TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER g: GRANTS TO DENTAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
PART 597 NURSING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
SECTION 597.220 SELECTION CRITERIA FOR AWARD OF SCHOLARSHIPS


 

Section 597.220  Selection Criteria for Award of Scholarships

 

a)         Nursing scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following:

 

1)         Recipients requesting a scholarship renewal will receive preference over other applicants if the recipients meet all the requirements in Section 597.115;

 

2)         If in any year the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of scholarships to be awarded, the Department shall, in consultation with the Center for Nursing Advisory Board, give preference to applicants in the following manner:

 

A)        Financial need, as shown on a current SAR, of students who will pursue their education on a full-time or close to full-time basis and who already have a certificate in practical nursing, a diploma in nursing, or an associate degree in nursing and are pursuing a higher degree.  (Section 5(3)(A) of the Law)

 

B)        A student's merit, as shown through his or her grade point average, class rank, and other academic and extracurricular activities (Section 5(3)(C) of the Law), including, but not limited to:

 

i)          A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or

 

ii)         Class rank in the 50th percentile or higher; or

 

iii)        Demonstration of academic achievement by having previously earned a certificate in practical nursing, a hospital-based diploma in nursing, an associate degree in nursing, or a baccalaureate degree in nursing (as applicable).

 

C)        In the event of a tie, students having the fewest number of credit hours remaining to complete the certificate, diploma or degree will be awarded scholarships.

 

b)         Nurse educator scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following:

 

1)         Recipients requesting a scholarship renewal will receive preference over other applicants if the recipients meet all the requirements of Section 597.115;

 

2)         If in any year the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of scholarships to be awarded, the Department shall, in consultation with the Center for Nursing Advisory Board, give preference to applicants in the following manner:

 

A)        Financial need, as shown on a current SAR, of students who will pursue their education on a full-time or close to full-time basis and who already have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and are pursuing a higher degree. (Section 6.5(b)(1) of the Law)

 

B)        A student's status as a registered nurse who is pursuing a graduate degree in nursing to pursue employment in an approved institution that educates licensed practical nurses and that educates registered nurses in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. (Section 6.5(b)(2) of the Law)

 

C)        A student's merit, as shown through his or her grade point average, class rank, experience as a nurse, including supervisory experience, experience as a nurse in the United States military, and other academic and extracurricular activities (Section 6.5(b)(3) of the Law), including, but not limited to:

 

i)          A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or

 

ii)         Class rank in the 50th percentile or higher.

 

D)        In the event of a tie, students having the fewest number of credit hours remaining to complete the degree will be awarded scholarships.

 

c)         Scholarship awards shall be distributed as follows:

 

1)         At least 40% of the scholarships awarded shall be for recipients who are pursuing baccalaureate degrees in nursing;

 

2)         At least 30% of the scholarships awarded shall be for recipients who are pursuing associate degrees in nursing or a hospital-based diploma in nursing;

 

3)         At least 20% of the scholarships awarded shall be for recipients who are pursuing a graduate degree in nursing; and

 

4)         At least 10% of the scholarships awarded shall be for recipients who are pursuing a certificate in practical nursing.  (Section 5 of the Law)

 

(Source:  Amended at 40 Ill. Reg. 7113, effective April 21, 2016)