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Arkansas Rural Practice Scholarship program

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Campuses
Mar 11, 2022



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.

Participants are required to follow the Rural Practice Curriculum, participate in AHEC Scholars, and are encouraged to join the Rural Medicine Student Leadership Association.


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
  • Geriatrics
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

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.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, program flyer, program fact sheet, and the application are available on the program website.

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.

Tagged as
Emergency department and urgent care services · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Primary care · Surgery · Arkansas

Organizations (1)

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Campuses, view details

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