Nathan Deal Scholarship

The 2022-23 application cycle is now open!


The Nathan Deal Scholars Program was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding medical students who exemplify the highest values of the medical profession and are leaders in their commitment to Mercer’s mission. Upon completion of residency, Nathan Deal Scholars are committed to four years of continuous, full-time medical practice in a medically underserved rural Georgia county. In addition to financial assistance, these scholars will receive leadership training to help prepare for the clinical challenges that may arise while in practice.


Applicants must be a Georgia resident with strong ties to rural Georgia and currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the Mercer University School of Medicine four-year MD program.

Scholarship Amount

Approximately seven new scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship covers 85-100% of tuition for a maximum of four academic years.

Scholarship Renewal

Nathan Deal Scholarships will be renewed annually for those who maintain satisfactory academic progress, actively participate in Mercer’s rural health research and leadership development activities, and display continued commitment to rural Georgia.

Service Commitment

Upon completion of residency, four years of continuous, full-time medical practice is required in a medically underserved rural Georgia county. The medical practice must accept Medicaid patients. No credit will be granted for partial completion of the service obligation.

Application Process

The application cycle opens in January. On a rolling basis, the scholarship committee will review all applications and schedule interviews with the most qualified. Once all scholarships have been awarded, the application cycle will close until the following year.

Selection Criteria

Nathan Deal Scholars will be selected by the Physicians for Rural Georgia Program Committee based on a variety of criteria including strong ties to rural Georgia, exceptional character, leadership qualities, community involvement and other factors that indicate the applicant will likely continue to serve in rural Georgia once the scholarship’s medical service commitment has been fulfilled.