A-State announces new pre-med scholarship to encourage practicing in rural Arkansas

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Arkansas State University (A-State) has announced the establishment of the Arkansas Family Health Foundation Pre-Med Scholarship.

It was created to assist full-time, upper-level pre-med majors at A-State and instituted following a commitment of $25,000 by Arkansas Family Health Foundation.

The scholarship is part of an effort to encourage physicians to practice medicine in rural Arkansas.

ARcare ScholarshipDr. Anne Grippo (second from left), interim Dean for the College of Sciences and Mathematics, accepted the scholarship on behalf of Arkansas State University from Gregg Ratliff (far left), director of development at the Arkansas Family Health Foundation; Dr. Steven F. Collier, CEO of ARcare and Arkansas Family Health Foundation; and Chris Gibson (far right), ARcare senior vice president of operations.

“The college is truly grateful to the Arkansas Family Health Foundation for their generous gift, which will be used toward educating future physicians,” said Dr. Anne Grippo, Dean of the College of Sciences & Mathematics.

Qualifications for receiving the scholarship include a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25, with priority given to students demonstrating a financial need from counties served by the ARcare family of clinics.

ARcare currently operates 34 primary clinics in Arkansas. Some are located in this area of the state including Batesville and Southside.

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