Blue Cross Blue Shield/ProAssurance Scholarship Program
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BLUE CROSS), through its private foundation called The Caring Foundation, is investing in the future of the Primary Care Physician Network by making available $3 million in scholarships, over a three-year period, to ACOM for the benefit of eligible third and fourth year students. ProAssurance is also a contributing sponsor to this program and will participate as a curriculum and governance advisor. The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) will administer the Blue Cross Scholarship Program.
The scholarship pays full tuition or tuition equivalent in the amount paid by the student to ACOM for OMS III and IV. For an OMS III recipient, the scholarship payment will be paid directly to ACOM at the beginning of each semester during the OMS III and OMS IV academic years. For an OMS IV recipient, the scholarship payment in the amount of tuition for OMS years III and IV will be paid directly to ACOM. ACOM will apply the year IV scholarship to the current year tuition and pay to the student the scholarship for the OMS III year---if the student prefers, the student may opt to receive this payment in three yearly installments.
A scholarship recipient agrees that upon graduation and completion of residency training, the scholarship recipient will perform a minimum of three (3) years of full-time service providing primary care services at an approved site in one of Alabama's medically underserved counties or cities with fewer than 50,000 residents as of the most recent census. Scholarship recipients are required to begin service as soon as possible upon completion of their residency training program, but no later than six (6) months after completion of their training. Scholarship recipients who, for any reason, fail to begin or fail to complete service at their approved service location are in breach of the contract and incur damages.
To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a full-time student in good standing in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at ACOM and who has a proven commitment to the primary care disciplines listed in the Program Guide. A student is ineligible if the student has a suspended or revoked DEA, has ever been sanctioned or barred from participating in a federal program, or has an existing service obligation (see Program Guide for more information on the service obligation). Applicants will be evaluated regarding their demonstrated interest in primary care, their qualifications to participate in the BLUE CROSS Scholarship Program, and their commitment to serving the underserved. Only those students who are well-prepared, committed to practicing primary care, and able to relocate to an approved site in one of Alabama's medically underserved counties or cities with fewer than 50,000 residents as of the most recent census should consider applying for this scholarship.
For more information, review the Program Announcement and Guide
Contact Financial Aid
If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.