Physicians for Rural Georgia Program

Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship Application

The 2020-21 Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship cycle is open. The application cycle will close Feb. 28, 2020. Apply for the scholarship.

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The Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship is awarded to students who are committed to practice medicine in medically underserved rural areas of Georgia. Recipients of the scholarship will be named Nathan Deal Scholars. These scholars will receive financial assistance and leadership training to successfully meet the health care needs of rural Georgia.


Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the four-year M.D. program at MUSM and be a Georgia resident with strong ties to rural Georgia.

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship covers 85% to 100% MUSM tuition for a maximum of four academic years. Approximately seven-eight new scholarships will be awarded annually.

Scholarship Renewal

Awards will be renewed annually for Nathan Deal Scholars who maintain satisfactory academic progress, actively participate in MUSM 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 in a medically underserved rural Georgia county is required. 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 each year. The Scholarship Committee will review all submitted applications and schedule interviews with the most qualified applicants on a rolling basis. Once all scholarships have been awarded, the application process will be closed until the following year.

Selection Criteria

Nathan Deal Scholars will be selected by the Physicians for Rural Georgia Program Committee based on the applicant’s strong ties to rural Georgia, character, leadership qualities, community involvement and characteristics that indicate a high likelihood of continuing to serve in rural Georgia once the scholarship’s medical service commitment has been fulfilled.

To learn more about the Physicians for Rural Georgia program, call 1-800-MERCER-U.

Terri Walker, M.P.A.
Director of Special Programs