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Criteria For Selection

Are you in your first-year of medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill? Do you possess a sincere commitment to return to North Carolina and practice in a rural area? Are you interested in a career in Primary Care (Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, or General Surgery)? If so, you could be a great fit for the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Rural Experience.

UNC Medical Students
UNC Medical Students
  • Preference is given to students who are from a rural community, or self-identify as rural background.
  • Applicants should be prepared to spend six weeks in Central, Eastern, or Western North Carolina (based on program selected) during the summer months between first and second year of medical school beginning mid-June and concluding in August.
  • Kenan Scholars are partners in sharing our work through attendance at recruitment events, outreach events, and often as mentors

Additional factors that may be used in selection process:

NC Rural Promise Scholar Gabrielle Nortey
Gabrielle Nortey
  • Preference for North Carolina residents
  • Financial need
  • Good academic standing

Application Timeline and Process

Applications for 2021 Kenan Rural Primary Care Scholars are now Open

  • Application deadline: January 8, 2021
  • Interviews: January 22, 2021
  • Final Selection Notifications: January 29, 2021

2020-2021 Early Kenan Rural Primary Care Scholars Program Application
Traditional application cycle will begin Fall 2020

  • You will need to provide the name of someone who can speak to your character as part of the early application process
  • Application deadline: April 15, 2020.
  • Virtual Interviews: April 17-24
  • Final Selection Notifications: April 27
  • Early applicant preference will be given to North Carolina residents
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor/mentor speaking to your rural commitment will be required before the end of the traditional cycle to confirm acceptance into the 2021 cohort