The Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) announces the 2016 TRP STAR Awardees.  The purpose of the TRP STAR Award is to build a pipeline of future rural physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  Students shadow local healthcare providers and are provided a $500 scholarship to further their studies toward becoming healthcare providers themselves. The hope is that one day they will return to their hometown to practice.

TRP is pleased that we have been able to expand the number of awards from two in 2013 to seven in 2016. We are honored to present these seven outstanding rural students with scholarships and shadowing opportunities.  They are:

AwardeeHigh SchoolCountyGrand Division
Lauren ClarkRiverside H.S.Decatur CountyWest Tennessee
Morgan ReddixRiverside H.S.Decatur CountyWest Tennessee
Savannah LongHardin County H.S.Hardin CountyWest Tennessee
Sara Carter Mt. Juliet H.S.Wilson CountyMiddle Tennessee
Brooke SmedleyMoore County H.S.Moore CountyMiddle Tennessee
Ben GallowayCopper Basin H.S.Polk CountyEast Tennessee
Alissa JacksonCherokee H.S.Hawkins CountyEast Tennessee

TRP’s mission is to maximize access to primary health care in rural and underserved areas of Tennessee.  The TRP STAR Award is one of several ways that we fulfill our mission.

A special thank you Karen Utley, Tachaka Hollins, Lea Barnes, Renee Jacobs, Mary Ann Watson, Rhonda Dickman, Christy Brumit, Rachel Crotzer and Angie Dotson for your service on the selection committee.