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    Can I apply for the scholarship without being in the pre-matriculation phase?

    Highly qualified students who have been admitted to or already attending UMMC School of Medicine or WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine may apply for the scholarship only by April 1 each year. Admitted MRPSP pre-matriculation program participants receive priority consideration.

    I just learned I'm accepted to UMMC or WCU. Where can I find the scholarship application?

    Check with the MRPSP office to confirm funding is still available, then complete the online application by April 1. Schedule an appointment with the executive director to discuss the program.

    How is the scholarship recipient determined? 

    Preference for scholarships will be given to applicants who participated in the pre-matriculation phase of the program. First preference will go to applicants who are admitted to The University of Mississippi School of Medicine through the MRPSP direct admission program. Secondary preference will be given to applicants who are admitted to either The University of Mississippi School of Medicine or William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine by May 1 after participating in the pre-matriculation portion of the program. Final preference will be given to applicants who have been admitted to UMMC School of Medicine or WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine who did not participate in the pre-matriculation phase of the program.

    Will the $30,000 scholarship cover all living expenses during medical school or just tuition?

    Tuition and fees continue to increase across the country. Though costs will likely change prior to your admission to medical school, the 2014-15 tuition and insurance at UMMC is $26,811. The remainder of the scholarship funding is divided into equal semester stipends to assist with books, housing, food and transportation.

    The tuition at William Carey's College of Osteopathic Medicine for 2014-15 is $38,000. Scholars must seek additional funding for the remaining tuition, housing, food, books and transportation.

    Will the stipend be enough to cover my living expenses?

    No. The stipend varies from year to year due to different fees for testing, number of months in class and tuition increases. 

    What if I change my mind about going into primary care once I'm in medical school?

    If a scholarship recipient fails to complete the four years of medical service in a rural ambulatory clinic, he or she is considered in default against the state of Mississippi, and repayment of the scholarship must begin within 90 days. This is true regardless of whether the reason is academic, personal or as a result of a change in career direction. For more details, the 2014-15 scholarship contract can be viewed here.