PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Students from Appalachia interested in health care fields can now study at Transylvania University and return to their home region to work for Appalachian Regional Healthcare thanks to a new partnership.
The program is open to both prospective and current Transylvania students from counties in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia in the ARH service area interested in working in health care, including as a health care practitioner or an administrator.
Students can study pre-health, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, computer science, accounting, business management, or social services.
President Brien Lewis said, “Transylvania and ARH share a mission to serve the state of Kentucky and the people who live, learn and work here. Transy has a long tradition of educating and preparing people for successful and meaningful careers in health care — approximately 90% of the students we recommend to health profession schools are accepted, compared with a national acceptance rate of about 50%. This partnership is really just an extension of that.”
The first cohort of students will be notified in February 2022. Recipients must agree to return to Appalachia following graduation from Transylvania, or following the completion of graduate or professional degrees, and work for ARH for a minimum of three years.
Students selected for the scholarship program may receive up to $15,000 over four years — in addition to other merit and need-based aid — and will have access to experiential learning opportunities during their undergraduate studies in the form of summer work, mentorships, and internships with ARH.
Applications for the program will be available in the coming weeks at transy.edu/ARH.
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