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BC alum Cupit receives Rural Physicians Scholarship

Taylor Cupit of Bogue Chitto was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship.

The scholarship is valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. The Bogue Chitto alum and Mississippi College graduate is the daughter of Jeff and Kathy Cupit.

The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi.  During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 per year based on available funding. Consistent legislative support of the MRPSP translates to 61 medical students receiving a total of $1,830,000 to support their education this fall. In addition, three privately funded scholarships are also awarded this year from the Madison Charitable Foundation, the Selby and Richard McRae Foundation, and the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi. Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical school, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology. He or she must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 15,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural students to earn a seat in medical school and earn a $120,000 scholarship in return for four years of service and learning the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact MRPSP Associate Director Steven Carter at 601-815-9022, jscarter@umc.edu or mrpsp.umc.edu.