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  • Medical School FAQ

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

    Highly qualified students who have been admitted to UMMC may apply for the scholarship online by April 1 each year. Admitted MRPSP pre-matriculation program participants receive priority consideration. Any remaining funds will be awarded to admitted UMMC students.

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

    Check with the MRPSP office to confirm funding is still available, then complete the online application. Schedule an appointment with the executive director to discuss 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 2012-13 tuition and insurance at UMMC is $22,612. The remainder of the scholarship funding is divided into equal monthly stipends to assist with books, housing, food and transportation.

    The tuition at William Carey's College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 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. Example: the 2012-13 monthly stipend for a M2 is approximately $650.

    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 2012-13 scholarship contract can be viewed here.