SREB Osteopathy Loan/Scholarship

Program Overview
The primary objectives of this program are to provide education opportunities to students who wish to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and address Mississippi’s health care shortage by providing a constant source of qualified medical doctors.  SREB awards will be made available, to the extent of appropriated funds, to persons seeking an Osteopathic Medicine degree at an approved out-of-state school in exchange for employment in Osteopathic Medicine in the State of Mississippi.

Important Dates
Application dates: January 1 – March 31
Document deadline: April 30, except for the Letter of Acceptance, which may be submitted through June 30.
The dates are important as the number of awards and recipients are dependent upon available funds.

Eligibility
You are eligible if all the following apply:

  • You are a current legal resident of Mississippi
  • Must be enrolled full-time at an approved out-of-state SREB School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Agree to practice Osteopathic medicine full-time in the State of Mississippi upon completion of degree and residency
  • Must not presently be in default or previously defaulted on an educational loan

Click here for a complete listing of eligibility requirements.

Award Amount

  • The award amount is determined annually by the Southern Regional Education Board. Funds and will be made available to eligible participants for up to four (4) years or for the normal time required to complete the curriculum. For purposes of this program, the normal time required will be determined by when the individual student began the curriculum.
  • All recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution to continue to receive funds under the renewal process.

Service Obligation
The loan to service obligation must be rendered within the State of Mississippi for a period of, not less than, one year’s service for one year of scholarship received. Service is defined as full-time employment as a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Awarding Priorities 
The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid will make awards on a first-come first-served based upon our level of funding. However, priority is given to renewal applicants who complete the renewal process by the deadlines.

To Apply

  1. Complete the online application. This online application must be completed each academic year whether you are a prior recipient or a first-time applicant.
  2. Submit the following supporting documents:
  • Signed copy of the first two pages of student’s State Tax Return for the current year.
  • Copy of valid Mississippi driver license, unless you elected to submit it electronically during the online application
  • An official letter of acceptance from an approved school of Osteopathic Medicine, showing date admitted and entering classification.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. THE SREB OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE PROGRAM REQUIRES A COPY OF MY LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE TO AN APRROVED SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE WHERE I HAVE APPLIED; IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING FROM THE SCHOOL THAT THE LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO ME UNTIL AFTER YOUR MARCH 31st DEADLINE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
    The only exception to the submission of documents is the letter of acceptance which may be submitted after the deadline, but must be submitted by June 30th.
  2. WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL, WITHDRAW, OR HAVE TO REPEAT ANY YEAR?
    Should a recipient fail, withdraw, or have to repeat any year, he/she is suspended from participation in the Program and his/her awards are stopped until such time as the proper official at his/her institution informs the Board that he/she is ready to advance.
  3. I KNOW THAT AS A RECIPIENT UNDER THE SREB PROGRAM I HAVE A CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION TO PRACTICE IN THE FIELD MEDICINE IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO FIND A JOB IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPLETING MY DEGREE? Upon completion of the degree program and at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, all recipients are eligible for a one year grace period while seeking employment.
  4. WILL I BE ELIGIBLE TO DEFER MY EMPLOYMENT OBLIGATION TO PURSUE POST GRADUATE TRAINING?
    Post-graduate training in Osteopathic Medicine must be taken at an accredited hospital in and shall not exceed  (4) years.