Donate to, or apply for, MEDPREP student scholarships
The MEDPREP Scholarship Endowment
The goal of MEDPREP is to help aspiring students become health professionals. Many MEDPREP students have great financial need, and scholarships make a real difference in helping our students focus on academics and attain their goals.
To better provide financial support for our students, we have a "million dollar vision": a MEDPREP endowment capable of providing sizable scholarship support for deserving students. Our current focus is to complete the endowment of two named scholarships, the Shirley McGlinn Scholarship, and the Tamara O'Neal Memorial Scholarship, at $25,000 each. Thanks to recent contributions, we are very close to reaching this goal.
Gifts to the MEDPREP endowment, through these or other scholarships, ensure that your contribution will pay dividends for years to come. All donations make a real difference! If you would like to provide a lasting gift of any size, please click on the DONATE button, or contribute by mail at the address below.
Applying for Scholarships
Program scholarships are awarded to MEDPREP students on the basis of academic scholarship, community service and/or financial need. These scholarships are available on a competitive basis for currently enrolled MEDPREP students who have completed their first year of the program and are in good academic standing. Scholarship applications are available in the fall through the MEDPREP office and are awarded in the spring. Awarded scholarships are disbursed through the SIUC Foundation into the student's bursar account.
Scholarship awards are made by the MEDPREP Scholarship Selection Committee, pending availability of funds. The exact type and number of scholarships awarded to MEDPREP students may change from year to year. Applicants must be current SIUC students enrolled in MEDPREP; MEDPREP students may also apply for other SIUC scholarships. Students should apply for MEDPREP and university scholarships in the fall via Academic Works.
MEDPREP Scholarship Opportunities
John S. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund: These endowed scholarships, which are contributed by the Lewis family, commemorate the life and work of Dr. John S. Lewis, a Carbondale physician who helped found Doctor's Hospital, now Memorial Hospital, in Carbondale after World War II. Award amount: $1,000.
Harold R. and Lana G. Bardo Endowed Scholarship: Dr. Bardo served as director of MEDPREP for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2014, and Dr. and Mrs. Bardo continue to support MEDPREP students via these endowed scholarship awards. Award amount: $1,000.
W.G. Robinson-McNeese, M.D. Scholarship Fund: Dr. McNeese is a MEDPREP alumnus who continues to support the advancement of MEDPREP students through the McNeese Scholarship Fund. Dr. McNeese is trained in emergency medicine and most recently served as the SIU system Director of Diversity Initiatives.
Shirley J. McGlinn Scholarship Fund: Mrs. Shirley McGlinn was a long-time biology instructor for MEDPREP until her passing in 2012. Her family and the MEDPREP community honor her love for MEDPREP and deep commitment to the success of MEDPREP students through these scholarships. Please read more about Shirley's contributions and MEDPREP's goal to endow this scholarship HERE.
Dr. Tamara O'Neal, M.D., Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship celebrates the life of Dr. Tamara O'Neal, MEDPREP Class of 2009, an emergency room physician who we lost to gun violence in 2019. Please read more about Dr. O'Neal, and the drive to endow this scholarship HERE. Award amount: $1,000.
MEDPREP Faculty and Staff Scholarship Fund: Several scholarships are awarded annually thanks to annual contributions from current and former MEDPREP faculty and staff. Award amount: $ 1,000.
MEDPREP Founder's Endowment: MEDPREP has recently started a growing scholarship fund. At present, it can fund one to two 1,000 scholarships annually; our goal is to greatly increase capacity in the coming years.
We welcome contributions to MEDPREP scholarships. Secure online contributions may be made via the SIUSOM Foundation below, or via mail.
- Click here to contribute to MEDPREP Endowed Scholarship Drives.
- Visit School of Medicine Foundation Giving Page. Use the "Gift To Additional Program" box, and specify MEDPREP and the fund to which you wish to contribute.
- To give via mail, checks should be made out to SIU Foundation. Donors wishing to contribute to a specific scholarship my indicate this on the check memo line, or include a note with their donation. Checks can be sent to the MEDPREP office: