Even successful Latino/a physicians are often overwhelmed by the responsibility that inevitably comes with being the first in the family to reach seemingly insurmountable milestones—graduating from college, becoming a doctor, or publishing in academia.
“Being the first and only Latina in the department—or sometimes the entire medical center—can lead to fatigue and unanswered questions,” said Dr. Carla Minutti, a pediatric endocrinologist and researcher at Rush University Medical Center.
Many underrepresented and underserved communities have significant barriers to enroll and complete degrees in many disciplines and modalities of healthcare, not the least of which is a financial one.
By offering merit and need-based scholarships on an annual basis, MOLA aims to offer an important and meaningful source of support for our talented youth in order to reduce the overwhelming cost that many students face in the process of seeking a degree in healthcare. MOLA’s Scholarship Program will be a meaningful investment in the talent needed to address disparities in communities experiencing gaps in health status. MOLA Scholars will also be the future leaders that will move forward MOLA’s mission of addressing the health needs of Latinos with the most need in Chicago.
According to Dr. Jonathan Moreira, who is leading the MOLA Scholarship Subcommittee, “I joined MOLA so that we could help develop and mentor the next generation of Latino healthcare leaders. There are few things as professionally rewarding in helping these vibrant young Hispanics and Latinos find their voice!”
In 2018, after only celebrating one year since MOLA’s founding, we received a donation from Salesforce to facilitate our inaugural scholarship award. We are now also pleased to count on a partnership with the Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation for scholarship funds for the 2018-19 academic year. If you or your organization are interested in donating to advance MOLA’s efforts to support and reward the next generation of Latino health leaders, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Moreira with students, Yajaira 1st scholarship recipient with Pilar Ortega, MD
MOLA Scholarship program is open to students who sign a one-year commitment to volunteer for MOLA’s Public Health Program and/or our partner community organizations and develop and implement a scholarly project resulting from their experience. The scholarly project is submitted as an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the following year’s MOLA Latino Health Symposium. Mentorship for their scholarly activity will be provided by mentors (MOLA physician members) within MOLA’s Mentorship Program.
MOLA’s Scholarship program will provide financial support ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per calendar year to be applied to tuition and/or living support to full- or part-time students enrolled in accredited health technical, undergraduate, or graduate programs in the Chicagoland area.
Prerequisites for applicants are:
1. Completed MOLA Scholarship Application Form. (Complete it online here)
a. Demographic information will ask basic information about you.
b. Educational information will ask about your educational background and schools you have attended.
c. Scholarship and Academic/Professional Development will ask about your individual academic plans and dreams with four short essay questions. We want to get to know what sets you apart and why MOLA’s scholarship opportunity is right for you!
d. Indicate your commitment to complete a scholarly project that includes a minimum of 5 hours/week over 6-month period per schedule arranged by individual awardees between March and October, 2019. Awardees will be assigned a MOLA physician or health professional mentor to supervise and guide their work.
e. Indicate your commitment to present project at the MOLA Latino Health Symposium in the Fall of the following calendar year (October, 2019, exact date TBD.)
2. Supporting Documentation
- Curriculum Vitae (4 pages max.)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Financial need (FAFSA, income tax statements, and/or statement of need).
- Letter of good standing from current educational institution.
- Most recent academic transcript.
Please submit application and all supporting documentation by December 1st, 2018. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Recipients of the MOLA Scholarship will be notified at the MOLA Anniversary and Awards Event in February-March 2019 (exact date TBD).