Rural Health Scholars

Utah Rural Health Scholars Program

The Utah Rural Health Scholars Program was created to prepare students from rural Utah for admission to medical school, dental school, and other graduate healthcare professions along with allied health professions training programs. By participating in this program, students have opportunities for academic and non-academic experiences that will increase their likelihood of being accepted into a professional healthcare program.


The Rural Health Scholars Program is an enhancement program geared to give students opportunities that will help them as they apply to graduate level health care programs such as Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Optometry, and Physician Assistant.

RHS is a menu selection type of program. Multiple offerings can be chosen by students. Students have the option of getting SUU credit for some of the offerings. Weekly e-mails are sent to students giving them information about opportunities and tips and hints for the application process. Current health care articles e-mailed to students keep students informed about a variety of topics essential to pre-health students.

Some of the activities available within the program.

Peer Mentoring

Our office is also staffed by student peer mentors who are applying to a graduate health program this cycle. To schedule an appointment with a peer mentor, please email

What do our students think?

“I just wanted to thank you for the heads up that potentially saved me years. Thanks for all you do.”

–Shay, Dixie State University

“Things are going good for me and my little family here in Colorado. we are loving Rocky Vista. It’s been a great educational experience so far. I’ve been thinking about you lately. The longer I’m here, I meet more and more students in my class. As I get to know them and learn about where they are from and their undergrad experiences I become even more and more grateful for RHS and how awesome the program is. Whenever I tell classmates about it they are so jealous we get such special attention at SUU. I will always be grateful for how much it helped me achieve success in getting accepted to medical school.”

–Brandon, current RVU medical student from Southern Utah University, Accepted 2011

“I just received an acceptance from PCO (Pennsylvania College of Optometry) at Salus University. Its days like these that make it all worth it. Thank you for being such a large role in all of this. Optometry still has a 100% record…”

–John, Southern Utah University, Accepted Fall 2012

“It’s hard to believe I’m in the final year of medical school and am now experiencing the application cycle all over again in preparation for residency. I’ve decided to do Orthopaedic Surgery. It’s the best. As you know creative writing is not my strength, so I’m trying to get as many opinions as possible on my personal statement. I was wondering if you had time and would be willing to read it and let me know what you think? Thanks for all that you do with the students going into medicine. I probably couldn’t have done it without you.”

-Brett, Southern Utah University, accepted to Orthopedic Surgery Residency in San Antonio 2013

“I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for all of your help throughout this process. I was ecstatic with the acceptances I was blessed to have this year. I never thought I would have so many options and I have no doubt in my mind that it was the preparation from RHS that made the difference. When I spoke to Dr. Chan he specifically mentioned that he could tell I had spent tons of time writing my personal statements, and about my experiences. He mentioned that the interviewers specifically mentioned the diversity of my activities. All of those things I credit to RHS because otherwise I wouldn’t have thought some of the experiences I had were related to medicine. Those long days in the Maymester workshop paid off, and I appreciate you for your help and advice along the way. I appreciate the times you were blunt with me and told me to step it up.”

-Nate, SUU Biology Major, University of Utah Medical School, Accepted Spring 2013

“I just wanted to email you with an update on how I am doing. I just got a job offer in the Neonatal ICU at Duke University Hospital and I accepted the offer and will be starting in July! I am just so thrilled and cannot wait to start working there! I have two more months of school (Duke College of Nursing) left and I am one of the first few people in my program to already have a job. Now all I have to do is graduate and pass the NCLEX! This past year has been such a journey and I have grown and learned so much. And it all started with you! You were the first person who really encouraged me to follow my dreams and I’ll never forget that. I would have never been able to make it this far without all of your encouragement early on and I just wanted to thank you for everything that you have done for me. All of your support helped me grown into the confident woman that I am now. I am ecstatic that I am able to share me success with you.”

–Katie, SUU Interior Design Major, Duke College of Nursing, Graduated Spring 2013