Scholarships – Unique to First Institute

A graduating class at the graduation ceremony. Everyone is is cap and gown and white and blue balloons are falling from the ceiling.
First Institute is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to the most qualified students

Financial Recognition for our Students’ Dedication to Excellence

A career education is a major investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That’s why First Institute offers deserving students the opportunity to finance a portion of their training through our scholarship options. The First Institute Scholarships are dedicated to the promotion of professionalism in the healthcare industry.


First Institute Scholarship

The First Institute Scholarship is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism in the healthcare industry and provides scholarships for education in those fields being offered at First Institute.  The fund offers a $1,000 scholarship to the most qualified student for the academic year at First Institute.

General Requirements:

  • Proof of graduation or pending graduation from a high school.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts must be included.
  • A letter of recommendation from at least one employer, educator or spiritual leader attesting to the applicant’s reliability, work ethic and professionalism that is required for a successful career in healthcare.
  • Applicant must submit a minimum of a 500 word essay on the following topic: How will your study of (Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting or Massage Therapy) contribute to your immediate or long range career plans? (Essays that are less than 500 words will be ineligible.)
  • Essays must be submitted electronically for review to scholarship@firstinstitute.edu
  • Applicant must have scored a minimum of 20 on the Wonderlic Exam or have an ACT score of at least 20. (Official ACT scores must be submitted.)
  • All admissions requirements of First Institute, Inc must be met.
  • Applicants that meet the requirements will have to sit for an interview with 1 or more of the Scholarship Committee members.
  • Applications that meet all requirements for the scholarship will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the Scholarship Committee at First Institute before determining the scholarship awardees.
  • Applications will be scored based on the First Institute Scholarship rubric.
  • Only applications that score 65 or higher (out of a possible 90 points) on the rubric will be considered.
  • There may be up to 1 scholarship awarded per cohort start.

APPLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE START DATE OF THE PROGRAM

Click here for the First Institute Scholarship Application.

For more information, call 815-828-4336


First Institute Performance Scholarship

The First Institute Performance Scholarship is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and academic performance within First Institute. This $2000 scholarship is given to an individual graduate that has met the criteria during the academic year at First Institute. The recipient selection is based both on exemplary academic performance and a profound understanding of how professionalism helps facilitate success in their career. The scholarship is offered twice per year, and the recipient is announced during the graduation ceremony.

General Requirements:

  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum of a 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative attendance of 95% or greater at the time of graduation, excluding all make-up work.
  • Applicants must submit a minimum of a 500 word essay on the following topic: Describe how you have demonstrated professionalism both in and out of school, and how it will help with your future goals. (Essays that are less than 500 words will be ineligible.)
  • Essays must be submitted electronically for review to scholarship@firstinstitute.edu
  • All graduation requirements of First Institute must be met in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • At the Financial Aid Exit Interview, eligible graduates will receive the application for submission for the Performance Scholarship.
  • Applications that meet all requirements for the scholarship will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the Scholarship Committee at First Institute, Inc. before determining the scholarship recipient.
  • Applications will be scored based on the First Institute Performance Scholarship rubric (See attached).
  • Only applications that score 48 points (out of a possible 60 points) or higher on the rubric will be considered.
  • There will be 1 scholarship awarded per graduation ceremony.

APPLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE GRADUATION CEREMONY DATE.

For more information, call 815-828-4336