Arkansas Rural Practice Scholarship program
The Rural Practice Scholarship program provides forgivable loans for Arkansas students who are enrolled, accepted, or alternates for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and who agree to practice full-time primary care medicine in a rural community in Arkansas after completion of their education. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of physicians practicing medicine in rural communities in Arkansas by allowing students who receive rural practice loans during medical school to have the loans converted to scholarship grants based upon a 4 year service agreement in an approved community.
Eligible applicants are residents of Arkansas with financial need who are enrolled, accepted for admission, or accepted as an alternate for admission to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.
Qualified practice communities must be less than 20,000 in population and more than 20 miles from a community with more than 20,000 in population.
Primary care includes:
- Family medicine
- General internal medicine
- General/internal Pediatrics
- General obstetrics/gynecology
- General surgery
- Emergency medicine
Based on funding availability, up to $16,500 per academic year for 4 years of medical school.
The current funds available allow for up to $12,000 per academic year in 2021-2022.
The service requirement for forgiving loans is 1 year of service for each year the loan was awarded.
Completed applications may be mailed or delivered to:
Tammy Henson, Administrator
Rural Practice Programs
University of Arkansas College of Medicine
4301 West Markham, # 551
Little Rock, Ark. 72205
Applications may also be turned in at the in-person informational meeting on March 11, 2022.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.