TRP STAR Seeks High School Health Science Students Who Want to Practice Health Care in Rural/Underserved Communities

The Tennessee Rural Partnership STAR Program provides high school health sciences students who want to become physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants and are affiliated with their local HOSA Club the opportunity to receive a college scholarship. The HOSA Advisor must nominate the student, and the student must submit their transcript and write an essay to be eligible.

Seven awards are given, two $1,000 awards in each of the grand divisions of the state (West, Middle, and East) and one $2,000 award to the person judged the overall outstanding applicant. The hope is that following their training these students will return to practice in their rural/underserved community. This program helps TRP fulfill its mission to provide primary health care workforce solutions for Tennessee.

This year’s scholarship recipients were announced at the state HOSA conference. The scholarship checks and awards are also presented at the student’s high school awards day ceremony. This year’s recipients are from: Crockett County High School in Alamo, Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Hancock County High School in Sneedville, Gordonsville High School, Franklin County High School in Winchester, and Obion County Central High School in Troy.

The TRP STAR Program is one of TRP’s pipeline programs for high school health science students. We also host HOSA clubs on a daylong field trip to a Tennessee medical school where the students spend a day in the in the same simulation labs where med school students and residents train. The practice simulations include airway management, delivering a baby, suturing, ultrasound usage, robotic surgery and managing a heart attack victim.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Mary Ann Watson at or 901-569-0172.