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Medical or Osteopathic School Phase

Based on available funding each year, scholarship applicants who have been admitted to or currently attending medical or osteopathic school in Mississippi will be considered for scholarships valued up to $35,000 per year. Strong preference is given to students attending the University of Mississippi's School of Medicine. Scholarship recipients will be selected from current medical students and college seniors who have been admitted to medical or osteopathic school prior to the April 1 application deadline.

Scholarship application

In order to apply, students must complete an online application by April 1.


  • $35,000 per year scholarship
  • Recognition of MRPSP Scholar status from faculty members
  • Professional mentoring by rural primary care practitioners

Service obligation to Mississippi

Upon completion of residency training in family medicine, pediatrics, combined medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology or general internal medicine, the MRPSP Scholar must enter a clinic-based practice in a community of 15,000 or fewer located more than 20 miles from a medically served area for a period of time equal to the number of years scholarship funding was received.

The practice site must be pre-approved by the MRPSP Board of Directors during the final months of residency training. Service must begin within 90 days of the completion of residency training.

Default penalty

Breach of the agreement at any stage of training (medical school or residency training) shall invoke the repayment of all scholarship funds plus additional default penalties. Failure to complete residency training in primary care or practice medicine in a prescribed community immediately places the Scholar in default and subject to repayment.