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 to provide scholarships for even more students and support their paths towards a successful healthcare career.. 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 [email protected]

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:
-Hispanic/Latino heritage
-Demonstrated interest in pursuing a health career
-Demonstrated interest in service to the Hispanic/Latino community
-Student must be currently pursuing higher education in a healthcare field and in good academic standing. (Technical, Undergraduate, Graduate programs will be considered)
1. Completed MOLA Scholarship Application Form. (Complete it online here)
The following components are part of the online Scholarship application form. Please note that the form must be completed all at once (you cannot save and submit later).

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, 2020. 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, 2020, exact date TBD.)

2. Supporting Documentation
Please provide the following supporting documents. Electronic submission is preferred via email to [email protected]. Please include “YOUR NAME – MOLA SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION” in the subject line of your message. If electronic submission is not possible, materials can be mailed to the following address (MOLA, Attn: Scholarship Subcommittee, P.O. Box 577672, Chicago, IL 60657-3012) and must be postmarked by the deadline below.
  1. Curriculum Vitae (4 pages max.)
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Financial need (FAFSA, income tax statements, and/or other documentation of need)
  4. Letter of good standing from current educational institution.
  5. Most recent academic transcript.

Please submit application and all supporting documentation by December 13, 2019. 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 2020 (exact date TBD).