OUR LEGACY, OUR FUTURE
The Provident Foundation provides access to education, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities for underrepresented Chicago area youth pursuing careers as next generation doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in keeping with the historical legacy of Provident Hospital and Training School and its founder Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.
African American medical students are more than twice as likely as white students to express the intention to work in high-poverty, minority communities. However, according to American Association of Medical Colleges and U.S. Census data, only 6.2% of medical school graduates are African American despite accounting for 13.4% of the population. Furthermore, only 5.3% of medical school graduates are Hispanic relative to more than 18.3% of the population. We are committed to improving and increasing the number of healthcare providers giving back and transforming our community.
MEET PROVIDENT SCHOLAR, ERIC MADU
Eric was awarded a Provident Scholarship in 2016, while a senior at Chicago State University, and has been an incredibly engaged and treasured member of the Provident Foundation family since then. The path from Chicago State to medical school is not traveled. Chicago State has not had a student graduate and continue on to medical school in recent history. Eric’s journey is unique and is one that speaks to the power of faith, persistence, hard work, and having a community of supporters that you are intentional about tapping into and maximizing. As a Provident Scholar, Eric Madu receives mentoring and support from the foundation.
BE A PART OF THE FUTURE
When you give to the Provident Foundation you become a part of the solution by addressing racial disparities in the healthcare system, and by providing mentoring and on-going support to our scholarship recipients throughout their undergraduate and pre-med studies continuing into their medical careers.