists educationally and economically disadvantaged students to prepare for and achieve success in health professions schools. It is open to college juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureate students. About 72 students participate in the program annually.
MEDPREP’s home is in Wheeler Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Nearly 1,500 students have participated in MEDPREP. Alumni around the nation attest to the program’s success.
Because many MEDPREP students have already earned bachelor’s degrees, they are not eligible for most financial aid programs. You can help by making a contribution to SIU Foundation’s MEDPREP fund.