Governor Nathan Deal recognizes first students in Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship Program
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students at Mercer University are getting financial relief thanks to a program that will cover more than half of tuition for up to 4 years.
Governor Nathan Deal says, “This is the beginning of a program that will give scholarships to students who are going to be doctors in local rural communities.”
Governor Nathan Deal recognized the first 25 students to receive the Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship. This scholarship covers up to 100 percent tuition for a maximum of 4 years. Medical students who accept it will have to commit to at least 4 continuous years of full-time practice in under-served rural Georgia areas.
Some of the students are from areas that lack a great number of doctors. To get this privilege, is a hometown honor.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to return home to my community and take care of the people that I grew up around,” says Kent Beam who is a medical student at Mercer School of Medicine.
Mercer University School of Medicine received 35 million dollars from the state of Georgia last year. The school used all of the money to create this program.
“We know that the likelihood is that a young person will return back to their hometown if they have the opportunity to do so. With this scholarship the incentive is for them to go back,” Deal adds.
The medical practice where students will be working must accept medicaid patients. Mercer and Morehouse School of Medicine were selected for this opportunity. The Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship Program will accept new applicants each fall.