Delegate Susman Wants Promise-like Scholarships for Medical and Nursing Students

Oct 15, 2010, 09:45 ET from Sally Susman

BECKLEY, W.Va., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Delegate Sally Susman is putting together legislation to create Promise-like scholarships to help more West Virginians attend medical school or nursing school and provide primary care services in the state.

"The need for physicians and nurses in primary care is growing throughout the nation and especially in such a rural state as West Virginia," Susman, D-Raleigh, said. "My proposed legislation not only would help West Virginians get the education they need to fill such occupations but also would ensure that more of them would stay to work in the state after graduation."

The proposed scholarships would be limited to medical and nursing students interested in providing primary and preventive care services. They also would be have to commit to providing those services in West Virginia for a yet-to-be-determined period following their graduation or they would have to pay back all or part of the cost of their scholarships.

"I hope the state's medical and nursing schools will recognize the need to support this legislation," Susman said. "It could help alleviate a projected shortage in primary health care workers in the years ahead."

As she develops her legislation, Susman is seeking input from others who might help her craft the best bill possible.

SOURCE Sally Susman