New University of Illinois school to grant full scholarships

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The first class of students to be accepted to the University of Illinois’ new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition. 

The News-Gazette reports that the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has received approval to begin recruiting its first class of 32 students for the fall of 2018. Each student will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors.

Dr. King Li is the medical school’s dean. He says the school has already raised enough funding to cover 15 scholarships.

Li says the scholarships will be used to lure students, in part because the school will collect applications later than other medical schools.

The school won’t get provisional accreditation until its first class reaches the second year. Full accreditation would be given when the inaugural class is in its final year.