Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program
Be free to care
Don’t let debt divert you from your dreams.
The Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program allows students to graduate without tuition debt, provided they become Geisinger physicians upon completion of residency training: one year of service equals one year of support, with a two-year minimum.
Imagine being free to serve the communities you love, working within a system driven by kindness, excellence, learning and innovation.
Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program:
- Is inspired by federal military and Public Health Service scholarship programs -- full tuition is awarded to selected students for a period of two to four years, depending on student choice and continued qualification.
- Obliges the award recipients to practice as Geisinger-employed physicians upon completion of residency training: one year of service is required for each year of support, with a two-year minimum commitment.
- Calculates the amount of loan forgiveness on a pro-rata basis as recipients complete their employment obligation.
- Does not accrue interest or payments during medical school or residency training. The interest rate during the forgiveness period (employment after residency) is based upon applicable federal rate published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Recipients will get specific consideration in curricular assignments. In particular, for their clinical experiences, they will be prioritized to Geisinger sites and assigned a Geisinger clinician as an advisor for their four years and also offered opportunities to pursue research projects with Geisinger investigators.
- This proposal differs from the federal program in that it does not include a stipend. This keeps the cost per student down, allowing for more awards – something our medical students themselves said was important. However, as an additional incentive, at the time of award initiation, Geisinger provides recipients with a list of specialties the clinical system expects will be in consistent demand. Recipients who Match to a specialty on that list will receive, after the residency Match but before graduation, an additional loan payment of $25,000 as an incentive to choose one of those preferred specialties.