Rural Scholars


Meet Central Louisiana AHEC’s 2017 Rural Scholars

Christina Rubio
Louisiana State University
Brooke Hillman
Louisiana State University
Madelyn Peavy
University of Louisiana- Lafayette
Honor Herring
UL- Lafayette











“Rural Scholars has provided me with so much useful knowledge of the application process for medical school. It has provided me with so much insight into different aspects of the medical field- professors, students, practicing physicians.  It has been an amazing experience.”-Madelyn Peavy, University of Louisiana, Lafayette


“This program has allowed me to be exposed to so much insight regarding all aspects of the application process.”-Christina Rubio, Louisiana State University

The Rural Scholars Program equips and encourages talented, high-achieving pre-med students from rural communities to submit an application to LSU Health Shreveport and to ultimately become primary care physicians in rural Louisiana. Students selected to participate have hands-on opportunities to learn about medical school from medical school faculty and staff during a series of retreats. Participants learn about MCAT review, financial aid, the application process, and interview techniques. Medical student and community primary care physician mentors provide guidance, encouragement and clinical exposure.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Full-time college sophomore students who…

Applicants MUST have:

  • a minimum ACT score of 22 or 1050 on the SAT
  • current enrollment in a Louisiana college or university
  • a college GPA of 3.4 or higher

Applicants MUST be:

  • from a hometown with a populations of 20,000 or less
  • committed to return to a rural primary care practice in Louisiana

What are the Benefits of Participation?

Four retreats over a 2 year period will prepare students to be competitive LSU  Health- Shreveport applicants.  Selected students will:

  • tour the medical school campus
  • meet with faculty members
  • interact with medical students
  • learn interview techniques
  • explore the medical school application process
  • receive financial aid information
  • be paired with mentors
    • a community primary care physician
    • or a LSU Health Shreveport medical student
  • be introduced to problem based learning
    • through patient care
    • basic skills assessment
    • patient history
    • first-aid
    • life support
  • Gain knowledge of community based care

Participation in the Rural Scholars program is by invitation only and is limited to previous CLAHEC health careers program participants who have expressed a keen interest in applying to medical school. For more information about this program please contact Gabrielle Juneau via email or by phone at 318-443-2855.