The scholarship is designed to support first-year medical and nursing students in Arkansas, who are interested in practicing medicine in rural areas of the state.
"Rural parts of Arkansas face an immense shortage of primary healthcare professionals, and the demand for these positions is only expected to grow. This rural healthcare shortage is compounded by the fact that education costs are increasingly unaffordable for many students who would otherwise serve in these areas," says Dr. Branman. "This scholarship will assist first-year healthcare students with tuition and other education costs while encouraging them to reside in and serve rural areas of our state post-graduation."
All Arkansas residents who are pursuing a degree in a medical specialty and are committed to practicing medicine in underserved parts of the state are encouraged to apply. Eligible degrees include: Doctorate (MD, DO, DPM, DDS, DMD, DPM, DMD, OD, PsyD, PharmD, DCM, DS, DPT, DSN, PhD, DNP), Nursing (RN, NP, CNM, CRNA, LPN), Master's (MPH, MM, MMS, MN, MNA, MPharm, MPAS, MSN, MSM), and Physician's Assistant (PA, PAC).
Applications will be reviewed by the Branman Scholarship Committee. The committee will choose an award recipient based on the quality of the application and adherence to the scholarship requirements.
Scholarship funds can be used on supplies, textbooks, technology, transportation costs, housing and on-campus expenses.
Applications are accepted until May 28, 2021.