Arizona Rural Health Association Launches Rural Health Scholarship Program

Dear faculty members at the  UA colleges in the health sciences,  and ASU School of Social Work/Tucson component, on behalf of the Arizona  Rural Health Association, I am pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship program aimed at promoting rural practice in the field of health and social services.  As many of you know, rural and remote communities face continuing difficulties attracting health care professionals to live and practice in these areas.  The Association hopes, in some small way, that this scholarship offering will contribute to adding health care practitioners into rural health.
Attached is the application form for the AzRHA scholarship for you to share with students you think may be interested in rural practice after graduation.  The concept of the scholarship is to give students an opportunity to complete an internship in a rural community by living and working there (commuting is possible but costly) in order to expose them to rural issues and complete a project that is responsive to  issues they select.  An ideal internship could be partnered by an AHEC program which might help with living arrangements, added to which an AzRHA $1500 scholarship could help to defray expenses during the rural internship.  
The deadline date for applications is December 15, and applications  submitted to me by email.  The winner or winners will be announced by the end of December.
Please feel free to disseminate this email as appropriate.  Separately, we are  sending a similar memo to targeted faculty at ASU and NAU.
Alison Hughes
AzRHA Board Member and
Robert Fleet
AzRHA President




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