According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, under the federal definition of Health Professional Shortage Areas, 62 out of Alabama’s 67 counties are considered as having a primary care shortage. To help meet this need, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama committed to invest $3.6 million in scholarships to provide 12 primary care scholarships per year for five years.

The physicians will then return to practice in a county with a primary care shortage after they complete their residencies. The scholarship pays the tuition of 12 third- and fourth-year students each year.

Application Requirements:

  • Be a third-year or fourth-year medical student.
  • Be interested in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, OBGYN, or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.
  • Commit to serving rural or small-town Alabama for a minimum of three years after training.