MD/MPH student Travis Nielsen presents at PULSE event with high school students.

Education is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. At the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, we are committed to helping make your education accessible and affordable. 

Begin by exploring your resources and options: 


The Robert and Betty Parkinson Scholars Award 

Named for Loyola alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Parkinson Scholars Award honors their commitment to helping ensure access to quality health care and the recognition that such health care is a basic human right. Bob and Betty Parkinson took to heart the Ignatian value of “being persons for others.” The Parkinson Scholars Award supports exceptionally talented students with demonstrated financial need who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and will use their Parkinson education to improve the health and health care of individuals, communities, and systems.  

Awarded each semester to up to 10 Parkinson upper-class undergraduates (rising juniors or seniors) and graduate students, it includes an $8,000 tuition-restricted scholarship and additional funds to support scholarly activity. Scholars are selected to represent the broad range of the Parkinson School’s disciplines.  


  • Matriculation in a Parkinson degree program with a minimum part-time enrollment status
  • Upper-class undergraduate (rising junior or senior) or incoming graduate student status with at least one academic year until graduation. Preference will be given to Arrupe College alumni. 
  • Undergraduate applicants must have declared a Parkinson program as their major 
  • Superior academic performance in their current program as determined by the program director 
  • Demonstrated financial need based on information provided to Loyola’s Financial Aid Office, including FAFSA and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid 
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice through academic and/or service work 
  •  Strong interest in developing leadership skills and serving in a leadership capacity  
  • Pathway Scholarship recipients, MD/MPH and MD/HIDS students are not eligible to apply for this award 


Parkinson Scholars will serve a minimum one-year academic term beginning Fall 2021 and will commit to the following:  

  1. At the beginning of the first scholarship year, the Parkinson Scholars cohort will identify a social justice or health equity issue as the focus of their academic and/or service work for the year
  2. Completion of a reflection based on the year as a Parkinson Scholar. Reflections will be published by the School and presented at an annual meeting of the School’s community partners  

Program Highlights

  • Additional funds will be reserved to sponsor student participation at conferences that may occur after their year of funding. Parkinson Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in scholarly activities including the submission of a paper, abstract, or poster to an academic or professional meeting .
  • Opportunities to participate in the Parkinson Scholars Alumni Committee 
  • Mentoring future Parkinson Scholars and students 

How to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply by submitting an essay (500-1000 words) describing qualifications and relevant aspects of background or achievements focused on their commitment to social justice and health equity. A committee comprised of Parkinson faculty and staff will review the essays; your identity will be anonymous.   

Submit your application  
Deadline to apply: March 1

Questions? Contact your Program Director for more information.  

The Clarke Family Scholarship for the Advancement of Healthcare 

Named for Katie (Camila) Clarke, RN, PhD, and John M. Clarke, this award honors the Clarke Family’s commitment to advancing the field of Healthcare Administration. Our Healthcare Administration (HCA) majors are the heart and soul of the future of health care. No one understands this better than Katie Clarke. As a graduate of Loyola’s nursing program, Katie had a long career in the pharma industry and taught and mentored HCA students since the first graduating class of 2009. Her dedication to education and health care has contributed greatly to the success and growth of Parkinson’s Healthcare Administration program. Even more so, Katie has contributed to the successful careers of many HCA alumni. The Clarke Family continues to enrich our HCA community through this dedicated award.  

The Clarke Family Scholarship for the Advancement of Healthcare provides one undergraduate Healthcare Administration student with a $3,000 tuition-restricted scholarship.  


  1. Declared Healthcare Administration major 
  2. Minimum part-time enrollment status 
  3. Currently enrolled and completed at least one full semester in the Parkinson School’s Healthcare Administration program 
  4. Cumulative GPA >/= 3.5  

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a written essay (maximum of four double-spaced pages) as a Word document to Olive Myers. Essays should address the following:  

  1. Reasons for choosing healthcare administration 
  2. Your academic and career goals 
  3. How you have stood out as an HCA major and student leader 
  4. How you have contributed to the HCA and/or healthcare community 
  5. How you plan to work toward health equity as a future leader 
  6. Why you deserve the Clarke Family Scholarship 

*Applications are closed for Spring 2022.