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Dishner Rural Healthcare Loan/Scholarship

The Paul F. Dishner Rural Healthcare Loan/Scholarship Program provides need-based financial support to PBPM students.  Once accepted to the PBPM program, students are encouraged to apply for Dishner funds if they intend to practice medicine in the underserved rural areas of Appalachia, including Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, and Northern Tennessee. Upon completion of medical training, Dishner awardees must commit to one year of practice in a rural location.

One of seven children born in 1925 to a poor but respected and hard-working family in Duffield, Va., Dr. Dishner knew he wanted to be a doctor from the age of 9. His desire was inspired in part by his mother, Sibyl Miller Dishner, who served the Duffield community as a lay midwife at a time when the scarcity of doctors in Scott County meant she both delivered babies and tended to other health concerns of her neighbors.  Throughout his career, Dr. Dishner maintained a lifelong interest in Southern Appalachia and by establishing this fund at his death, he hoped to improve the quality of health care in the region.

Applying for the Dishner

If you're interested in applying for the Dishner Scholarship, please complete the application below and email to

Applications are reviewed and awards are given on a rolling basis, so we strongly encourage applying early. Winners will be notified via email and scholarship amounts may vary depending on need and availability.

Billing & Disbursements

Tuition and fees are broken into 3 (roughly) equal bills in the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.

**Any Dishner funds will be disbursed two days prior to the bill's due date.

  • Summer 2023 bill is due June 22, 2023 

  • Fall 2023 bill is due August 16, 2023

  • Spring 2024 bill is due January 10, 2024


Note: Tuition and fees are typically due about a week before the semester begins with the exception of Summer sessions. 

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