Overview

Overview

The Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship was created by Alice Kruse in memory of her husband, Robert D. Kruse, DPE.  Dr. Kruse was the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s School of Physical Therapy from 1956 to 1962, and retired as a faculty member from Cuyahoga Community College in 1986.  He earned a Physical Therapy certificate from the Mayo Clinic, Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and Doctorate degree in Physical Education (DPE) from Springfield College. 

Dr. Kruse, who was visually impaired, enthusiastically supported and encouraged all students, especially those determined to advance their education as far as they could. His goal was to ensure those students had the resources to unlock their full potential and obtain that education.  

Students are required to submit their Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship Application online.

The application deadline is March 31, 2022.

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About the Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship Fund for Allied Health Professionals

Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

Purpose

The Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship was created by Alice Kruse in memory of her husband, Robert D. Kruse DPE. Dr. Kruse was the Director of Cleveland Clinic's School of Physical Therapy from 1956-1962, and retired as a faculty member from Cuyahoga Community College in 1986. He earned a Physical Therapy certificate from the Mayo Clinic, Master's degree from the University of Michigan, and Doctorate degree in Physical Education (DPE) from Springfield College.

Dr. Kruse, who was visually impaired, enthusiastically supported and encouraged all students, especially those determined to advance their education as far as they could. His goal was to ensure those students had the resources to unlock their full potential and obtain that education.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited certificate, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree health science program. Medical and nursing students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Applicants must be going into the final year of a health sciences program to be considered (with a graduation date of December 2022 and August 2023). The final year of a health sciences program is considered to be the final year of the program leading to eligibility to practice in the health sciences profession for which the applicant is training. Applicants in the final year of a degree program that is a precursor for the professional degree/certificate program are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must have confirmed or completed clinical rotations at a Cleveland Clinic facility in order to be eligible for this scholarship.

Although students from all health sciences programs are eligible to apply, preference may be given to students from health sciences programs based on the workforce needs of Cleveland Clinic.

Details

Recipients of the scholarship could receive up to $5,000. The money will be sent directly to the school and applied to meet student academic expenses (tuition and fees). Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to apply for open positions at Cleveland Clinic facilities upon completing their program.

Application Process

Submit all documents by March 31, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicant is responsible for the following:

  1. Completing the online Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship Application.
  2. Uploading FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
  3. Completing one-page typewritten statement (no more than 400 words) describing the circumstances that have impacted your journey to your selected career path. Non-traditional (i.e. second career, delayed education, etc.) students are welcome to share their journey within their statement.
  4. Uploading signed recommendation waiver form.
  5. Facilitating the recommendation submission process. Applicants are required to provide their required recommendation form to the two individuals from whom the applicant wishes to solicit recommendations. The Center for Health Sciences Education will not provide this paperwork on the student's behalf. Only recommendations on the required form will be accepted. Supplementary letters of recommendation will not be considered. One recommendation must come from a faculty member of your health sciences program. Additional instructions will be provided during the application process.
  6. Ordering an official transcript from your college or university. Your official transcript must be emailed by your academic institution directly to [email protected]. If your transcript is submitted by you directly it will not be accepted. Once your transcript has been received it will be uploaded to your application by a member of the Center for Health Sciences Education. You are permitted to submit both your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable). However, both are not required. Only your most recent transcript is required for the application.

**Please note: The applicant is responsible for the completeness of their application. Applicants are able to check their application status and request automatic updates from the online application system if desired. If the system does not indicate a status of "complete" two weeks after the applicant has completed ALL of the required steps the applicant should follow up with their recommendation writers to confirm that they have submitted the recommendation form. If the recommendations have be submitted, the applicant may reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Review Process

Members of the Cleveland Clinic Health Professions’ Education Council and Mrs. Kruse will serve on the review and selection committee.

Timeline

Open application period: February 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022
Review and selection process: April 1, 2022 – May 15, 2022
Recipients notified by: July 31, 2022
Disbursement issued to schools: Fall semester
Winner Recognition Ceremony: November (Date TBD)

Questions?

Please call the Center for Health Sciences Education at 216.444.5678 option 4 or [email protected]

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