Two Louisville scholars selected for rural physicans scholarship program

From press reports

University of Mississippi junior Ryan Humphries and Mississippi State University junior Rachel Sharp have been selected to participate in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

Both scholars graduated in 2010 from Louisville High where Ryan was named Valedictorian, Senior Class Favorite, Star Student and received the Wildcat Award. A member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, Ryan is also an Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholar and on the Chancellor’s List. Ryan is the son of Peggy and Terry Humphries of Louisville, MS.

At Louisville High, Rachel served as Drum Major for the Pride of Louisville Marching Band, Color Guard captain, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A recent honors graduate of East Central Community College, Rachel was Color Guard Captain for ECC’s Wall O’ Sound Band. She also served as President of ECC’s Astronomy Club and is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Sharp of Louisville, MS.

Created in 2007, MRPSP identifies college sophomores who demonstrate the necessary commitment and academic achievement to become a competent, well-trained rural primary care physician in our state. Two years of undergraduate academic enrichment include MCAT preparation and a longitudinal rural clinical experience will be provided for up to 20 students per year. Upon completion of all medical school admissions requirements, the student will be admitted to the UMMC School of Medicine through the Direct Admissions process.

During medical school, each MRPSP scholar may receive $30,000 per year based on available funding. Solid legislative support coupled with private foundation funding translates to 53 MRPSP medical students receiving a total of $1,590,000 this fall. Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP Scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, OB/GYN or pediatrics. The MRPSP Scholar must provide 4 years of service in a clinic based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school, earn MCAT preparation valued at $2,000, earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact MRPSP Executive Director Janie Guice at 601-815-9022, jguice@umc.edu or http://mrpsp.umc.edu.