The Medical Student Scholarship Program was created in 1952 to provide a supply of physicians for rural areas of the State and to help defray the cost of medical school for Georgia residents who desire to practice medicine in rural Georgia. The service repayable scholarship will provide up to $20,000 per year to help pay the cost of medical school in return for a contractual obligation to practice medicine full-time (a minimum of 40 hours per week) in a Board-approved Georgia county with a population of 35,000 or fewer persons.
All applicants must be legal residents of the State of Georgia and citizens of the United States. In order for an application to be considered by the Board, the applicant must be accepted into an L.C.M.E. or A.O.A. accredited four-year medical school located in the United States offering the degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). All scholarship recipients must pursue a course of study that will allow them to qualify for licensure by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.
Successful applicants must exhibit a strong commitment to practice medicine in rural Georgia (a Board-approved Georgia county having a population of 35,000 or fewer persons). Additional priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate financial need. The applicant is required to disclose his/her own financial information.
Applicants who currently hold other service obligations are not eligible to apply.
Applicants wishing to display a substantial financial hardship should submit a copy of his or her Student Aid Report (SAR), the official summary of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This report will be used by the board in assessing the financial need of the applicant outside of the GBPW provided financial forms. Applicants need only include this report if he or she would like to demonstrate substantial financial need for scholarship funding.
All scholarship recipients are required to sign a contract with the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce agreeing to the terms and conditions upon which the scholarships are granted. This contract establishes the amount of the scholarship award, the date of the contract and the corresponding census count used to determine eligible practice locations, as well as the terms and conditions of program participation pertaining to medical training, obligated service and the conditions of default and cash repayment.
For each year of full-time medical practice in a Board-approved Georgia county having a population of 35,000 or fewer persons, or at any hospital or facility operated under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Georgia Department of Corrections or the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the recipient will receive credit for the amount of scholarship funds which he or she received during any one year in medical school. The authority for county populations is the Decennial Census Count of the United States Bureau of the Census effective at the time the scholarship contract is signed.
Scholarship funding is based upon the amount of funds appropriated to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce by the Georgia General Assembly. Upon the submission of a signed contract and verification that the student is enrolled in the medical school named in said contract, scholarship funding is authorized. Scholarship funds are disbursed directly to the medical school to address yearly tuition and fees.