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New Tuition Grant Program Will Support NJMS Students in Need

A new grant program is available at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to provide tuition aid for students who need support to complete their medical education. The goal of the program is to help diversify the nation's health care workforce.

Recently, the Office of Primary Care and Community Initiatives (OPCCI) at NJMS, in partnership with the Office of Admissions was awarded the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

The five year, $3.2 million HRSA grant will provide up to $32,500 in financial assistance to economically and environmentally disadvantaged medical students interested in pursuing a career in primary care and/or work in medically underserved areas (MUAs) provided they meet all the required criteria.

The grant will be the foundation for the RNJMS Removing Barriers to Success Scholarship (RBSS) Program, which seeks to diversify the health care physician workforce by recruiting and training underrepresented minority and disadvantaged medical students, thereby increasing representation in medicine and improving health care quality and equity for the community.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our students and our community. It is a privilege for me to lead this initiative," said Dr. Ana Natale-Pereira, assistant dean of OPCCI. "By supporting our students, we can substantially make an impact on primary care delivery and work to eliminate disparities in health care for our most vulnerable populations."

"The RBSS program will provide important financial support to current NJMS students, as well as future entering students," said Dr. George Heinrich, associate dean of admissions at NJMS. "In this challenging time, we are committed to further increase diversity among future physicians."

To learn more about this grant program, contact the Office of Admissions at (973) 972-4631.