Scholarships & Awards
Academy Ambassador Opportunity for Medical Students
Are you a medical student interested in attending the MAFP Annual Scientific Assembly? Each year MAFP seeks medical students interested in Family Medicine who can join MAFP to help with registration, events, exhibits and more at its annual meeting. In exchange for this help, the student’s rooming and meals are provided by MAFP. Each interested student must complete the application on the page linked above.
The MAFP was instrumental in creating the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP), which was passed in the 2007 legislature. MRPSP is a unique longitudinal enrichment program that identifies rural students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. A solid academic and public service record, strong work ethic and desire to practice rural medicine in Mississippi are the basic requirements. By starting at the undergraduate level recruiting and mentoring students from across the state who are primarily from rural areas, MRPSP allows Mississippi to ‘grow our own’ rural primary care physicians. Ten years after its creation, MRPSP is gaining momentum, with 14 new physicians graduating in May 2017 into residency training. That brings the total number of practicing physicians who have completed the program to 24. In addition to these 24 practicing physicians, in May 2017, there were 64 students on scholarship, 42 physicians in residency training and 50 undergraduates who hope to join the ranks in the coming years. General Overview of MRPSP (PDF)
Family Medicine Leads (FML) $600 Travel Scholarships
Each year, the ‘Family Medicine Leads’ Scholarships are provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. In 2017, 250 of these scholarships were awarded to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, held July 27-29, 2017, in Kansas City, MO. All scholarships are made possible by the donations of family physicians across the country.
Rural Medical Scholars Program for High School Students
Rural Medical Scholars is a summer program for high-school students interested in pursuing a career as a family medicine physician in Mississippi. Students accepted to the program are between their junior and senior years of high school and have a minimum ACT composite score of 24. During the five-week program, students live on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville, take two college-level pre-med courses, and have the opportunity to shadow family physicians at work. Tuition, books and room are provided at no charge to participants. Food during the program and a $100 registration fee are the only costs to the Rural Medical Scholars. The RMS program is administered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.