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.  The Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship fund has provided over $450,000 scholarships to 112 students since 2005.

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

The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

About the Scholarship

About the Scholarship

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

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

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. The Robert D. Kruse Memorial Scholarship fund has provided over $450,000 scholarships to 112 students since 2005.

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. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be going into the final year of a health science program to be considered (with a graduation date between December 2020 and August 2021). Preference may be given to students who have or will have clinical rotations at a Cleveland Clinic facility.

Although students from all health science programs are eligible to apply, preference may be given to students from health science 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 April 30, 2020. 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) stating your career goals (e.g. clinical practice, education, areas of interest, continuing education, clinical instructor or mentor, etc.), reasons for choosing the health science profession you are pursuing, and any pertinent life- or career-changing events that have influenced your career path
  4. Uploading signed recommendation waiver form
  5. Facilitating the recommendation submission process. Two recommendation forms are required, a reference letter may also be included in addition to the required form. One recommendation must come from a faculty member of your health science program. Additional instructions will be provided during the application process
  6. Ordering official transcript from your college or university.Your official transcript must be mailed OR emailed by your academic institution directly to the address OR email address below. If your transcript is submitted by you directly it will not be accepted. Once your transcript has been received it will be uploaded here by a member of the Center for Health Sciences Education.
  7.  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 your 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow up with Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Health Sciences Education if they have additional questions regarding their application status.

    Official transcript(s) must be mailed OR emailed to:

    Cleveland Clinic
    Education Institute
    Health Professions’ Education Council
    9500 Euclid Avenue/NA24
    Cleveland, OH 44195

    CHSEOnboarding@ccf.org

    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, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Review and selection process: May 1, 2020 – June 15, 2020
    Recipients notified by: August 1, 2020
    Disbursement issued to schools by: August 15, 2020
    Winner Recognition Ceremony: November (Date TBD)

    Questions?

    Please call the Center for Health Sciences Education at 216.444.5678 option 4