Student debt weighs heavily on medical students and affects their decisions about practice areas. As a nonprofit, the proposed KHSC – KansasCOM seeks to solve the community problem of inadequate access to health care. Some students may come from families able to finance their educations and others will access student loans to finance their educational costs. Many students will come from families that will need to assume a high level of student-loan debt to complete their educations. That high debt could work against our goal of producing practitioners who will serve rural communities with family-centered care.
Further, lack of competitive scholarships can have a ripple effect on the overall success of the program, beginning with the students we enroll, their test scores, and our ability to attract a diverse student body. Support for scholarships and fellowships is essential to achieving our goal of addressing the healthcare crisis in the state and ensuring our commitment to diversity.