Applications are now available - due by May 01

by Brenda Matherly

Applications are now available for the 2013 rural nurse practitioner scholarships.  This year Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB®) will again offer five $4000 scholarships to qualified applicants. The scholarship program, now in its 21st year, helps encourage and develop a pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois.  Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural county in Illinois. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program.  Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP).  Applications and information have been sent to each county Farm Bureau® and placed on the RIMSAP website at

We will again this year be encouraging County Farm Bureaus to promote this program locally.  Applications are due in the IFB office by May 1, 2013. For additional information, contact Mariah Dale-Anderson at  309-557-2350, or via e-mail at