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Medical Student Scholarship Program

Who is eligible?

  • West Virginia University School of Medicine students that intend to enter a primary care practice in West Virginia.

Obligation to Practice in West Virginia:

  • Scholarship recipients receive $25,000 for each year of commitment for up to 4 years ($100,000 Total)
  • Students who are awarded a scholarship must sign a contract and practice full-time (32-40 hours per week) for a minimum of one year for each year of funding at an eligible site located in a Health Professions Shortage Area (HPSA), a rural health clinic or a federally qualified health center in West Virginia
  • To locate Primary Medical Care HPSAs, go to the HPSA Find website,  select West Virginia as the state/territory, then choose the county or counties in which you are interested
  • Check the “Primary Care”  box in the "Narrow by HPSA discipline(s):" section and click the "Search>>" button.
  • If you have any questions about HPSA sites, please contact Dr. Ferrari or the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health
  • Other areas to fulfill obligation requirements will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Students are responsible for locating a practice site and must agree to provide medical services to West Virginia Medicaid and CHIP recipients
  • Failing to fulfill the service obligation results in repayment of the scholarship with interest

Submission Guidelines:

Scholarship application packets include student application, two recommendation forms and Certification of Education Status. The 2017 scholarship application is deadline is February 3, 2017. Awards will be made by March 2017. The following materials are part of the application, remember that 2 recommendations are required:

Application Form

Recommendation Form

Educational Status Certification Form


Medical Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process, so please provide complete information.  Scholarship packets should include your completed application form, two recommendation forms and the Certification of Education Status form. You may attach additional pages if needed.

Eligibility for Other Financial Incentives:

Students who are awarded a Medical Scholarship may also qualify for other financial incentives for rural practice in West Virginia. In some cases, the service obligations can be met concurrently.