WAYNE – A pair of Wayne State College students have earned a full RHOP Scholarship in the month of January.
According to a release from WSC, Hannah Mills from Norfolk and Amelia Sayer of Cambridge were both promoted from an alternate to a full Wayne State College Rural Health Opportunities Program scholarship.
Mills, a medicine sophomore student, is the daughter of Cindy Mills of Norfolk. She participates in Active Minds Club, Theta Phi Alpha, honors club and serves as a Wayne State College Navigator.
Sayer, a physical therapy student, is the daughter of Gregg and Andrea Sayer of Cambridge. She participates in Circle K, physical therapy and occupational therapy club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Red Cross and Teammates.
The need for rural health professionals continues to grow.
RHOP is a cooperative effort between Wayne State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and encourages students from rural areas of Nebraska to return to rural settings after graduation to pursue their career. Individuals selected obtain guaranteed admission to UNMC Colleges upon successful completion of studies at WSC and receive a full-tuition waiver at WSC.
Students from communities of populations less than 10,000 are granted special consideration for admission to the RHOP program. Areas of study under the program include medicine; pharmacy; dentistry; dental hygiene and medical technology.
A shortage of rural health practitioners in Nebraska prompted higher education institutions to implement the RHOP program in 1989. Selection of candidates is based on an applicant’s residency in a rural Nebraska community, academic potential and commitment to practice in rural Nebraska.