Rural Health Scholars graduating May 2015Indiana State University, in partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, offers a unique scholarship opportunity for Indiana residents designed specifically for applicants who have a strong interest in providing care to family and friends in rural Indiana, specifically as a primary care physician. This program is not designed for students interested in becoming nurses, physicians’ assistants, or any other allied health occupation. 

Students admitted to the Rural Health Program will complete a baccalaureate degree at Indiana State University in a major chosen from approximately 125 degree programs. After successfully completing the four-year undergraduate degree at Indiana State, students who have completed all program components and met the grade point average and MCAT requirements will matriculate to the Indiana University School of Medicine to begin training as a medical doctor. This program is available for Indiana residents only.


  • Full tuition waivers for undergraduate study
  • A small campus with personal attention from faculty and advisors
  • Interaction with IUSM students and faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine - Terre Haute on the ISU campus
  • A freshman premedical learning community
  • Summer internship experiences with rural physicians and rural clinics
  • Undergraduate research experience
  • Personal and specialized academic advising
  • Attendance at Indiana Rural Health Association Conference
  • Attendance at Mini-Medical School for optional course credit
  • Full participation in the ISU Honors Program