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University of Nebraska Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP)

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University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dec 1, 2023

Peggy Abels


The Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) provides scholarships and professional development for high school seniors from rural Nebraska who wish to practice in rural Nebraska following the completion of specific health professions educational programs.

There are positions available for students to pursue the following professions:

  • Dentistry
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy

Eligible applicants are high school seniors from rural Nebraska who:

  • Will receive a high school diploma or equivalent within the current school year
  • Have a sincere interest in becoming a healthcare provider
  • Have a willingness to practice in rural Nebraska
  • Have scored a minimum ACT composite of 23 or above before the application deadline

Additional factors that may be considered in student selection include:

  • Individual is from an environment of economic disadvantage
  • Individual will be a first generation college student
  • Individual demonstrates an active involvement in communities and neighborhoods where opportunities are diminished, especially those opportunities to receive the benefits of healthcare
  • Proficiency in languages spoken in underserved communities with healthcare needs
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Each participant will:

  • Receive a full tuition scholarship for coursework at University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK)
  • Follow a special curriculum and participate in professional development activities at UNK that will prepare them for their healthcare program at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
  • Receive admission to their specified healthcare program at UNMC upon satisfactory completion of all requirements within the prescribed timeline
  • Participate in the KHOP Learning Community for freshmen that includes a partial room scholarship
Application process

A link to the program brochure is available on the program website.

Students must first apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

After being admitted, students can log into the MyBLUE system and find the KHOP application under "Admitted Incoming Freshmen."

Tagged as
Dental workforce · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Nurses · Occupational therapy · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physical therapy · Physician assistants · Physicians · Scholarships for health careers · Nebraska

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