Why Give?

Your gift directly impacts our ability to create new knowledge, transform healthcare practice and social systems, and prepare students to positively impact the lives of Chicago residents and other communities around the world. This is your opportunity to help AHS exceed its mission.

Prepare students to effect change

We thrive in our urban environment, connecting with and serving our community, preparing students to positively impact the lives of residents of Chicago and other communities around the globe. Accessible academic excellence is our priority. Our student population, like the rest of UIC, includes a large percentage of first-generation college students and students from under-resourced backgrounds. To attract and retain students and maximize their potential, we must increase our competitive edge by offering generous scholarship packages.

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Finances are an obstacle for many students. I am grateful to be a part of this supportive community at UIC that is willing to support students like me who want to make a difference in the world. Not only is this scholarship an investment in my education, but it is also an investment in the world that we all strive to make a better place. I am only more committed to changing the world for the better in my capacity by being a recipient of this scholarship.
Gustavo Salgado  |  AHS Class of 2022

Empower individuals to lead healthy lives

We are a dynamic community of scholars, educators, practitioners and students, committed to empowering individuals to lead the lives they choose. Our faculty and students explore the intersection of health, disability, prevention and rehabilitation through diverse research across the college. Faculty members explore such concerns as stroke rehabilitation, fall prevention, educational approaches for minority students with disabilities, and support systems for African American women with cancer. Your donation empowers us to empower others.

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Pursuing a physical therapy degree at UIC was challenging because I was a single parent of two small children at the time. Through hard work, support and dedication, I succeeded with my education and went on to have a rewarding 35-year career as a pediatric physical therapist. I give to AHS to help students who come from diverse backgrounds and challenging circumstances, and to support the next generation of health care professionals.
Joan (Lockhart) Lindsay '84 BS PT

Transform healthcare practice and social systems

We apply our research directly to the communities we serve—across Chicagoland, the nation and in 24 countries around the world. Our faculty and students provide free physical education at Chicago Public Schools, offer physical and occupational therapy to impoverished populations in Peru, and use our mobile Assistive Technology Unit to evaluate homes of disabled Chicagoans and improve quality of life. Our broad-based research contributes new knowledge, therapies and interventions that directly improve individual well-being and impact the delivery of healthcare. Your donation funds transformative research.

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This scholarship allowed me to not only pursue a bachelor’s in disability and human development with a weight lifted off my shoulders, but to pursue a career within a field about which I’m deeply passionate. Receiving a scholarship served as a confirmation for me that I have the resources and willpower to succeed in the world, which wouldn't be possible without the generosity of donors. Thank you so much for everything!
Karla Velasco  |  AHS Class of 2023

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I am excited to serve our alumni and donors, and look forward to facilitating your philanthropic support of the college, its departments, people and initiatives. Whether funding student scholarships or travel awards, faculty research or recruitment, your contributions have a meaningful and profound impact.

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